After a long wait, we finally have our hand on Windows 11, the successor to the much-celebrated Windows 10. As you know, every time a new operating system comes out, it can have bugs and issues that only resolve with time and updates.
Now, Microsoft says that Windows 11 improves the machine’s battery life, that may not be the case for everyone. However, there are ways to improve battery life, so you don’t have to plug in your charger every so often.
Here are the tips for improving Windows 11 battery life, some of which are the same old ones we would use with Windows 10:
Use Battery Saver Mode
Of course, this one is a no-brainer. You want the PC to use less battery, get it in battery saver mode. Windows 11 also has this feature, which you can find in System settings.
Go to Settings > System V Power & battery.
Here you’ll find all the settings regarding battery and power, including the battery saver mode. You can turn it on or set it when it should automatically turn on, which by default is at 20 percent battery.
Once battery saver mode is on, Windows itself will ensure that less battery is used by applications you’re not using so actively.
Change Display Settings
Your PC’s screen uses a lot of power for display, so making adjustments to that can also prolong the battery charge. Just by reducing brightness, you can reduce battery consumption. Go to System > Display > Brightness and lower it.
Similarly, you can set the sleep time of the screen shorter. This determines when the screen goes to sleep when there’s no activity. You can set this by going to System > Power & battery > Screen and sleep.
Use Dark Mode
Believe it or not, there is some truth to the opinion that dark mode saves battery. That’s because Microsoft itself claims it can help save batteries. So perhaps you can turn on the dark mode to save some battery.
On Windows 11, this option is available in Personalization. Go to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Select Dark Mode for Windows. You can also select Dark Mode for the apps.
Efficient Power Mode
Depending on your PC model, you may also have this option. The power mode settings have one option that allows the PC to use the battery efficiently. In other words, it ensures long usage on its own.
You’ll find this option in Power & battery settings only. So check if your PC has any such settings.
It’s already important to keep your operating system updated, but if it’s a new one, it may be even more necessary. While we haven’t heard of any battery-related bugs yet, it’s still recommended to keep your Windows 11 updated, so any battery usage issues are resolved automatically.
Windows 11 is fairly new, so don’t get surprised if you find small issues with it. If you think your PC after the update (or even in the case of a new one with Windows 11 already installed) is draining the battery, just by adjusting some settings, you can deal with the issue.