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How to Manage Battery Usage by App in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 version 1607, you can manage battery usage by app.

You will see a list of apps and the percentage of battery life that each app has consumed (out of the amount of battery life that has been used since the last charge).

You can also set apps on the list to have them managed by Windows or not for allowing them to run in the background when on battery and while Battery Saver is on.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16176, Microsoft leveraged modern silicon capabilities to run background work in a power-efficient manner, thereby enhancing battery life significantly while still giving users access to powerful multitasking capabilities of Windows. With Power Throttling, when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work. You can opt individual apps out from Power Throttling by turning off managed by Windows in Battery usage by app, and unchecking Reduce work app does when in background.

This tutorial will show you how to see and manage battery usage by app for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To See Battery Usage by App
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Managed By Windows for Battery Usage by App





Manage Battery Usage by App in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Manage Battery Usage by App in Windows 10
To See Battery Usage by App

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Battery on the left side, and click/tap on the Battery usage by app link under Overview on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Select 6 Hours, 24 Hours, or 1 Week to show battery usage of apps for the time period you want in the list. (see screenshot below)

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4. Select Apps with usage, All apps, or Always allowed apps for which apps you want to show in the list. (see screenshot below)

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5. You will now see the percentage of battery usage by app to the right of each app for the selected time. (see screenshot below)

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Manage Battery Usage by App in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Manage Battery Usage by App in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Managed By Windows for Battery Usage by App

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Battery on the left side, and click/tap on the Battery usage by app link under Overview on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Select 6 Hours, 24 Hours, or 1 Week to show battery usage of apps for the time period you want in the list. (see screenshot below)

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4. Select Apps with usage, All apps, or Always allowed apps for which apps you want to show in the list. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on an app you want to change the management settings for. (see screenshot below)

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6. Do step 7 (on) or step 8 (off) below to have the app managed by Windows or not.


 7. To Turn On Managed By Windows for App

A) Turn on Managed By Windows, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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 8. To Turn Off Managed By Windows for App

A) Turn off Managed By Windows. (see screenshots below)

B) If available (UWP apps), check or uncheck the Allow app to run background tasks box for what you want.

C) If available, check or uncheck the Reduce work app does when in background box for what you want.

D) Go to step 9 below.

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9. If you like, repeat step 7 (on) or step 8 (off) for any other apps you may want to manage.

10. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn