Battery life in a laptop is a very important part and you cannot ignore this. Battery life differ based on manufacturer and additional application installed on your laptop. For example, playing high resolution games or watching videos will easily burn your battery from the usage perspective. On other hand, not charging properly and misconfiguration will reduce the battery life in long run. As a normal user of Windows 10, you may wonder how to increase the battery life in Windows 10. Well, we have come up with few tips with the help of which you can save your laptop’s battery for more time.
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How to Increase Battery Life of Windows 10 Laptop
- Enable battery save mode
- Lower screen brightness
- Check battery usage by apps
- Power options
- Display settings
- Power & sleep settings
- Lid closing settings
- Enable power mode on battery saver
- Unplug unnecessary devices
- Set adaptive brightness
- Video playbacks
1. Enable Battery Saver Mode
Windows has many background processes which suck your laptop’s battery continuously. You can enable battery saver mode which will help you in giving out minimum battery usage to those processes.
Click on the ‘Action Center’ from the bottom-right corner of the taskbar and click on the ‘Battery Saver’ to turn it on. Repeat the same steps to turn it off. Keep in mind that battery saver will only be able to turn on when you’re not connected with the power source.
Remember, the battery saver mode will be available only when your laptop is running on battery and not when connected to power cable.
2. Lower Screen Brightness with Battery Saver Mode
You can control the battery setting from the Windows 10 system settings. Search for ‘Battery saver’ in Windows search box and press ‘Enter’ key to launch it.
With the help of the slider, set the battery saver enabling to 20%. Make sure to check ‘Lower screen brightness while in battery saver’ option. This option will be effect when the battery saver is on.
3. Check Battery Usages by Apps
We all use many apps in Windows and sometimes, we don’t even care which apps were installed on the PC. These unnecessary apps have some background processes which runs as soon as you get in to your PC. As a result, they keep on getting the battery usage. You may want to get rid of them.
- For checking the battery usage by apps, go to the ‘Battery Saver’. Click on the link ‘See which apps are affecting your battery life’.
- After that, go to ‘Settings > Apps > Apps & features’ and ‘Uninstall’ the app that consumes more battery.
- Navigate to ‘Settings > Apps > Startup’, turn ‘Off’ the module/apps which are not necessary on startup and run in the background. Learn how to improve startup time in Windows 10.
4. Power Options & Display Settings
Adjusting some power options in Windows 10 can help you gaining battery life. Head over to ‘Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot > Power’. Click on ‘Run the troubleshooter’ to fix the problems.
5. Windows 10 Display Settings
Go to ‘Settings > System > Display’ and use the brightness slider to change the brightness. Lowering the brightness will lead you some good result in battery life.
6. Power & Sleep Settings
Go to ‘Settings > System > Power & sleep’. Under ‘Screen’ and ‘Sleep’ sections, set the ‘On battery power’ option to a shorter time. Similarly, set the ‘Sleep’ option to a less duration time than usual.
7. Closing Lid Settings
By closing the lid, your laptop can go into sleep mode. To set this:
- Go to ‘Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Choose what closing the lid does’ from the left-side menu.
- Under ‘On battery’ option for ‘When I close the lid’ set to ‘Sleep’ from the drop-down menu. Click on ‘Save changes’ button.
8. Enable Power Mode
Click on the ‘Battery’ icon on the bottom-right taskbar. Choose the lower power mode by sliding it to the left side for best battery life.
9. Unplug Unnecessary Devices
Sometimes, it became our habit to charge our mobile phone and other peripherals which have USB connecting with the laptops. When the laptop itself running on a battery and using it for charging the mobile phones makes the batter drain faster. Eject the USB pen drives, portable Bluetooth device, not-in-use portable keyboards/mouse, mobile phones, etc. They consume very less amount of battery but still, it’s wasting.
10. Adaptive Brightness
Windows 10 adaptive brightness feature helps you in adjusting the brightness of the laptop. When you’ll be in the light it will enhance the brightness while in dark it will make it dim. This feature is available in power options. To enable it:
- Go to search box, type ‘Control Panel’ then hit ‘Enter’ key.
- Follow the path in ‘Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings’.
- Inside ‘Change advanced power settings’, click on the ‘+’ sign to expand ‘Display’. Similarly, do it for ‘Enable adaptive brightness’.
- Turn on the ‘On battery’ option.
- Click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.
11. Video Playbacks
Playing videos in low resolution can save your laptop’s battery life. Windows 10 has a feature which allows you to do that. To enable it:
- Follow this path ‘Apps > Video playback’ in the ‘Settings’ app from the ‘Start’.
- Go to the ‘Battery Options’ and click on the drop-down menu, choose ‘Optimize for battery life’.
- Check the option ‘I prefer video to play at a lower resolution when on battery’.
It is important to take care of your battery from the beginning you have purchased the laptop. Instead of always powered in, sometimes it’s a good idea to use the battery power fully and then recharge again. This will ensure the battery can charge properly. Hope the above mentioned tips will also help to improve the battery life of your Windows 10 laptop.