The one main problem faced by laptops these days is the battery life. While companies keep on introducing new technologies and features, and how they say it will provide longer lasting life on laptops, it just doesn’t seem to last as described — never enough. Whatever it may seem, this problem is always present especially in Windows 10 laptop, and battery drains quickly. Being a hyped and flagship OS, one might expect new technology = better battery life, but this doesn’t seem to be the case, and a suspected culprit is a feature known as “live tiles” in the Start menu.
Live tiles are those self-updating app squares that shows you the latest news and information to the Windows 10 Start menu or Start Screen, for tablet interfaces, which do eat up quite a bit of battery power as they need power to pull down fresh information across the internet. So, it is advised to shut the tiles down if you don’t need any news and information every time you hover to the Start menu. If you want to shut off individual live tiles for apps not relevant to you, you should change the size of the tiles to the smallest.
Now, to do that, right-click on a tile you don’t need until a small round menu button pops up at the bottom-left corner of the tile. Select the ‘Resize’ option and then ‘Small’ from the list. The tile should then shrink down and stop pulling the latest updates from the internet.
Do note that, Windows 10 also includes other battery-boosting settings for when your laptop is running low on juice. For instance, you can switch over to the Battery Saver setting which will shut down the live tiles, as well as automatic activities such as the calendar and email syncing services. To switch, open the Start menu Settings, then select System and Battery, a window where you can create or switch to your power-saving preferences.
To find out which app or program is the biggest energy hog in your machine, there’s a “Battery usage by app” link that shows the culprit in the Batter settings. You can click on the app or program in the list and you have a choice of whether it can use power to run in the background or not. You also have access to control which apps can run continually or automatically in the background by going to the Start menu to Privacy. And to the left of the Privacy settings box, click on Background Apps and turn off any unnecessary apps from the list on the right.
Now you know which app or program is the biggest energy hogs. Quickly, follow the steps above and save the remaining juice left in your machine, or check out these Windows machines below.
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