MacBook Battery Settings Greyed Out In macOS Monterey?

Battery Settings greyed out on MacBook

Battery Settings greyed out on MacBook | Source: Reddit

Are the Battery settings greyed out on Mac? Are you trying show the battery status in the menu bar, or to change how quick the display turns off but all MacBook battery settings are grayed out in macOS Monterey?

MacBook Battery Settings in macOs Monterey

Depending if you’re owning an Intel-based or the new M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook you have a number of battery settings available in System Preferences -> Battery.

You can: decide if you want to show battery status in menu bar, set the idle time for the display to turn off, optimize video streaming while on battery, slightly dim the display while on battery power, toggle ‘Optimized Battery Charging’ On or Off and more.

However, some readers are reporting that all these options are greyed out in macOS Monterey. This means that they can’t change the current setup.

How To Fix Battery Settings Greyed Out On MacBook

It’s unclear for us yet if a macOS 12 glitch is causing this behavior, or certain restrictions on your MacBook are to blame. Here is what you can do to troubleshoot:

1. Restart Mac

how to force restart Mac
First, you should reboot your computer. A fresh start can clear a minor glitch that could cause the greyed out Battery settings.

Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, and use the Restart… command.

Tip: You can also apply a force restart, by simultaneously pressing & holding cmd (command) + ctrl (Control) keys along with the Power button until the screen goes blank and the Mac restarts.

2. Sign In As Admin

how to make an user admin on Mac
Another cause for this issue is the lack of privileges. To edit the battery settings you need admin privileges. So, check if you’re logged-in as one. Else you have to log out or ask the admin of your MacBook to change the settings for you.

How to: System Preferences -> Users & Groups. Check the Current User is an admin.

3. Delete Management Profile

MDM profile installed on Mac
An MDM Profile could prevent you from changing the Battery settings. If this is your personal computer you can delete the profile and unlock the options. However, if your MacBook is company owned you might have to ask your IT department to change the settings for you.

How To: Open System Preferences and look for Profiles in the bottom-right corner next to Startup Disk. If the option isn’t there it means that there’s no management profile installed on your device and you can move on.

4. Check Screen Time

Screen Time settings in macOS Monterey
Another cause for Battery settings greyed out on Mac are Screen Time restrictions. Go for System Preferences -> Screen Time and check the App Limits and Content & Privacy sections for any restrictions that might block your ability to edit the Battery settings.

Have you managed to fix Battery settings grayed out on Mac? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your feedback.

Related: Check out fixes for other common macOS Monterey issues:
AirPods cutting audio / disconnecting from Mac.
USB hubs not working in macOS 12.0.1.
Screensaver displays black screen instead of photos selected from your folder or album.
System has run out of application memory error!
Mouse cursor gets stuck unexpectedly.