Today I’ll be showing you a number of different ways to save battery or increase Windows 11 Battery Life. The methods should work on any laptop running Windows 11, although the performance might differ depending on each laptop.
You don’t necessarily need to follow all of the methods to Improve Battery on Windows 11 so feel free to skip any, but the more methods you do the longer your battery should last. let’s get into the methods.
First things First
We’ll begin with a quick test to see if there are any power issues that could be causing our battery to drain quicker. To do this, we’re going to run the power troubleshooter.
- This can be done by first going to the main settings page and once in there, click on the system from the options on the left side although you should be in there by default.
- In the system settings, click on Troubleshoot and then choose other troubleshooters.
- Now look down the list for the troubleshooter called power and click on run next to it.
- Allow Windows 11 to look for and suggest any possible solutions that might help.
Battery Saver Mode
This is different from battery saver mode, as it will run all of the time. You shouldn’t notice too much of a performance difference but there should be an increase in your battery life as your components won’t be working as hard.
- To change the power settings to power saver mode, you need to go to the control panel first.
- You can get there by searching for it in the search bar.
- In the control panel, click on system and security and then choose power options from the list.
- In the power settings, you might need to click on show additional plans to get the power saver option.
- Check the box to the left of the power saver to turn it on.
You can always choose balanced if you were already on high performance, so you don’t lose too much performance whilst still saving battery. If you click on change plan settings, you can edit the time your PC will stay on.
You will be able to change the options for both when on power and when on battery. Feel free to change these, and the shorter the time is, the more you will save your battery when you are away from your laptop.
Update the Battery Power Mode setting
Whilst we’re in the power settings, we’ll move on to the third method to improve Battery life on Windows 11. You can skip this one if you like if you don’t feel comfortable changing some of these settings.
- If you are still on the edit plan settings page of the power saver mode we selected,
- Then click on Change advanced power settings to open a new window.
- In these advanced settings, first, find the option called sleep and click on it to expand it.
- There are a few more options that we can change here, such as turning on hibernate.
- Now find the option called processor power management and expand it and expand the option called maximum processor state.
- You should see two options, with one that says on battery. Feel free to change this number to something like 80% initially on battery.
This will limit your processor to 80% and will save battery but you will lose some performance obviously, especially when running demanding programs, so if it’s not worth it then you can return to here to change it back to 100%.
If you find that 80% doesn’t make much of a difference to the performance, then you could even go lower to save more battery. Remember to click Apply to save any changes that you’ve made.
Optimize screen brightness on Windows 11
Leave this window open for this method as we’re going to focus on brightness next. Find the option called display and click on it to expand it.
You should see more options than me but find the one called enable adaptive brightness and expand that. If you want to, you can turn it on when your laptop is on battery.
If you don’t like adaptive brightness, then if you leave it off, you can change the brightness in the power plan settings screen, which was the page we were on before this window opened, and it should still be open in the control panel.
You can change the brightness for both when on power and also when using the battery.
Reduce the number of background apps
This method to save battery on your Windows 11 laptop is to prevent certain apps from running when you start up your PC.
Not only will the apps cause your PC to take longer to start up, but they will run in the background which will result in your laptop having to do more work than necessary.
- To view and disable start-up programs you first need to go to the task manager.
- You can get there by right-clicking on the start menu button at the bottom and then by choosing task manager.
- In the task manager find the start-up tab and now you should see the list of programs that can automatically start when you turn on your laptop.
- You’ll need to go down the list and look for any programs you know you don’t use, or those that you don’t use regularly.
- Disabling them in here won’t make them stop working, however, they might take a bit longer to run when you want to use them. But of course, if you don’t use them that often, this won’t make too much difference.
- To disable an application here, all you need to do is right-click on it and then choose ‘disable’.
It’s helpful to look at the start-up impact column to help make your decision on whether it’s worth disabling them. You can always enable the program again by right-clicking on it and selecting enable.
Reduce the number of background apps
Again, whilst we’re in the task manager, you can also save battery by closing any programs you aren’t currently using.
It’s helpful to check which uses the most system resources in the processes tab by looking at the CPU and GPU columns.
Also, look in the background processes section for apps that you don’t use but don’t end the task though for any programs you don’t recognize as they might be system services. You might find things like your browser run in the background and this will use a battery.
Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth when not using
The next method to save battery on your laptop is to make sure Bluetooth is turned off if you have it as well as turning off Wi-Fi when not using it.
- Although this might be rare if you really need to save battery, turning these off will definitely help. Thankfully, in Windows 11 it’s easy to turn off Bluetooth.
- All you need to do is go to the main settings page which can be accessed by searching for it.
- In the settings, you can turn off Bluetooth in the Bluetooth and devices section, and you can turn WiFi off in the Network and Internet section.
The next method is quite simple, all you need to do is unplug any peripheral devices from your laptop if you have any when you are not using them.
Any device, such as a wired mouse or USB stick might draw unnecessary power from your laptop’s battery so if you keep them unplugged when not in use you should see a slight increase in battery life.
Change display settings
Adjust some of your PC’s display settings to help extend battery life. For example:
- Set a shorter duration for an active display.
- Reduce your display’s brightness.
- Reduce the screen refresh rate.
- Choose custom graphics options for an app.
- Use a dark background.
- Use a dark theme.
Clean your Laptop/PC
The tenth and final method to save battery life is to physically clean your laptop and especially the vents. The cooler your laptop can run the less the fans will be required and the more efficient it will be, extending your battery life.
And so those are my methods to help Improve Windows 11 Battery Life. I hope it will also help you if u have Windows 11 Battery drain issues. If you have any questions, then let me know in the comments below. Be sure to stick around to see some of my other Windows 11 tips that you might be interested in.