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How to save battery life on your Windows 11 laptop

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Enable battery saving mode
Change power modes in Windows 11
Optimize battery for video playback
Reduce screen and keyboard brightness
Change the image refresh rate
Turn on 'Airplane mode'
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The majority of computers that are sold are portable and Microsoft is aware of this, making an operating system aimed at mobile use . Windows 11 proposes energy efficiency modes that will help us save on battery power, but there are also habits and functionalities that we can take into account..

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  1. Enable battery saving mode
  2. Change power modes in Windows 11
  3. Optimize battery for video playback
  4. Reduce screen and keyboard brightness
  5. Change the image refresh rate
  6. Turn on 'Airplane mode'

Enable battery saving mode

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When we don't have a plug nearby and we need to extend the autonomy of our laptop , we can activate the Windows 11 battery saver, which optimizes the duration by reducing the brightness, limiting the operation of applications in the background and restricting notifications.

A minimum battery percentage can be set to automatically activate. If we want to do it manually we go to 'Settings > System > Power and battery > Battery saving'..

Change power modes in Windows 11

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Windows 11 has three power modes , which we access through 'Settings > System > Power and battery > Power mode'.

  • Best Power Efficiency or Recommended: This is the option that will provide the longest battery life in a laptop.
  • Better performance: The system automatically balances power and performance for an optimal experience.
  • Maximum performance: uses the most energy.

Optimize battery for video playback

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Windows 11 allows us to optimize the battery when we are going to play videos . An option that we access through 'Settings> Applications> Video playback> Battery options> Optimize for battery life'..

It is also possible to optimize the performance of  HDR . We access through 'Settings> System> Screen> HDR> Battery options'.

Reduce screen and keyboard brightness

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The more brightness on the screen, the more consumption . The optimization options reduce the brightness as a saving measure, but we can do it manually whenever possible and it does not bother our vision. A minimum level of brightness can lead to savings of 20%.

It's not that big of a deal, but if you're really strapped for power, it's possible to turn the keyboard backlight down to zero .

Change the image refresh rate

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The latest generation laptops offer a higher refresh rate screen, which helps to display smoother images, but they also consume more power . Microsoft introduced the Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) feature, but we can also lower the number manually.

To change the frequency, go to 'Settings > Screen > Advanced screen'.

Turn on 'Airplane mode'

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'Airplane mode' offers a quick way to disable all wireless communications on your computer (Wi-Fi, mobile phone network, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC…). If we are watching a movie or doing some activity that does not require a connection, we can save battery life with this Windows 11 option.

To turn 'Airplane mode' on or off, 'Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode'.

 


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