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How to preserve your battery life

Find out how to preserve your laptop’s battery life by following these easy steps

It’s a nightmare when your laptop runs out of power as you get to the end of a film or you’re close to finishing off some work. With just a few quick and easy adjustments to your screen and the apps you use, we’ll show you how to preserve your battery for longer.

For any version of Windows

  1. Quit the applications you’re not using. To do this, click on the Windows icon on the bottom of your screen.
  2. Type in ‘Task Manager’ in the search bar and click on the icon.
  3. Close anything you’re finished with on the ‘Applications’ tab. You might find some apps that you thought you’d shut down – by doing this you’ll make sure that these programs are fully closed and not draining your battery.

For Windows 10

  1. Turn on ‘Battery Saver’ mode. This mode will do things like make your screen darker to make sure that your battery life lasts as long as possible.
  2. Click on the battery icon on the bottom right corner of the screen and click on the ‘Battery Saver’ icon. This feature turns on automatically when your battery gets to 20%.
  3. Look again at the battery icon on the bottom right corner. There should be a little green leaf to show that you’re in ‘Battery Saver’ mode. Your screen will go a little darker and you’ll stop receiving notifications from apps you’re using.

If you want to know more about Windows 10 and all the other great features that it has to offer, read our article all about it.

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For previous versions of Windows

  1. Turn on ‘Power Saver’ mode. Start by clicking on the battery icon at the bottom right corner of your screen.
  2. Choose ‘Power Saver’ from the list of options. You’ll boost your battery life by making your screen a little darker, and your screensaver will turn on quicker.