WINDOWS 10 PROVIDES many benefits over previous editions of the operating system, but improved battery life probably isn’t one of the main advantages you’d think of. However, Microsoft has done a lot of work with its battery-saving technology, making your laptop more efficient and last longer.
The first place to start is Battery Saver, a new option in System settings. It’s designed to lower screen brightness, reduce background activity and stop push notifications when your battery hits a certain point (20% by default), reducing the load on the battery. While the defaults are good enough for most people, you can control the settings in more detail.
To access it, click the Start menu, type Battery Saver and choose the option that appears. Here you will find Battery Saver dialog box, which gives you an overview of your laptop battery life, including the remaining percentage and the estimated time remaining.
You can click the Battery Use link to take you to a screen that shows you what’s been eating your battery life up. From this screen you can see how much time was devoted to the main laptop components: System (CPU, hard disk, apps and so on), Display and Wi-Fi.
This is useful information, as you may want to turn down your display brightness by default if it’s using a lot of power, for example. Next, you can see a list of applications and how long they’ve been in use. This is represented as the percentage of total application use, not a percentage of battery use.
Click any app in this list and you can click Details to drill down and get more information, including how many systems, Display and Wi-Fi time that app has been using. There’s also a block to tell you how much time the app has been consuming while in use (in the foreground) and how much time it has been using in the background working away.
Depending on the app, you can use the sliders to control whether it can run in the background and if it’s always allowed to run in the background, even when Battery Saver is enabled.
Only full-screen Windows 10 apps (not standard Desktop applications) have these options, and even then, the options are limited to only some apps.
To see more easily which apps can run in the background, go back to the Battery Use dialog box and click the Change background apps settings. You can now view all the apps that can run in the background and use the sliders next to their names to allow or disallow this feature.
Battery saver settings
Back on the main Battery saver screen, you can toggle the mode on and off, using the slider if you want to enable it manually, but unless you know you’re going to spend a long time away from a power socket there’s little reason to do this. To make more advanced tweaks to the settings, click the Battery saver settings link at the bottom of the page.
In this dialog box, you can choose to enable Battery saver automatically and choose the battery percentage when the feature is activated. The default setting of 20% which is suitable for most laptops, but if your battery lasts a long time anyway, you may want to drop this to 15% or 10%; conversely, if your battery doesn’t last very long, you may want to increase the setting to 25% or 30%.
The default setting blocks apps for pushing notifications (eating processor and battery time), but you can override this in the ‘Allow push notifications’ box, although we don’t
recommend doing so. Your laptop’s screen is a massive drain on the power of your laptop, so lowering its brightness can help improve battery life. Click on the ‘Lower screen brightness’ option, it will automatically dim the display when Battery saver turns on.
Finally, if you have an app that absolutely must run in the background and that you want notifications from at all times, you can use the ‘Always allowed’ section to allow this.
Click the Add app button to see a list of apps you can add to the section; only full-screen apps (not traditional Desktop applications) that support Battery Saver are listed: the Edge browser is an option, but Chrome isn’t, for example.
Make Windows 10 more power efficient
WINDOWS 10 HAS some pretty clever power-saving settings, primarily designed to extend the battery life of your laptop. However, there’s more than you can do to save
power, whether you have a laptop or a desktop PC.
1 Shut down your computer rather than using sleep
Now that Windows 10 can boot up faster than ever, have Windows 10 shut down your computer rather than putting it to sleep when you hit the physical power button. Do a
search for ‘Power options’ in the Start menu and then select ‘Choose what the power buttons do’. Have it shut down your computer when on battery power. You can also select Shut down from the menu that appears when you click the Start menu’s power button.
2.Use WindowsStore apps when possible
When you use apps from the Windows Store, they get suspended by Windows 10 when they’re not in use and idling in the background. This means they’re not draining resources and, therefore, battery life when not in use. This is in contrast to regular desktop applications that sit there in the background sapping away vital battery life.
3.Adjustyour Power & Sleep options
While your computer and display are on, they’re drawing power, so you should set them both to turn off automatically. Go to Settings, System and click on Power & sleep. Using the drop-down menus, you can choose the time-out for when your monitor turns off and when your PC goes to sleep. You might have to tweak your settings if you find that your computer or display switch off too frequently.
If you click Additional power settings you get into the old-style Power saving options, which give you much finer control over your computer’s power usage. Most people
won’t need this level of control, however.
5 Shut down applications you’re not using
Desktop applications can use processing power all the time, so make sure you’ve shut down any that you’re not using. This also goes for additional browser tabs: each one open is using resources, which means you’re using more power. You can see which applications are currently resource hogs by opening up Task Manager (right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager).
Click More details and then click Processes. If you click CPU you can see, in real time, which applications and services are using the most processor time.
Shut down any recognizable applications that you’re not really using and that are using a lot of your CPU’s time; anything you don’t recognize as an application is most likely
a system process and should be left alone.