With the push towards Windows as a service, Microsoft has introduced the Battery Saver feature in Windows 10. The Battery Saver feature works similarly to how the feature works on mobile phones and tablets. In order to push your PC to its maximum battery life, Windows added this built-in tool to help consumers.
Let’s look at how to use the Battery Saver feature, what it can do, and how you can improve your computer’s overall performance.
Using Battery Saver
Battery Saver, when turned on, works easily enough. At 20%, Battery Saver will kick on and start limiting notifications, background services and other features to conserve as much battery life as possible.
While Battery Saver comes with Windows 10, it’s turned off by default. It won’t turn on until your battery drops below 20%.
Search for “Battery Saver” either through Cortana or the Settings app.
From here, you’ll see where your computer battery level is, along with whether Battery Saver is turned on or off.
Click on “Battery Use” to get started.
This’ll give you an idea of where your battery is being eaten up by your system.
You can change how long you’re looking at by changing the time frame in the drop down menu at the top.
If you go back, you’ll be able to click on “Battery saver settings.”
From here, you can enable or disable the Battery Saver as you see fit.
You can adjust when it kicks on based on your computer’s overall battery performance, too, by moving the slider.
You can also opt to disable push notifications and lower your screen brightness to help further increase battery life when Battery Saver kicks on.
Below that, you’ll be able to add apps that can run in the background when Battery Saver is on.
Your mileage with adding apps will vary depending on the app, how much battery they eat by running in the background and more. This may take some testing to see what apps are more effective when in use when Battery Saver is on.
Additional Power Options in Windows 10
When using Battery Saver in Windows 10, it’s important to take the time to adjust your other power options as well. Some will be within the Settings apps, others will be in the Control Panel.
Search for or open “Power & Sleep Settings” in the left-hand pane of the Settings app.
You can adjust your screen settings, sleep settings and open additional power settings from here. We recommend adjusting these and testing them out for maximum battery functionality.
From here, you’ll be redirected to the Control Panel where you can adjust which power plan your PC uses, how different functions affect your PC and more.
Again, we recommend you go through and test out each power plan to find the right fit for you. No two PCs will respond the same, so it’s important to test power plans and find the best way to utilize battery life on your computer.
While Battery Saver might not seem like the best feature to boost battery life in Windows, when coupled with everything else the OS has to offer with power options, you can extend your battery life.
Try out Battery Saver, try out the rest of the power options in Windows 10, and see what you can do with your PC battery.