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It is rare when I use my MBP on battery power. But is there a way to only enable automatic graphics switching when on battery power?

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You can try an application called "gfxCardStatus" :)

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    Not anymore; gfxCardStatus has removed that feature.
    – magma
    Oct 22 '14 at 23:39
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"is there a way to only enable automatic graphics switching when on battery power?"

Yes.

Go to System Preferences -> Energy Saver There are two tabs at the top of the window; one for battery and one for AC power.

Set the graphics switching option by checking or un-checking "Automatic Graphics Switching" in those tabs.

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    Sure, but the "Automatic Graphics Switching" checkbox is outside, meaning that it's a global setting.
    – magma
    Oct 22 '14 at 23:40
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    This answer is inaccurate. No reason to keep it.
    – Wildcard
    Sep 30 '16 at 20:11

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