How To Check Which App is Draining Your Battery in Windows

When optimizing your Windows laptop’s performance, knowing which apps use the most battery is essential. For this, Windows 11 and Windows 10 come with a dedicated battery use screen that displays the apps that are draining your laptop’s battery. This guide will help you further optimize those apps to prolong the battery life. So let’s learn how to check which app is draining the battery in Windows.

How To Check Which App is Draining Your Battery in Windows?

Microsoft includes a battery saver feature with Windows 10 and 11. You can use this feature to see which apps use the most battery on your laptop. To do so, follow the below steps:

  • Go to the Start Menu and open Settings or press Win + I
  • Navigate to System > Power and Battery> Battery Saver.
  • Click on Battery Usage, and it will open a new screen displaying the applications using the most battery.

Battery Usage in WIndows

This screen shows battery use for the last 24 hours by default. You can also switch to a 1-week view using the dropdown menu preset at the top of the screen. It will display aggregated battery use for the last week. So you can easily spot which apps are using the most battery.

Battery Usage Per App

In addition to that, you will see additional power use settings under the dropdown box. It will display how much battery the system, disable, and WiFi adapters are using.

If you go to the advaned settings for each app, you can configure the app run with  Power optimized settings. It will ensure not to drain battery.

Power Optimized Settings Windows

You will also find an option to Change background app settings. You can allow or disallow applications that you don’t want to run in the background using this option.

So once you click on the change background app menu, it will display a list of all the installed apps on your system. Each app will have a toggle next to it.

You can turn on/off the toggle to disable the app. As a result, the application will no longer receive data, send notifications, or update on its own in the background.

Battery Saver

Windows also comes with a battery saver feature. It will automatically turn on after the battery drops below a certain percentage.

Battery Saver will altogether disable all background data, notifications, and updates when this feature is enabled. Also, it will lower your screen brightness to save as much battery as it can.

Battery Saver Windows

Once you turn on the Battery save mode, this is what will happen to your Windows Laptop:

  • Display brightness will get reduced by 30%.
  • Mail, people, and the calendar won’t sync.
  • Non-important Windows updates will get blocked. However, scans for an update will continue to happen.

So that was all for how to check which app is draining your battery in Windows and improve the battery life. I hope this has helped you with your query. If you have any other questions, please drop a comment below.

How To Check Power Usage of Apps in Windows?

To monitor real-time power usage, you can use the Task Manager. Open it using Ctrl + Shift + Esc, and switch to the Processes tab. Right-click on any of the columns and select Power Usage and Power Usage Trends.

Why Is My Laptop Suddenly Draining So Fast?

Check if there are too many apps in the foreground and background. When someone launches a resource-hungry app and lets it run in the background, this may happen. It can also occur if you have too many apps running in the background and those websites are taking too many resources. So, all in all, check what you changed recently that spiked your battery usage.

While you can’t get the details in numbers, Task Manager can tell you if the app is consuming more or less. It is another way to figure out consumption in real-time.

Nayan Roy
Nayan is a crypto and gadget enthusiast who likes to cover topics related to Tech, Startups, Crypto, Gaming, Windows, and other interesting areas. But when he is not working, you can find him playing games or watch random videos on YouTube.


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