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How to see which Applications are draining your battery on Your Windows 10 PC

With the ever dynamic updates on Microsoft Windows Arsenal, the Windows OS has been engineered to be more and more appealing to its user viz ensuring one has a rich GUI experience while operating it. The Windows 10 had been optimized to look even more like a Windows Phone and hence comes with such a feature as this.

The Windows 10 comes with a new screen called “Battery Use”, that can show you the various installed application that are exhausting your battery without caution. It breaks down how much battery power each app whether Windows 10 default or third-party application consumes.

As a new feature, it wasn’t really configured in Windows typical Control Panel rather, it can be found in the modernized “Settings” app, which can be launched by simply clicking on “Settings” in the Start Menu.

To access and utilize this Battery Use feature:

  1. Open the “Settings” app, select “System” and then tap “Battery Saver “. You can also access Battery Saver by typing “Battery Saver” in the Cortana Search box.
  2. Viewing the right side of your screen, you would see an overview displaying how much battery power you have left and how much time, Windows estimates it would last for you. Normally, the Battery use screen would show you statistics from the last 24hours. Nevertheless, you can also set it to show you info from past timelines, say past 1 week.
  3. To change the default setting, click on the dropdown box under the Showing battery use across all app from the last: at the top of the screen and select from the options usually, 24Hours, 48Hours or 1 week. Below, this dropdown menu, you would see battery consumption levels in percentages of System processes, display and Wi-Fi radio. Most times, the display is always the highest consumer, so you might want to reduce your screen’s brightness levels.

The In Use and Background options show much power, your applications use when in use as against applications running in the background.  To manage or stop apps consuming power in the background, you use the Change background app settings link to configure your desired changes.

N/B: This is only applicable to default Windows 10 apps, as they would no longer update live feeds and perform other varying background tasks.

When you scroll further down, you will see a list of your third-party desktop applications as well as Windows 10 universal apps as applications that have used battery life and the consumption rate in percentage over the period of time selected.  You can also view more about the power usage of each application by clicking on it and selecting the Details button.

For some of the Windows 10 universal app, you might see the Allow this app to run in the background option under Details, in which you can disable by clicking on the toggle to set to Off so that you prevent the application from consuming any further power in the background.

I hope this helped. Cheers!

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