Tips for saving battery life on Windows 10 with built-in settings

Jonny Caldwell

Gone are the days of always having to saddle up to a desk to work. In this day and age, people are using portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones to get a lot of their work done online and away from home or the office. But there’s one problem people face with these kinds of devices ― limited battery life. Here are some ways you can save battery life on your Windows 10 laptop or tablet.

One of the easiest ways to save the battery of your device is to enable Battery Saver. This setting limits background activity and push notifications and also lets you know how much power certain apps are draining. To enable this setting, just click the little battery icon on the taskbar and then click the battery saver button. You can set this setting to start automatically at a certain battery level, reach additional settings, and view battery statistics by right-clicking the button and clicking Go to settings.

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If you want more control on how Windows manages the battery, you can open the Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Power Options. From here, you can set what the power buttons do. Set what happens when closing the lid, how long of inactivity before the computer goes to sleep, and tweak even more advanced settings like how much CPU that Windows is allowed to use. It’s recommended that you set your computer to go to sleep as soon as you close your laptop, that way as little power as possible is used.

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Be sure to disable features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location services that drain the battery when not being used. People often overlook these, but setting airplane mode when you don’t need to be connected or when you’re on the road can save a lot of battery power.

Only use the apps that you need, and limit the number of tabs you use at once while browsing the web. The fewer apps open, the better. Also, consider limiting background processes by disabling what you don’t need in the Task Manager, which can be opened quickly by right-clicking on the taskbar and clicking Task Manager.

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Task Manager on Windows 10

If you need to make the battery life last longer, consider going into personalization settings, then set the background to a solid color (black works best). Another option is disabling “Show color on Start, Taskbar, and action center” and “Make Start, Taskbar, and action center transparent”. Believe it or not, having fewer colors on the screen does save battery life.

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Windows 10 has many settings for to help save the battery life. Taking as many of these as possible into consideration, you could greatly increase the battery of your device and get as much work done as possible with the limited battery life. If you have more tips for extending the battery life in Windows 10, be sure to share them in the comments below for everyone to see. Be sure to keep coming to WinBeta for more tips and news for Microsoft, Windows 10, Xbox, and more.