How to fix Battery drain issues in Windows 10

Managing the battery usage is the foremost aspect of an electronic device in order to conserve the performance of the battery and prolong the battery life. Moreover, Windows 10 is constantly upgraded, adding new features that ease the management of battery life. While the constant upgrades seem to significantly improve the battery life overall, some users have reported about battery drain issues. When it comes to battery drains, display brightness and processors are the ones that consume a lot of battery power. Additionally, the complex task that involves hardware processing will eventually drain your battery life.

Battery drain issues in Windows

Before we talk about some solutions to fix these battery drain problem, we suggest you unplug the accessories connected to the system. Also, try to reduce your startup programs and close all the dispensable programs and lower screen brightness that may assist in boosting the battery life. Apart from these tips, you may want to check out the following solutions to elevate the life of a battery.

Turn on the Battery Saver Mode

Sometimes, after a system update, the battery saver mode may be toggled off, and you need to turn on the battery saver manually. The Battery saver mode allows users to control battery power consumption in order to have maximum on-time. By enabling the battery saver mode, your system will automatically restrict all the applications that are running in the background. To enable Battery Saver Mode, follow these steps:

Go to Settings and click on System.

Click on Battery option on the left side of the System window.

Locate the Battery Saver settings and toggle the setting – Turn on battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below. Move the slider to a suitable position.

Check Battery usage by apps

To find out the battery usage of each app follow these steps.

In the battery settings,  Click on the option ‘Battery Usage by app‘.

The ‘Battery usage by app’ window is displayed with all the apps and percentage of battery consumptions.

Identify the ones you think are using very high power, and see if you would like to restrict usage, disable, or remove the app/s.

Use Sleep Study Tool to find out what drains your battery

Windows Sleep Study Tool is a new tool from Microsoft that helps you study what exactly is draining your battery power in a Windows 10/8.1 InstantGo supported computer.

Troubleshoot Power problems with PowerCfg

PowerCfg is a command utility tool that will scan your computer for 60 seconds to know the power efficiency of your system and tracks all the issues that are draining the battery life. The tool provides the detailed results in the form of HTML report so that you can actually evaluate the cause of battery drain. In this way, you can take necessary steps to extend battery life. Follow these steps to generate power report and evaluate the efficiency of your system.

Run Command Prompt as administrator and execute the following command:

powercfg/energy

Battery drain issues in Windows

This will generate a detailed HTML report which you can check for errors.

To generate a complete battery health report type the following command in the command prompt:

powercfg/batteryreport

Hit Enter.

This will give a detailed HTML report on battery issues, charge ratings, history of battery use and history of battery charge periods.

Fix Battery drain issues in Windows

You can also run this command to determine the devices that are set so that the user can wake the computer and turn them off by using the following command:

powercfg –devicequery wake_armed

For more information about the PowerCFG options, run POWERCFG /? command in an elevated prompt.

Run Power Troubleshooter

Run the Power Troubleshooter and let it check for and automatically detect and fix Power issues.

Extend Battery life with customized Power Plans

Power plans help conserve energy while you maximize the system performance. It basically gives you the power to prioritize between battery life and performance. They let you customize the battery usage by planning and adjusting the screen brightness either when the system is in sleep mode or charging mode or when the system is plugged in. You can change the settings of display, brightness and sleep either when the system is on battery or when the system is plugged in. Moreover, you can change advanced power settings or restore to the default settings. The following steps will guide you in using power plans.

Go to Control Panel and click on Power options.

In the Power Options, choose to Create a Power plan. Now you will be able to Create a Power plan as per your needs.

If the above solution doesn’t work for you, check if your drivers are updated.  Most of the time, outdated drivers consume a lot of battery, so it is important to update the drivers to maximize device battery life as well as preventing other system-related problems from happening.

Read next:

  1. Tips to Conserve Battery Power & extend Battery Life
  2. Laptop Battery Usage Tips & Optimization Guide.
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