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Stop Windows 10 Apps From Draining Battery Power

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips, Windows 10

Many people have switched from desktop computers to laptops for the convenience and portability that they offer. However, the downside is that the battery never lasts as long as we would like it to. These tips enable you to get more life from the battery.

In 2012 Microsoft introduced apps with the launch of Windows 8 and it is a new type of software that is distributed exclusively through the Windows Store. Apps have been bundled with Windows ever since and several come with Windows 10, such as Mail, Calendar, Weather, Alarms & Clock, People, Photos, Groove Music, and more.

You can, of course, download thousands more from the Windows Store.

Anyone that uses a laptop should be aware that apps that run in the background will consume battery power. They can start up and perform tasks, access the internet, display notifications and so on.

It is very similar to the apps on a phone and we all know how fast apps can drain mobile batteries. Windows apps can drain laptop batteries too.

To see which apps run in the background, open the Settings app by pressing Windows+I.

Click System and then Battery on the left. Click the link on the right, Battery usage by app.

This shows which apps have been using the battery the most over the last 24 hours. Alternative time periods are six hours and one week.

The apps are sorted by battery usage with the one that uses the most battery at the top. This might simply be the app you have used the most. If you spend hours each day playing Candy Crush Saga, don’t be surprised if it appears at the top of the list.

If an app you rarely use appears on the list, it is a warning signal that something is wrong. It might be running in the background even though it is not needed.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps, or type ‘background apps’ into the search box. A master switch at the top enables all apps to be prevented from running in the background. This saves the most battery power.

However, some apps are useful, such as Mail and you will receive notifications when new messages arrive. Leave the master switch on, but use the switch next to each app to choose whether to allow an app to run in the background. Turn off the switch for apps that are unimportant, like games, tools, and so on.

Here Alarms & Clock is allowed to run, but other apps have been blocked. It is your choice which apps you block, but the more you block, the longer the battery power will last.

Non-Windows store apps, such as Chrome, Photoshop and other programs, cannot be prevented from running in the background and they do not appear in this list.

~ Roland Waddilove


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