How To Optimize Windows Laptop Battery (10, 8.1, 8)
Take advantage of the new features in Windows 10 to get the most out of your battery by making it last longer.
Microsoft has not forgotten users of portable devices or notebooks that need the system using as little power as possible to make the battery last longer.
Thanks to new battery optimization features, users have reported improved energy efficiency, making even an older, low-battery notebook have hours of use.
Configuring Battery Saver
Windows 10 is expected to be available on more than 1 billion devices, and most of them will be portable, which makes battery saving is critical.
To ensure maximum uptime, engineers have developed a function that changes some features of Windows to save power and your battery.
This is where Battery Saver comes in.
With it on, some background processes are interrupted to keep processing as low as possible while only the main application has priority.
Features that are disabled include:
Update and check emails and calendar;
The dynamic blocks are interrupted;
But the “Battery Saver” feature is only activated manually by clicking on the battery icon near the clock or when the battery level reaches 20%.
For it to be automatically activated from 100% battery power, we must do the following:
- Press the Win (Windows key) and I keys. This will open the system settings window.
- Click on the “System” option and then “Battery Saver”. After in “Battery Saver Settings”.
- Set the “Enable battery saver automatically if my battery is below:” checkbox and set it to 100% (or whatever you want). If set to 100% as soon as the device is on battery power, the battery saver option will automatically be activated.
Cortana is the Windows 10 personal assistant.
It sits on the taskbar and can help you with answers to what you want through voice and command or textually.
But this feature consumes a certain amount of processing and so does energy.
The wizard waits in the background waiting for you to say “Hello Cortana” or “Hey Cortana” so that it appears on the screen and can capture your command by voice.
If you do not use this, then we will disable it:
- In the “Search the Web and Windows” field type Cortana. Open “Cortana and Search Settings.”
- Now just disable it.
Disable Windows Updates
Windows 10 now updates the system quietly in the background, and if you have Wifi turned on and access the internet, you may suddenly see your battery drop.
If a major update is being downloaded then, in addition to the overuse of the connection we will later have excessive processor and storage usage to install these updates.
What’s worse is that Windows can share the updates you have downloaded with other computers on your local network or the internet, causing a significant drain on your battery as well as affecting internet bandwidth.
Disabling Windows Update is not very recommended, but if you need the maximum battery life, you can do so momentarily and then re-enable it (for your safety and always get the necessary updates).
1. Press the Win (Windows symbol), and I key to open the settings. Then click on “Update and Security”. 2. Under “Windows Update”, click on “Advanced Options”.
3. Then click on “Choose how updates will be obtained”.
4. And disable updates.
PowerCfg is a hidden command tool that you use to adjust the power settings on your portable device.
Even better is being able to generate a list of devices that are allowed to wake up the computer.
Some programs may set time alarms that allow your system to perform activities at a particular time, such as Windows Update running when you are sleeping.
But if you are not connected to a power source, you can drain your battery unexpectedly, leaving the device inoperative when you need it most.
1. Open Command Prompt, just search for cmd in the “Search Web and Windows” box.
2. Then type the following command: powercfg –devicequery wake_armed
If a process name appears, just open Task Manager (press Ctrl, Shift and Esc) and in the “Processes” tab right-click on the process and finish the task.
With the command: powercfg / a
You can see a list of hibernation modes available for your system and device.
This list is very hardware dependent too, as some may not have all types available and you can use the ideal mode so that the system will not call even when someone calls you via Skype or sends you a high priority email.
Other uses of PowerCfg that we recommend are:
How to list processes and programs that are consuming your battery in Windows.
View battery information and current capacity: If you think the “battery is addicted” or want to know how it is charging.
Configuring power plans
The “Energy Saver” power option is the most recommended to save your battery. But there are some tricks that can make this savings plan even better.
1. Right-click the battery icon located on the taskbar near the clock and choose “Power Options”. If you do not see the icon you can search for power options when searching for Windows applications.
2. Then click on “Change Plan Settings” you are using.
3. In the battery usage settings, try placing:
Turn off video: 2 minutes;
Suspend computer activity: 10 minutes;
Adjust plane brightness: Maximum 50%. The less you can put the better because the screen uses a lot of power, especially the LCD;
4. Now click on “Change advanced power settings”. And I suggest you put the following parameters: Hard drive: On battery: 5 minutes;
Desktop Background Settings: Slide show On drums: Paused;
Wireless Adapter Configurations: Power save mode On battery: Maximum Energy Saving;
Suspend: Snooze after On battery: 10 Minutes;
Allow hybrid sleep mode On battery: Off;
Hibernate after On battery: 30 Minutes;
Allow alarm clocks On battery: Disable;
USB Settings: USB Selective Suspend Configuration On battery: On; Intel® Graphics Settings (if using Intel processors): Intel Graphics Power Plan Maximum Battery Life;
Power Buttons and Cover: Here, you can set as you wish. The default is Suspend;
PCI Express: Connection State Power Management On battery: Maximum energy saving;
Processor Power Management: Minimum performance state On battery: 0%; System Cooling Policy On battery: Passive;
Maximum performance state On battery: 30% (here I recommend you see if 30% will look good for your needs without crashing or slowing down. As you go, slowly increase, but keep it as low as possible);
Video: Turn off the monitor after On battery: 2 Minutes;
Video brightness On battery: Between 25% and 50%;
Brightness for faded canvas On battery: 30%;
Enable adaptive brightness On battery: Off;
Multimedia Settings: When sharing media On battery: Allow the computer to go to sleep;
When playing video On battery: Optimize energy saving;
Alternate Pivot Charts: Global Settings On the battery: Forcing power-reducing graphics;
Drums: Leave the values as default or change as you see fit;
ATI graphics card power settings (if any): ATI Powerplay Settings On battery: Maximize battery life;
Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to get the most out of battery power and make it last even longer on your notebook, laptop, ultrabook, tablet and any other Windows laptop.
Leave your comment if you have managed to improve the total time your battery currently lasts.