MacBook road warriors know all the tricks of the traveling-with-your-Mac trade. How to conserve battery usage. How to find free Wi-Fi hotspots. Which apps are OK to run while on battery or while using your iPhone as the internet connection.
One set of cool features I’d like to see employed in OS X are already available in TripMode, a Mac utility app which controls and limits which Mac apps can access the internet on Wi-Fi so you don’t use too much bandwidth or battery power.
TripMode turns itself on automatically when it detects you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. You control which apps on your Mac can be used over Wi-Fi while you’re on the road. Click the TripMode icon in the Mac’s Menubar, select whichever apps you want (or don’t) to use the internet connection, and you’ll save bandwidth and battery power.
Where TripMode works best is with apps that automatically connect to the internet. That includes iTunes, the Mac App Store app, Mail, and others which download files in the background, sucking up precious bandwidth from a Wi-Fi connection. And, because specific apps are not using the internet connection at an inappropriate time, you’ll save battery juice, too.
Is TripMode a must-have Mac app for everyone? Of course not. But for any MacBook owner who is on the road, you know the value of conserving bandwidth on Wi-Fi and conserving battery usage as much as possible. TripMode does both and doesn’t cost much– perfect for Mac road warriors or the eco-minded.