How to Find What's Draining Your Windows 10 Laptop's Battery

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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 realize. Fortunately, the Windows Battery Saver utility can show you how your battery usage breaks down.

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While the Chrome browser has a long history of draining batteries, there are other resource hogs that aren't as famous, and this utility will help you find them. Battery saver will also allow you to regulate which apps can be active in the background.

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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.

How to Find What's Draining Your Windows 10 Laptop's Battery

1. Click the Start button.

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2. Select Settings.


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3. Click System.

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4. Select Battery saver.

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5. 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.

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6. 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.

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7. Click Details.

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8. Turn the "Allow this app to run in the background" switch to the off position so it will eat less of your battery life.

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Now you're more informed about which apps drain your battery, and how to rein them in. Best of luck keeping your battery's charge filled.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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