How to Save Windows 10 Laptop Battery (11 Easy Ways)

How to Save Windows 10 Laptop Battery (11 Easy Ways)
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How to Save Windows 10 Laptop Battery – Laptop computers are now one of the electronic devices that are needed for various things. Starting from studying, working, and working as a means of entertainment. The form is quite portable, so you can take the laptop on the go.

Like gadgets, laptops also require electrical power in the battery to be turned on. As for usage increases, laptop battery power also decreases. Like it or not, laptop users must also bring a charger so that their laptop can still turn on.

This time, Tekno Thumb will explain several ways and tips to keep laptop batteries durable and not wasteful. The method or steps can be applied to all laptops, especially those using Windows 10.

How to Save Windows 10 Laptop Battery

1. Find out which apps are draining the battery

It’s a good idea to know the battery usage of each frequently used application. This is to ensure the battery power consumption by the application is in a reasonable condition or not. Here are the steps

  • Make sure the laptop is on with battery power, not with the charger plugged in (AC mode)
  • Press Win + X and select Settings, or
  • Open the Start menu then select the Settings menu
  • Select the System option
  • On the left, select Battery
  • Check in the Battery usage per app section. There will appear a list of applications based on battery consumption
  • Also check the Period section to check past a certain period, for example, 24 hours or a week

Applications that use a lot of battery power, need to be careful. If you don’t need it, you should just delete it. If it’s still in use, try to use it properly, reduce its use, or try updating it to make it more efficient in battery consumption.

2. Use low-level power mode

Windows 10 has provided the function of setting battery power usage. This function is quite easy to access. Here are the steps

  • Click the battery icon in the lower right corner of the Taskbar
  • Slide the power mode slider to the left. The further to the left, the lower the level of the power mode used

There are two recommended power modes, namely Better Battery and Battery saver. In Better Battery mode, the laptop will use slightly lower battery power than in Better performance mode. While in battery saver mode, the laptop will use battery power much more efficiently so that it will reduce performance, features, and screen brightness.

3. Reduce screen display brightness

Please note, that a screen that is too bright can also consume quite a lot of battery power. Therefore, if using a laptop with battery power, the screen brightness should not be too high. That way, the use of battery power becomes more efficient.

Steps to change the brightness or brightness of the laptop monitor screen display

  • Open Action Center. Click the icon in the lower right corner of the Taskbar or press Win + A
  • Slide the screen brightness slider to the left according to the needs/comfort of the eye. To further save battery usage, it is recommended that no more than 50%, or
  • Open Settings by pressing the Win + X button then select Settings
  • Select the System option
  • In the Display menu, look for the Brightness section
  • Slide the screen brightness slider to the left according to the needs/comfort of the eye.

4. Turn on airplane mode

If you want to save battery power consumption, you can activate airplane mode or known airplane mode. This feature will turn off all wireless communications such as Wifi, Bluetooth, cellular networks, GPS, NFC, and others. Here’s how to enable airplane mode on a Windows 10 laptop

  • Open Action Center. Click the icon in the lower right corner of the Taskbar or press Win + A
  • Enable Airplane mode (airplane icon)
  • Or open Settings by pressing the Win + X button and then selecting Settings
  • Select Network & Internet
  • On the left, select Airplane mode
  • Make sure Airplane mode is on

Airplane mode will be very useful if the laptop is used offline or not connected to any communication network.

5. Close unnecessary apps

How to Save Windows 10 Laptop Battery (11 Easy Ways)

Furthermore, to overcome the laptop battery that runs out quickly on the Windows operating system, that is by reducing the system load. One of the things that can burden a laptop system is applications that are still running but are no longer needed.

This is one of the main causes of laptop batteries not lasting as well as making the laptop slow. Then how do find out and close applications that are no longer needed? It’s easy!

  • You can check the taskbar in the lower right corner (notification area)
  • Besides the clock and time labels, there is usually a row of icons for applications that are running in the background
  • Check those apps. If it is no longer needed, it can be closed by right-clicking the application, then selecting the close/exit menu

Usually, the application will provide a notification since it was first installed and run. The more you install application programs, the notification area may be crowded with several applications that are running. Therefore, you should only install the required application programs.

Some applications in the notification area may not be closed in the above way. You can use the default Windows application, namely Task Manager.

  • Open the Task Manager application (right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager)
  • Go to the Processes tab. It lists all running applications
  • Check for apps that are burdening CPU, RAM, or Disk storage. One indication of a slow laptop is the use of system resources (CPU/RAM/Disk usage) reaching 100%. If the use of system resources is high enough (above 80%), then you must be careful
  • To close an application that is no longer needed, simply click the End process/task button.
  • You can also apply this method to applications that do not respond or experience “not responding”

But you can’t close applications via Task Manager carelessly. On Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10, you can simply close the application in the Apps list. Applications on other lists such as Background process or System Process DO NOT close as they are system default applications. If the application is closed, the laptop system may not be stable or even not run properly.

6. Disable startup entries that feel heavy

In the previous point, it has been explained if the application runs in the notification area. The application includes a startup entry that runs automatically when booting into Windows or after user login. The more startup entries, the boot process to Windows will take longer.

