Do we want to get a performing PC with a full battery? Do we need to increase the autonomy of the laptop? Let’s see how to do it with Windows 11
When we run Windows 11 on a laptop, it is possible to benefit from some functions designed to optimize battery life in order to always be able to use the computer, even on notebooks with a few years on their shoulders, obtaining an average autonomy of about 2 hours (barring damage to the battery).
In the following guide, we will show you how to adjust performance based on battery on Windows 11 so as to be able to benefit from maximum computing power when we are connected to the mains or the battery has a high charge and, on the other hand, obtain maximum energy savings when the battery is running low.
Activate energy saving automatically
On all PCs with Windows 11, we can automatically activate energy saving when the computer’s battery drops below a certain threshold; in this way, we will be able to exploit all its power when the charge level is high and benefit from energy savings when the battery is low.
To adjust the automatic energy saving, press WIN+I on the keyboard, let’s go to the path System -> Power and Batterywe set right away Maximum performance in the field Energy saving mode and expand the menu Battery saver by clicking on it.
On notebooks with a relatively young battery (2 years or less), we set the energy saver activation threshold close to 20% (vocally, “automatically turn on battery saver when”), so as to benefit more from the power of the laptop up to half of the available battery, switching to energy saving after this threshold.
On notebooks with a battery that is no longer young (3-4 years) we set the threshold for activating the energy saving of the 50%thus activating energy saving more quickly than younger batteries.
If the laptop battery is really old and doesn’t last more than an hour, we can slightly increase the duration by setting Balanced to the voice in energy saving mode and setting All Time to the voice. Automatically turn on battery saver when.
Change the system and screen sleep settings
To optimize battery usage on your laptop, it is a good idea to change the screen sleep and system sleep settings so that your laptop goes to sleep quickly when on battery power and stays on longer when plugged in (without exaggerating, given the large consumption of electricity that will result).
To proceed with these changes, press WIN+I on the keyboard. Let’s go back to the path System -> Power and Battery. Let‘s expand the menu. Screen and suspend, and modify the parameters as follows:
- If on battery power, turn off screen after -> 4 minutes
- If plugged in, turn off screen after -> 15 minutes
- If running on battery power, goes to sleep state after -> 4 minutes
- If plugged in, it goes to sleep state after -> Never
With these settings, the laptop with Windows 11 will go to sleep and turn off the screen after 4 minutes if running on battery power; if connected to the mains, it will turn off the screen after 15 minutes but will still remain active without going into suspension.
Disable apps from running in the background
If we notice that even the new or semi-new battery runs out too soon, it is advisable to check which app consumes too much battery so that it can be deactivated from running in the background. To check which apps consume too much battery, we press WIN+I on the keyboard, open the path Settings -> System -> Power & Battery, and let’s expand the word “Battery usage.”
If we notice some very energy-intensive app, press on the three dots next to its name, press on Manage background tasks, and modify the drop-down menu under the item. Lets you run the app in the backgroundso that you can select the option Never.
Alternatively, we can manage energy savings by taking us along the path Settings->Apps->Apps & Features, pressing on the three dots next to the suspicious app, clicking on Advanced options, and modifying the option present under the item Lets you run the app in the background.
Change advanced power settings
In addition to the energy saving settings seen in Windows 11, we can always use the Control Panel to change some of the advanced settings related to energy saving.
To change these settings, open the Start menu and look for the app Control Panel Panel. Clickclick on sound Hardware and Sound. we press on Power Options Finally, click on the item “Change advanced settings” next to the energy profile active at that moment and finally press “Change advanced power settings.”
In the window that will open, we will have various items available to modify, setting parameters devoted to performance (for items relating to electricity power supply) and parameters devoted to energy saving (for battery power supply).
For more information, you can read our guide on power options in Windows.
Create new power saving profiles
If we use the notebook with Windows 11 in various environments (for example, home and office), we can create energy-saving profiles so as to, for example, obtain greater battery life when we are in the office and push performance to the maximum when we are at home.
To create the two “environmental” energy profiles, we open the Control Panellet’s get on the path Options Hardware and Sound -> Power Options. we press sideways on the item Create a power plan, press on the desired settings for the new profile, and assign a name that is easy to remember. For example, we can create two new profiles with these characteristics:
- Home -> High Performance
- Office -> Energy Saver
After creating the profiles, activate them at the right time using the menu in the path Settings -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options; if we want to speed up switching from one profile to another, right-click on the desktop, press on New -> Create link and we use the following command to start the management of energy profiles:
Let’s use a name of your choice (for example, “energy options”) and press OK to confirm the creation of the quick link to energy saving profiles.
With the advice we have given you in the previous chapters, we will be able to vary computer performance based on the type of battery in use, the residual autonomy, and the environmental conditions in which we find ourselves, making the most of all the energy saving options provided by Windows 11.
To learn more we can read our guides on how to change screen brightness on PC, even automatically come on all the methods to suspend Windows correctly.