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Question: Macbook screen goes black, low battery icon appears even when charged

I have a Macbook Pro retina (2013) and the machine has been great! However I have noticed lately that after closing the machine (not powering down, just closing lid), when I reopen it, the screen will be black and the low battery/plug in to power icon will appear. I plug into power as I can't 'wake-up' the machine any other way, and once power is plugged in, my battery level is always fine (ie anywhere from 25%-80%). Is this a sign that my battery could be going out? It's starting to be a slight hassle...at the same time, I don't recall this happening every time I close the lid & put the machine to 'sleep' - only sometimes. Any ideas/thoughts would be helpful. Thanks!

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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Mar 16, 2018 8:20 AM in response to kiwigirl00 In response to kiwigirl00

HI kiwigirl00,

Thanks for joining us in Apple Support Communities!

I can understand the need to have your MacBook Air responding as it should when you open and close the lid. We can help you with some troubleshooting steps. The first step we recommend is completing a reset of the System Management Controller(SMC.) It deals with low-level power functions on Mac computers and can help with the issue you are describing. The following guide provides the directions that you'll want to follow.

How to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac - Apple Support


How to reset the SMC on Mac notebooks

First, determine whether the battery is removable. Most older Mac notebooks have removable batteries. Mac notebooks that have nonremovable batteries include MacBook Pro (Early 2009 and later), all models of MacBook Air, MacBook (Late 2009), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015 and later). Learn more about Mac notebook batteries.

If the battery is nonremovable:

  1. Choose Apple menu > Shut Down.
  2. After your Mac shuts down, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time. Hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds.
    If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, the Touch ID button is also the power button.
  3. Release all keys.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

If the battery is removable:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Remove the battery. If you need help removing the battery, contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store.
  3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  4. Reinstall the battery.
  5. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.
Best regards.

Mar 16, 2018 8:20 AM

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