1. Low Power Mode
Both Windows and Mac systems include a built-in power-saving mode. This turns off intensive processes in the background, and limits the power provided to your computer’s peripherals (Display, Backlight, Processor etc.). Low Power Mode/Battery Saver is a great way to squeeze more life out of your battery in a pinch.
2. Screen Brightness
One of the biggest energy hogs in a portable device is the display backlight. By turning down the brightness of your screen, you may start to see increases in your battery life, as the computer is not sending as much power to the LEDs that brighten your screen.
3. Keyboard Backlight
Another big battery-drainer is your Keyboard Backlight. If your laptop is equipped with one, you can usually turn it off with a keyboard shortcut (on many laptops this can be found on the ‘F1’ – ‘F12’ keys, and may require you to press the ‘Fn’ key at the same time).
4. Reduce background Apps
Be mindful of the programs you have open! Opening excessive amounts of applications can lead to quick battery drainage. If you aren’t currently using an application, it may be wise to close it for the time being. On Macs you’ll need to quit the application, and not just click on the red X to close it.
5. Restart your computer
Restarting/rebooting the computer regularly can force certain unnecessary background processes to close down, meaning your computer spends less time on unneeded tasks. On Macs its also worth making sure that “Repoen windows when logging back in” isn’t ticked when doing so.
Keep track of your internet browser tabs! Each tab is treated as its own process and can become increasingly demanding for your computer to run as you open more tabs that are opened.
7. Update Pausing
Pausing your computer’s updates while running on a battery can be helpful in a pinch; it stops unneeded background downloads and processing power, further contributing to saving your precious energy while out and about.
8. Background Apps
Windows 10 and 11 offer a convenient way to monitor your background applications. Going to Settings > Privacy > Background Apps allows you to manage what can and can’t run in the background while using your computer.
9. Cloud Backup Pause
Do you use cloud storage such as OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox? Excessive syncing can cause lesser battery life. Try pausing your automatic sync in the settings of your respective cloud storage program.
Still not happy with your battery life?
You can bring your computer in and we can arrange a service of the computer or a battery replacement so you can get the most battery life out of your computer again. You can bring in your computer or contact us here to discuss this further.