If you constantly find your laptop's battery running low before it should, there's a chance that one of the apps you rely on is a bigger power hog than you realise. Fortunately, the Windows Battery Saver utility can show you how your battery usage breaks down.
Our first recommendation would be to install all available updates until no further updates can be done. This will ensure all drivers, including the battery drivers are updated.
There is also a Battery saver within the Windows OS that will allow you to regulate which apps can be active in the background.
Here are step-by-step instructions for figuring out what's draining your laptop's battery and regulating which apps can be active in the background.
- Click the Start button.
- Select Settings.
- Click System.
- Select Battery.
- Select Battery use to see how your battery usage breaks down, app by app. If you want to limit background activity for all apps, turn the Battery saver switch to the On position.
- Select an app. At the top of this screen, you can see how your battery usage is split between System, Display and Wi-Fi. If Display has an especially large percentage, you will need to lower your brightness setting to regain battery life.
- Click Details.
- Turn the "Allow this app to run in the background" switch to the off position so it will eat less of your battery life.
Now you're more informed about which apps drain your battery, and how to rein them in.