How to Analyze Power Consumption of Various Apps on Windows 10?

By Rimzhim Sharma December 8, 2016 How To, Windows

Wouldn’t it be convenient if we could keep track of all apps & services in Windows and analyze their power consumption? Sometimes, just a single app can become the culprit and drain out your battery. Fortunately, Windows 10 provides us with “Battery Usage” screen where we can analyze the apps and desktop programs based on their battery use/power consumption.

You can launch the Battery use screen by following these steps:

  • Tap “Settings” option in the start menu.
  • In Settings, select “system” and then choose “Battery saver”.

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  • Alternatively, you can also type “Battery saver” into Cortana search box and select “Battery saver” option to directly go to this screen.
  • On the right you’ll see an overview of remaining battery power.
  • You can also tap “Battery use” to view more details.

See also: How to Activate Cortana on Windows 10?

Understanding it better…

The Battery Use screen can be used for various optimization tasks on your system. Let us take a look at how you could use this information to your advantage.

Sort your data

You can also sort and customize the battery use data as per your requirement. By default, the list displays the data from last 24 hours, however you can change the setting and select “24 Hours,” “48 Hours,” or “1 Week.” To change this setting, click or tap the drop down box under “Showing battery use across all apps from the last” at the top of the screen and select the option of your choice.

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Display and Wi-Fi Settings

This section displays how much battery power has been used by system processes, display, and your Wi-Fi radio.

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If you find that display is eating up a lot of battery percentage then you can try lowering it down by navigating to Settings > System > Power & Sleep.

Change Background app settings

If apps are using power in the background, you can click or tap “Change background app settings” link and prevent apps from running in background.

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List of applications

Scroll down further and you’ll see a list of applications. This is the most useful part of the list, as it shows all your desktop applications and universal apps. It’ll list apps according to their battery consumption for that session and show what percentage of your battery power each app has used.

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Manage apps to run in background

You may see the word “Allowed” under some Windows 10 universal apps in the list. This indicates they’re allowed to run in the background. You can select an app and then select the “Details” button to see more details. From here, you can disable the “Allow this app to run in the background” option and prevent apps from using power in background.

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The battery usage screen is a convenient way to see what apps consume the most battery. Allowing us to effectively manage our system’s power consumption. This will not only cause your device to consume less power, but will also improve battery life.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."