How to Restore a Missing Battery Icon in Windows 10

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You log on to Windows 10 with your laptop and notice that the battery icon is conspicuously absent from your taskbar. You click the arrow which shows all your hidden icons, and there's no power indicator there either. It's hard to say why this little white symbol goes AWOL -- it happened to me after a recent Windows update -- but fortunately, it's easy to fix.  Here's how to restore a missing battery icon in Windows 10.

missing battery icon

  1.  Right click on the taskbar and select Settings.

    select settings

  2. Click "Turn system icons on or off."
    Click turn system icons on or off
  3. Toggle Power to on.Toggle power to on

Your battery icon should appear in the system tray again.battery icon returns

 

 

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102 comments
  • Shawn Says:

    ditto on the thanks to Ryan Pollock!!

  • Anonymous Says:

    Ryan Pollock thank you! that worked for me! the microsoft lot have never been able to help... don't know their own product

  • Ryan Pollock Says:

    Thanks Ben23 this was the only thign that worked: "Go to the search icon bottom right and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :) Well done Bon Bon"

  • Neil Dittlinger Says:

    Battery icon has disappeared and settings indicates "Power on". Battery is dying because the charger is plugged in and not charging. I have gone through everything I could find short of removing the battery and that appears to be a big job, but will do it if there is no other way.

  • Natalie Says:

    Ben23, followed all the steps, except that in my Task Manager right-clicking on the Windows Explorer did not give me the "restart" option for whatever reason. I ended up just pressing "End Task" for this process, and then restarting the computer (by pressing alt+ctrl+del, etc.). That seemed to do the trick, though. :)

  • Effy Frost Says:

    It says it is turned on, yet it is still missing...

  • Yoyoyo Says:

    Ben23, when everything else failed your solution worked,thanks a lot man!

  • Abid Riaz Says:

    Ben23, your solution worked. Thank you for saving me the effort.

  • Sarah Says:

    Thank you ben23! Your comment is what helped me!

  • TheTeenageWitch Says:

    THANK YOU BEN23!!!!!! Nothing seemed to be working and your solution took less than a minute!

  • Sharon Prieto Says:

    Ben23! I was also going round and round and my batter icon was disabled/greyed out. I couldn't turn it on. THANK YOU!!!!

  • xpreiment Says:

    Ben23: Go to the search icon bottom right and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :) Well done Bon Bon

  • evelyn m todd Says:

    follow exactly what ben23 says. I have spent over an hour trying to hop, skip and jump according to the instructions of all kinds of peeps. WASTED time. My battery power icon was also grayed out, therefore not able to control anything there. I kept going in and out of settings, turn this and that on. Nothing worked. Just follow ben23's instructions to the T. Took me all of 30 secs to 1 minute.

  • evelyn m todd Says:

    ben23 is the one who helped me

  • Lane Jasper Says:

    Not at all what the OP was asking. HOW do you SHOW the percentage of battery on the icon without 3rd party software (like on a Mac it has the option under power to show percentage or you can click on the icon and hold a second and say show percentage) windows has never had this and still.doesnt unless it's a manufacturer driver that came with the machine like many thinkpads or you have to install a 3rd part app which is ridiculous

  • annoyed Says:

    Your suggestion has worked in the past but now Windows 10 is disabled the power on option--as others have recently found "power on" is grayed out.

  • Akito Says:

    I followed all of the instructions but the button for the power is listed as "on" but is grayed out. How do I go about fixing this annoying issue?

  • Sreeram Says:

    Hi - Followed the instructions, however the power icon shows as "on" but is greyed out and wont let me change it. Any suggestions. Thanks.

  • Nigel Murphy Says:

    Hi - Followed the instructions, however the power icon shows as "on" but is greyed out and wont let me change it. Any suggestions. Thanks.

  • Janet55 Says:

    Thanks bonbon23 for the suggestion! Turned out great.

  • Alia2171 Says:

    BEN23 - thanks! fixed the greyed out problem for me

  • Amanda Says:

    already turn on and off the power button, but the icon won't shown up. Help please.

  • Shuttle Says:

    Thanks Ben23, your solution really worked! Thank you so much!

  • Kyna J Says:

    Hmm...im still stuck here...I followed what Bonbon said..and in my task manager in 'more details' everything is layed out by no file 'Windows Explorer' is mentioned at all....please help! the article nor his comment didn't work. :(

  • Rishab Says:

    The battery button is shown on and is disabled. Anyone know how i can fix this?

  • Taneshar Says:

    Thank you Rachel for relaying BonBon's instructions! Worked perfectly!

  • Nurit Katz Says:

    I followed the instructions and my computer and when I get to the page "turn system icons on and off" the power one is on "on" but it is grayed out and it doesn't show up on my toolbar :( any suggestions?

  • SIMMON Says:

    GIVE THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUDS IT WORKS

  • self praise is nopraise Says:

    THIS restart explorer save me from alot of trouble thanks ...it works

  • Subodh Says:

    Thanks Rachel. Your comments was very helpful

  • Evan Siegel Says:

    Still doesn't work.
    Why does this comment have to be more than 30 characters long?

  • Abidah Says:

    Really helpful!! Thank you so much!

  • Abigail Laura Says:

    Lizard, if you're still looking for a solution, Ben23 posted Bon Bons comment above. This really helped and I'd recommend! Thank you all for the help! <3

  • Rachel Moyer Says:

    Thanks so much, Bon Bon!!!! Tearing my hair out and you fixed it!!!!

  • Ben23 Says:

    Go to the search icon bottom right and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :) Well done Bon Bon

  • lizard Says:

    I appears to be on but it's grey unlike the others. Is there a fix for this?

  • weazie Says:

    LouArmor's tip worked for me.Thank You!

  • RinaLue Says:

    Yay, Bonbon! That was quick and easy.

  • Rachel Says:

    The fix above didn't work bcs it was grayed out by me but after reading comments I have to give a huge shout out to Bonbons! Your fix worked easily and quickly!! Thanks so much!!!
    "To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"

  • Sarah Bell Says:

    This trick didn't work as it was grayed out but the note in the comments about restarting windows explorer in task manager fixed it immediately. thanks!

  • KUNAPAREDDY JEEVAN Says:

    my power option is on.but icon is not available.there is no available for turning it into off and on it again..it is fixed

  • bronwn ntebeka Says:

    my laptop is not swowing the icon battery what should i do

  • ryan rhoades Says:

    Thank you bonbon and Justin. The windows explorer reset worked like a charm. Thank you for sharing this simple fix.

  • Divyank Singh Sikarwar Says:

    Thank You,
    It is really Helpful

  • Haitham Kobeissi Says:

    @Lou Armour, worked for me, thank you...

  • JUSTIN K MINER Says:

    Don't listen to any of these idiots! Just listen to Bonbon! Bonbon said:

    "To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"

    Thanks Bonbon! What a quick fix, and it ACTUALLY WORKED without doing any stupid risky things to my computer!

  • Sethzpix Says:

    @Lou Armour, you dont have to uninstall the drivers. just right click on the battery icon and click on scan for hardware changes. it reboots any driver that is acting crazy.

  • Ghosty Says:

    The switch is grey and is apparently already turned on but the icon in the bottom right isn't there...

  • Lou Armour Says:

    It recently happened to me, too. Anjeet's advice worked . Thank you.
    1.Go to Device Manager
    2.click on battery and uninstall both the drivers.
    3.Now,click on Action Menu and Click on scan for hardware changes.
    4.The System will automatically install both the drivers.

  • Taehyun Says:

    It didn't work for me, im not sure why though..

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