Apr 15, 2016

How to improve battery life on a Windows 10 laptop?

Any tips on how to extend the battery life on a Windows 10 laptop?
I'd add two things that Sveta didn't mention:

1. Turn off Cortana's "hey Cortana" voice search. It's always sitting there in the background wasting power, and if you are anything like me, you rarely speak to your PC. Type Cortana in the search bar and hit "Enter." Switch "Let Cortana respond to Hey Cortana" to off.

2. This is super simple, but it saves the greatest amount of power in one fell swoop: turn down your screen brightness. It may take a few minutes to adjust to a dimmer screen if you've had brightness maxed out, but you will quickly get used to it. As an added bonus, it can also be easier on your eyes.
Windows 10 introduced some battery saving features that are similar to those on current mobile platforms. You can turn on and configure the Battery Sever settings under Settings > System > Battery saver. In there you can check your current battery use, and change settings for background apps.
You can also find the more standard sleep and power settings such that have been present in previous Windows versions under Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings.
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