Written by: Jay H.
Your laptop is great for getting work done on the go, but its limited battery life can be frustrating. Luckily, there are some ways you can squeeze more life out of your device’s battery. Here are 5 ways you can make your laptop battery last longer.
1. Use power saver mode
Power saver mode helps save energy by reducing your laptop’s performance where possible. To enable this plan in Windows 10, click on the Start menu (the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner) and type “control panel”, then click on the suggested option. From there, click on Power Options, then in the new window under Additional plans, select Power saver.
2. Close unused applications
Each application you use consumes resources. You can reduce the energy strain on your laptop by closing unused applications. When you’re finished using an app, simply remember to fully close out of the program. Also, note that not all programs are equal energy consumers. For instance, Google Chrome consumes much more resources than Notepad does. If you’re really trying to stretch your power budget, be sure to close down all programs you’re not actively using.
3. Reduce monitor brightness
The brighter your screen, the most energy it consumes. You should reduce your monitor brightness as much as possible to save on power. Many laptops have keyboard shortcuts for adjusting screen brightness, but you can also adjust it in your settings. To locate this, click the Start menu, click Settings, then System (first option). From there, you can use the slider to adjust the brightness of your display.
4. Unplug and disable unused devices
External devices like your wireless mouse and external speakers drain your battery. If you’re not using them or need to save your battery, unplug your devices and disable Bluetooth. To disable Bluetooth in Windows 10, click the Start icon, then Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and toggle the switch off.
To disable Bluetooth on a Macbook, click the Bluetooth icon in the top menu bar and toggle the switch off.
5. Check laptop battery health
If you try these options and still find that your battery is getting quickly sapped, you might want to check your battery’s health for any issues. Checking your device’s battery health in Windows 10 can seem a bit daunting if you’re not technologically advanced, but follow these instructions to view your battery health in just a few steps:
- Right-click on the Start icon (Windows logo).
- Select Windows PowerShell (Admin). If you see a popup asking for permission to make changes to your device, click yes.
- In the window, type or paste the following: powercfg /batteryreport /output “C:\battery-report.html”
- Close PowerShell and open File Explorer. From there, look on the left-hand side where you see Quick access, Desktop, Downloads, etc. Under This PC, locate and click on drive C: (usually called Windows or Local Disk).
- Double-click on the file battery-report.html to open it in your web browser.
- This report contains battery information including usage, battery capacity history, battery life estimates, and more. If your battery is deteriorating, you will see a recommendation to replace the battery.
Checking your battery health on your Macbook is a little easier, just do the following:
- Select the Apple symbol in the top-left corner, then click System Preferences.
- Click Battery, then Battery again.
- In the lower right corner, click Battery Health. If your battery isn’t functioning normally, you will see Service recommended.
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