How to use the «saver» in Windows 10
Modes Windows that allows you to manage power consumption on laptops and tablets we have said repeatedly. However, in the latest version of the operating system there is another special mode that can extend the battery life of any mobile device running Windows 10. It’s called «battery saver mode» (Battery Saver) today, we will discuss in more detail its functions and try to understand how it differs from the classic power options.
What exactly does?
If you have a device with Windows Phone (Mobile), iOS, or Android, you’re probably already familiar with features such as low power mode and conserve battery. Battery Saver in Windows 10 works on the same principle: reduce the display brightness prevent apps that are loaded in background, use system resources. In practice, the two main energy consumers on any mobile device – whether tablet, smartphone or laptop. The screen, of course, has the most significant contribution to the resource consumption of the battery, but if you use the so-called «universal apps», they also contribute to this, as the CPU and actively use the Internet connection, even if at first glance it is not visible.
The default is «battery saver» is activated automatically when the battery charge falls below 20%, but this value can be set manually. Ie if you want the power saving mode include, for example, when the battery level is below 40% or 50%, you just need to make appropriate changes to settings Battery Saver.
Objectively speaking, Battery Saver is nothing but a simplified analogue of the standard power plans. Unlike the past, Battery Saver has a more modest number of settings, but has several interesting features, including the ability to understand which components of the system are the main consumers of energy.
To access the settings function press «All settings» in the notification center. and
Then select «System > battery saver > Settings conserve».
Here you can either disable the automatic battery saver is on when you drop the battery lifetime below a certain minimum («Automatically turn on battery saver when the battery level is below»), or simply modify the least – for example, 30 instead of 20 percent. Here you can optionally enable sending notifications in battery saver mode or to disable the automatic dimming of the screen when you activate the Battery Saver.
If you have applications that run in the background (Skype, Viber and others), you can prevent them from consuming system resources when Battery Saver is active. So, of course, we will limit their functionality – for example, will not be able to accept incoming calls, and notifications from Skype, so if you use this app, it is better to add it to the exceptions list. To do this, click «Add application» in the section «Always enabled» in the list of applications find the right, select it and press «Add».
At the moment, «battery saver» in Windows 10 provides very little opportunity – at least in the background is much more rich and flexible settings available in the standard Windows power plans. In its current form, a function looks like a good and interesting idea, which, however, does not fully use its potential. Settings could be a little more, and they could be more aggressive – for example, the ability to send the CPU into a low power state with just one press of a button. Then Battery Saver could be a far more effective way to save battery, eliminating the need to delve into the many settings of the standard power schemes.