When the startup application runs, it will also consume a lot of CPU and memory resources. Of course, this will consume more battery power. Therefore, you need to disable startup applications that are not needed but are quite burdensome.

  • Open the Task Manager application (right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager)
  • Go to the Startup tab
  • Check the Startup impact column. If it is labeled medium/high then the application is certainly quite burdensome for the loading process on Windows.
  • Choose an application that you don’t think is necessary but has a medium or high startup effect.
  • Click the Disable button
  • Check each application and repeat the above steps if needed

7. Reduce excessive display customization

Excessive customization on laptops such as animation effects and screen brightness often speeds up battery consumption. Screen animation effects can also burden the system so that the laptop’s performance becomes less than optimal.

Therefore, to save more laptop battery power, use a screen brightness that is not too high. Other than that, just use standard display themes without excessive animation effects.

Here’s how to turn off animation effects on Windows 10

  • Open the Start menu then select Settings
  • Or you can press the Win key + I
  • Choose Ease of Access
  • Pay attention to the section Personalize Windows
  • Make sure the Show animations in Windows and Show transparency in Windows options are off

Meanwhile, to turn off the transparency effect, here’s how:

  • Open the Start menu then select Settings
  • Go to Personalizations
  • Choose Colors
  • Make sure the Transparency effects option is off

The above method will also improve laptop performance, but with the consequence that you only get a mediocre Windows OS display without any graphic visual effects.

8. Activate the battery saver feature

In Windows 10, it is equipped with a feature in the form of a battery saver. This feature will automatically reduce the use of battery power under certain conditions. For example, when the battery is about to run out. Here’s how to enable battery saving features in Windows 10

  • Open the Start menu then select Settings
  • Or you can press the Win key + I
  • Select System
  • In the options on the left, select Battery
  • Activate Battery saver with switch on
  • Battery savers can also be activated automatically under certain conditions. For example, if the battery reaches a low level. In Turn battery saver is on automatically, select the percentage level of battery power.
  • Don’t forget to put a checkmark on Lower screen brightness while in battery saver
  • Or you can also click on the battery icon in the lower right corner
  • Then slide the slider to the left (Best battery life)

By activating this feature, your laptop battery is guaranteed not to run out quickly. If the power saver feature is active, generally the laptop will experience a decrease in performance. In addition, the functions of screen brightness, data connection, Wifi, or location markers may also be limited.

Some applications aim to save battery power. This application has a similar way of working with the features above. However, Tekno Thumb does not recommend using this application. Because this application also still requires system resources including battery power.

We recommend that you use the battery saver feature that is already available in the Windows 10 operating system.

9. Make sure the use of the application is to the specifications of the laptop

Sometimes the use of applications can affect laptop battery power. The scenario of using applications that are too heavy will consume more electrical power. As a result, laptop batteries run out faster and don’t last long.

Before installing an application program (or even an operating system), you must pay attention to the system requirements that the application program requires. This system requirement must match the technical specifications of the laptop you are using.

For information, every application program or operating system must have a minimum system requirement that must be met. If the laptop’s specifications match or even exceed the minimum system requirements, application programs can run smoothly and their features can function properly.

On the other hand, if the laptop’s specifications do not match or are below the minimum system requirements, likely, the application program will not be able to run. Even if it can be run, it may not be comfortable when used. Oh yes, you can find the system requirements on the application program developer’s website.

Even though the laptop specifications have not been able to be upgraded, you can work around this by using an old version of the application program whose system requirements are still to the laptop’s specifications. Or you can also use other alternative application programs that are smaller in size.

10. Use the original battery and charger

Almost all laptops on the market use Lithium-ion or Lithium-polymer batteries. This kind of battery is easier to use. You can charge anytime without having to wait for the battery to run out.

When charging a laptop battery, you should use an official/original charger. This is because each laptop has different power specifications. If you use an unofficial/original charger, it is feared that it will damage the laptop battery so which will reduce battery life and durability.

11. Use the laptop as necessary and appropriately

An important step so that the laptop battery remains durable and does not run out quickly is to use the laptop only as necessary. Avoid using a laptop on a whim without a clear purpose. Or use a laptop just to get rid of the feeling of being bored and bored in your spare time.

Yes, laptops can be a means of entertainment, such as watching videos/movies, playing music, or playing your favorite games. However, this kind of use should not be done too often and for a long time. Just once in a while. Try to use the laptop for things that are much more productive.

In other cases, for example, laptops are used for things beyond their specifications. Like “cheap” laptops used to do heavy work such as editing and rendering videos or playing modern games. Technically, any laptop can do the job.

However, heavy work will force the laptop to work much more optimally. This will hurt the laptop. In a certain period, the hardware components on the laptop may be damaged.

Things like this can often reduce the power and lifespan of a laptop battery. Reducing the use that is not useful or that is not by its capabilities, of course, will save more on the laptop’s battery power.

How easy is it not? Oh yes, don’t forget to take care of your laptop regularly. So that the laptop battery remains durable and can be used for a long time. Maintenance can also be a way to improve laptop performance. Good luck and hopefully useful…