Adjust the Display
Adjusting your display settings can help extend your laptop battery life. Lower the screen brightness to a comfortable level and use a darker or plain black background. Set a screen timer to automatically turn off the display after a period of inactivity, such as 60 seconds.
Don’t Keep it Plugged in
Avoid keeping your laptop plugged in all the time. Overcharging or letting the battery drain completely can be detrimental. Aim to keep the battery level between 50% and 80% by charging it in the morning and using it unplugged throughout the day.
Turn it off
Turning off your laptop at the end of the day can help preserve battery life. This clears any open applications or background processes, allowing your laptop to start fresh the next day.
Keep Your Settings Updated
Always keep your computer’s operating system up to date. Install updates when prompted, as they often include bug fixes that can improve battery performance.
Keep it Cool
Avoid overheating or exposing your laptop battery to extreme cold. Place your laptop on a hard, flat surface that allows for proper airflow to keep it at an optimal temperature.
Disabling unnecessary features and peripherals can help conserve battery power. Turn off sound, and disable the keyboard backlight, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi when not in use. Unplug the wireless mouse, USB drives, and hard drives if they are not needed.
Shut Down Apps
Exit out of applications when you’re done using them. Running background apps consumes battery life. Limit the use of high-energy apps, such as editing software and games.
Turn off Spotlight Search
If you have a Mac, disabling the ‘Spotlight Search’ feature can save battery life. The constant updating of this feature drains battery power. To disable it, go to System Preferences, then Spotlight, then Privacy. Drag the hard drive icon to the list. To re-enable, remove the hard drive from the list.
Disable Automatic Updates
Change your settings to update applications only when your laptop is plugged in. Updating large apps or operating system versions can drain your battery quickly.
Turn off notifications from apps that are not essential. Constantly refreshing notifications consume battery power, even when the apps are not open.
Use an incognito browser tab when searching the internet. This disables the auto-fill function on frequently visited websites, which can save battery life in the long run.
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