Though Windows 10 has got plenty of highly user-friendly features, the one I really appreciate a lot is “Battery Saver”. What makes it so special is that it provides all the possible ways to conserve the battery on your laptop.
Just a few days back my laptop running Windows 10 started running amuck. Its battery began to drain rather fast. Having noticed the unusual battery consumption, I investigated and went to the root cause of the issue. It was some power-hungry apps as well as a few unnecessary features which had become a nightmare for the battery. Fortunately, I was able to fix the battery life problems with ease thanks mainly to Battery Saver!
Are you looking to find some handy tips to extend your Windows 10 battery life? Let’s head over to find out!
Best Tips and Tricks to Improve Windows 10 Battery Life
Disabling Unnecessary Wireless Communication
One of my favorite tricks to extend the battery life is to disable wireless connections when I am not using them.
Hence, make sure to turn off all the wireless connections (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and others) when not in use. The easiest way to disable all the wireless connections is to enable Airplane mode.
To access Airplane mode in Windows 10, click the wireless network icon in the notification center, and click the Airplane mode button. Alternately, you can same access it in Action Center from quick access or just open Settings apps, Network & Internet > Airplane mode and turn on the switch.
Make Sure to Show the right colors on your display
It’s better to use black color to show up on the screen instead of red, white or yellow as they increase power usage.
In the Colors settings, you need to turn on “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” and disable “Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center” and “Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent”.
How to Access Battery Saver in Windows 10 Laptop
Battery Saver allows you to extend battery by letting you limit background activity. Besides, it offers access to system settings as well as useful battery usage.
Step #1. Select ‘Settings’ from the Start menu.
Step #2. Next, you have to select ‘System’.
Step #3. Now, click on ‘Battery Saver’ from the side column.
The Battery Saver window has been divided into two sections—Overview and Battery Saver. While Overview shows your current battery level, Battery Saver shows whether the feature is on/off.
Check Out Battery Use
The Overview window shows you a breakdown of battery usage of the apps. If you find any app draining a lot of battery, make sure to use it less. To get more information about the battery usage, you need to select any item and click on ‘Details’.
Disable Background Activity of Unnecessary Apps
You have the option to limit the background activity of any app if you are concerned about its fast battery consumption.
Note: There are some apps which background activity can’t be disabled.
Step #1. Click the top-left arrow to go back to ‘Battery Use’.
Step #2. Next, you have to select ‘Change background app settings’.
Step #3. Now, you need to choose which apps can receive information, send notifications and stay up-to-date in the background even when you are not using them. Disable the background activity of some of the unnecessary apps in order to extend battery life.
Note: You can access these settings by going to ‘Settings > Privacy > Background apps’.
Customize Battery Saver
Step #1. Click the top-left arrow and select ‘Change battery saver settings’.
Step #2. Now, you have to enable ‘Battery Saver’ and select the battery level.
Step #3. You have the option choose whether to allow push notifications when the setting is enabled or not. You can also lower the screen brightness as well.
Step #4. You can click the plus button to ‘Add an app’ and exclude it from these settings in order to run it as normal.
There is an option to set at which percentage Battery saver will be turned on. 20% is the default setting.
Use Power and Sleep Smartly
You can choose how long the screen should remain awake before turning off automatically.
Step #1. Go back to the previous screen by clicking the top-left back arrow and select ‘Power & sleep’ from the System settings side column.
Step #2. Now, select the number of minutes from the drop-down menu under ‘Screen’. Under ‘Sleep’, select how long it is before your laptop screen should turn off.
Make the Best Use of ‘Additional power’ settings
Step #1. Click on ‘Additional power’ settings at the bottom of the Power & sleep screen, under ‘Related settings’,
Step #2. The ‘Power Options’ panel will open.
A group of defined hardware, as well as system settings, is known as a ‘power plan’. You can choose pre-defined plans, change its settings, or create your own settings as per need.
You have the option to select the pre-defined Power saver plan in order to conserve more battery.
You can also click on ‘Change plan settings’ and under ‘On battery’, in order to further reduce the time it takes before the display goes off.
If you want to have more control, you need to click on ‘Change advanced battery settings’ to adjust other system behaviors.
Step #1. Click the plus symbols in order to adjust options in the Advanced settings window.
Step #2. Now, select ‘Maximum Power Saving’ mode in the drop-down menu. Now, you can set your hard disk to sleep when it’s not being used.
Step #3. You can pause the ‘Slide show’ in Desktop background settings and enable adaptive brightness.
Step #4. There is also an option to choose what Windows should do when power is almost down and out under ‘Critical battery action’.
In order to activate power-saving mode, you just need to click the battery icon in Windows’ desktop notifications bar and click the ‘Battery saving’ title. You can also use Power Scheme Switcher which can let you switch between different plans without any problem.
Now, make the most of these tips to improve the battery life of your laptop running Windows 10. Do you have any tips which you want to share with us? Do let us know that in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.