Here are some really useful tips and tricks to improve battery life for your Windows 10 device.
Adjust (turn down) display brightness
Every display panel is made up of a series of dots called pixels, and the more pixels you have, the more battery it will drain. Powering all of those pixels in the display is the single greatest drain on battery resources.
So, if you are experiencing low battery issues quite often, then try lowering the screen brightness. You might have capped it to the maximum. Lowering it down will not only increase the battery life substantially but also help your eyes.
Your laptop likely has two Function keys mapped to display brightness. If not, you can find a brightness slider by going to Settings > System > Display. You’ll also find a slider for display brightness in the Windows Mobility Center, which is buried in the Control Panel; the easiest way to find it is just to search for it.
Disable wireless connectivity
If you are running too low on battery, the best way to extend it is by enabling the Airplane Mode, which is a feature embedded in almost all mobile and laptop devices. It’s used for turning off all kinds of wireless communications that include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, mobile data, and others prolonging the battery life of your device.
In the screenshot above, I’ve turned on the airplane mode on my laptop by navigating to the settings and then to the airplane mode.
Use a dark background theme
A bright desktop background requires your display’s pixels to light up more. Choose a dark picture or color by going to Settings > Personalization > Background.
Adjust your display’s power settings
Set a shorter duration for the display when it’s inactive
Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > go to the option On battery power, turn off after > pick a shorter duration.
Set a shorter duration before PC enters sleep mode
- Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep
- Go to On battery power, PC goes to sleep after >pick a shorter duration.
Make use of the lid
Most laptops can go to sleep automatically by closing the lid. But first, you need to enable this setting:
Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Choose what closing the lid does.
I’ll not recommend closing the lid abruptly. Hit Windows+ L to lock your laptop first and then close the lid
Most computers let you turn off your display, shut down, sleep, or hibernate when pressing the Power button. Here’s how to enable this setting:
Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Choose what the power buttons do.
Create a power plan
- Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Create a power plan.
- Select Balanced or Power saver > type a plan name in the box > select Next.
- Choose your display and sleep options > select Create
Turn off keyboard backlights
Like the display, keyboard backlighting(if your keyboard has backlighting :p) also drains your laptop’s battery. Turn them off when they aren’t needed. Your laptop likely has a Function key that lets you toggle the keyboard backlights on and off. If not, you’ll find a control for it in the Windows Mobility Center.
Use Battery Saver
Windows 10’s built-in Battery Saver mode activates when your remaining battery dips below 20 percent. It disables email and calendar syncing, push notifications, and apps from running in the background. It should be enabled by default, but check to make sure it is by going to Settings > System > Battery. If you find that Battery Saver doesn’t disrupt your regular Windows habits, then you can raise the threshold for when it activates above 20 percent.
Sync data less often
Sync email, calendars, and contacts less often
To sync only the items you want:
- Go to Settings > Accounts > Email & app accounts > select the account that you want to change > select Manage > Change mailbox sync settings.
- Under Sync options, select Email, Calendar, or Contacts to turn them off.
Turn down the volume
Completely muting your device helps you extend your battery life. When you watch movies or videos, keep the sound at the minimum volume level. You should plug in your earphones to reduce the impact on battery life, meanwhile not disturbing people around 🙂
Disconnect unnecessary peripherals
Microsoft itself suggests avoiding plugging in any peripherals that you are not planning to use urgently for better battery performance.
So it’s about time, you should consider abandoning those external hard drives, printers, pen drives, and USB-powered mug warmers until you find a nearby charging outlet.
Even having a tiny memory card sitting inside your laptop can drain a small chunk of extra power.
If you want to squeeze the last drop of your battery juice for constructive use, try unplugging any external mouse you have attached, and switch to trackpad or touchscreen input.
Update Windows / Play Games while charging
Sometimes, installing the latest Windows 10 updates can take more than one hour. Of course, the download and install process uses a certain amount of battery power. You can install the updates while your device is charging to save both time and battery power.
Gaming drains your battery quite rapidly. This will impact the battery life, and hence it is advisable to play heavy end games with the charger plugged in.
Keep Power Banks handy
You should keep the power banks to charge your laptop or any device so that you can use it in extream need.
Buy the best-recommended Power Banks:
- Coolnut Power Bank 31200 mAh for All Laptops, Macbooks, NoteBooks, Tablets and Smartphones with AC Port (1 Year Warranty)
- Dell PW7018LC Notebook Power Bank Plus – USB-C
Hope these tips will help you. Feel free to ask any doubts or suggest your personal tips in the comments