The ways to improve battery life for Windows laptops
1. Use battery saving mode
This is the easiest way to extend battery life. Take advantage of the power saving options built into Windows 10. This power saving mode reduces system resources and increases battery life.
This mode will automatically activate when your laptop battery is low (usually below 20%) but you can customize this setting if you need it.
To check which battery mode your laptop is in, click the battery icon on the taskbar. A window shows the current battery percentage and a slider you can use to switch to another battery mode.
To turn on Power saving mode, drag the slider to the left. If you have this mode enabled automatically, right-click the menu Start> Settings> System> Battery. Click and move the slider to select the 20% level. Accordingly, Battery Saver mode will activate automatically at this battery level.
2. Reduce the screen brightness
High screen brightness will make your laptop run out of battery faster. Therefore, if you reduce the screen brightness, you can reduce the laptop’s power usage significantly.
There are several ways to reduce screen brightness. Apart from using the keys on the keyboard, the easiest way to reduce the screen brightness is to use Windows Action Center.
To open this item, you can click on the icon Notification (in the lower right corner of the taskbar). Here, you open the menu Action Center and you see a brightness slider at the bottom. Click and drag it to the left.
Alternatively, you can do the following. Click Settings> System> Display to change the brightness settings.
3. Use Hibernation mode instead of Sleep Mode
When you fold the laptop screen or let it rest a bit but don’t want to turn it back on to continue working with it, you probably use Sleep mode. Although the screen is turned off in this mode, the laptop is still consuming battery and accordingly, if you use this mode for a long time, your battery life will be significantly reduced. Instead, use Hibernation mode. Although slower than Sleep mode, it will help you save battery power for a longer time.
To quickly change from Sleep mode to Hibernation mode, press the key Start + R and type “powercfg.cpl” to open Windows Power Options. In the sidebar, click “Choose What the Power Buttons Do.”. Click “Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable”. Click on each dropdown menu and change the mode Sleep Fort Hibernation.
4. Find and disable battery draining apps
Some heavy programs and applications will drain your laptop battery quickly. Fortunately, Windows 10 records the CPU usage of all software installed on the laptop and assesses the amount of battery that each application uses. You can check this in Windows Settings.
To do this, right-click Start> Settings> System> Battery> See Which Apps Are Affecting Your Battery Life.
Here, Windows will list the applications that use the most power. Accordingly, if you feel that an application is not necessary for your work, you should disable or uninstall it.
In addition, you can also prevent software from running in the background that consumes laptop battery like mail applications. This app regularly syncs with the mail server in the background when Wi-Fi is available, so it could easily drain your battery. To prevent this, click the application in the application list and uncheck it “Let Windows Decide When This App Can Run in the Background” and “Reduce the Work the App Can Do When It’s in The Background”.
5. Turn off Bluetooth and Wifi when not in use
When not using Wifi or Bluetooth, you should consider turning it off because this is one of the factors that greatly affects the battery life of your laptop.
To quickly turn on / off the Bluetooth feature, touch the icon Notifications in the lower right corner of the taskbar, then click on Bluetooth.
If you want to turn off Wi-Fi, click on the internal network icon Windows Action Center and then select the Wifi icon to turn on / off.
6. Use the Windows 10 Power Troubleshooter
If the battery life on your laptop is low and you cannot determine the cause, the Power Troubleshooter may indicate a problem for you. You can use this feature to find lots of other problems as well.
To start this feature, right click on the button Start> Settings> Update & Security> Troubleshoot> Power. Then, click “Run the Troubleshooter” to activate the feature.
Windows will suggest to you the problem that is causing your battery drain and affect battery life and may even fix problems that Windows discovers.