Like its predecessor, Windows 10 also comes with many features to improve battery time, including a completely new Battery Saver option. Apart from that, the Anniversary update and the new Creators Update also come with some changes to help you get more time out of your laptop battery.
However, if you’re looking for more uptime or your battery doesn’t have enough charge, there are ways to work around this.
Apart from the built-in power saving options, I know of many other tweaks to cut Windows 10 battery consumption and below I share them all with you.
1. Disable UI animations and shadows
Windows 10’s UI contains lots of animations and shadows to make it look cool, but you can turn them off to save battery power. Here’s how:
1. Press Windows + R keys and type cpl Run dialog to open system properties.
2. Move to the Advanced tab, click the Settings button under the Performance section.
3. Now select the Adjust for best Performance option and click OK to disable all animations and shadows.
will be sharper and lighter on the battery.
2. Turn off Wifi or Bluetooth signal
Wireless signals such as WiFi or Bluetooth consume a lot of battery power because they require special hardware components to work continuously. Simply switching to a wired connection can help save power.
To connect to the internet, you can use an ethernet cable and if the device is running on Bluetooth, use a cable-based option, (eg switching from wireless headphones to wired ones).
3. Disable background apps
Many native apps or Windows 10 default apps run in the background to keep information updated. But they also drain the battery, even if you’re not using them. However, Windows 10 has a special section to enable/disable these background apps:
1. Open Start Menu, click Settings and then go to Privacy.
2. Move to the Background Apps section and you will see all the background apps in the right pane. Only turn off the ones you don’t need.
Only background processes will be disabled, the app itself will work fine.
4. Manage Startup Apps and Services
You can disable unnecessary startup apps and services to save battery power. See how to do it as follows,Â
1. Disable Startup Apps
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager and move to the Startup tab.
Here, select all unnecessary startup applications and click Disable to stop them.
2. Disable Startup Services
Press Windows + R keys and type msconfig Run dialog to open Windows System Configurations.
Move to the Services tab here and uncheck the Hide all Microsoft Services option in the lower left corner.
You will see all startup services now. Uncheck the ones you don’t need and click OK to apply the changes. A Restart PC will be prompted for the take effect changes.
5. Shut down multiple CPU processors
You can disable some CPU cores to save battery power. To give you a rough idea, if you have a 5 core PC and you usually only browse the web or play some media files, then turning off 2 corse won’t interfere with your work. Here’s how to do it:
1. Press the Windows + R keys and type msconfig Run dialog to open the Windows System Configurations.
Now move to the Boot tab and click Advanced Options while your current OS is selected.
Here check the checkbox next to Number of processors and use the dropdown menu to select the number of processors you need .
Because processors are in a passive state when not in use, you only save battery power that they use in their passive state (which is pretty low). So you may not see a dramatic increase in battery life.
6. Prevent your PC from heating
Heat can cause a lot of problems on a PC, and faster battery drain and a permanent decrease in battery life is one of them. Lithium-ion batteries (mostly used today) drain faster when heated because the ions flow faster. So if your heating laptop has a lithium-ion battery, it will drain faster.
PC overheating is not to be ignored, trust me, I made this mistake and my laptop battery became useless in less than two months. Check out my guide on how to stop a PC from overheating and cool it down to fix overheating issues.
7. Check for problems with battery drain
You can use the command prompt command to view information about apps and processes that may be using too much power as well as recommendations on settings to improve battery life. Let’s see how to use it:
1. Right-click on the Start Menu button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Here enter the command powercfg /energyÂ and press enter. The command will monitor your PC usage for 60 seconds. You can do whatever you like during this period.
3. After 60 seconds, it will generate a list of errors and warnings and save them on your PC in .html format. The file location is provided at the end, move there to access the report.
You’d be surprised how much information it can provide. Even if you don’t have a problem, it will still provide specific tips for saving power. And remember, if you don’t understand anything; Google is your best friend to help you.
8. Using third-party battery optimization apps
While Windows’ built-in battery optimization tools are good, there are several third-party battery assistants available that are much more powerful. They can offer real-time battery monitoring and suggestions for the best experience.
Of the many, I like Battery Optimizer because it’s specifically built to increase overall battery life while saving power.
This app will first ask your permission to scan your PC to create a detailed report on what can be improved. After scanning, you see a list of customized hardware features and components that you can disable/enable to increase battery time.
It also shows the total battery time you may get when you will receive a recommendation. Very useful for striking a balance between battery time and required features.
Apart from all this, it also monitors your battery usage to offer more insight. You can see the pattern of charging and discharging the battery, and even being alerted when the battery is draining faster than usual.
Along with all these methods, you should always use the standard power saving methods in Windows 10. Such as, enabling the automatic power saving feature when the battery is low, switching to a power saving plan, keeping the brightness low, and letting the laptop run automatically. to sleep if you stay still for 5-10 minutes.
The usual power saving options are always the most effective, but if you want more battery time then you can follow the methods I listed.