Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10  

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10

    How to Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    24 Feb 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10


    When watching movies and videos on battery power in Windows 10, you can select to optimize for battery life or video quality.

    This tutorial will show you how to optimize for battery life or video quality when watching moves and videos on battery power in Windows 10.

    This setting will affect all users on the PC that use the same power plan.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Settings
    • Option Two: To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Power Options
    • Option Three: To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Command Prompt






    OPTION ONE

    To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Settings


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

    2 Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want to set.


    3 To Optimize for Video Quality when Watching Movies and Videos on Battery Power

    A) Click/tap on Display on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Under Battery options, select Optimize for video quality in the When watching movies and videos on battery power drop menu, and go to step 5.

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10-video_playback_settings-1.jpg


    4 To Optimize for Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos on Battery Power

    A) Click/tap on Display on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Under Battery options, select Optimize for battery life in the When watching movies and videos on battery power drop menu.

    C) Check or uncheck (default) I prefer video to play at a lower resolution when on battery for what you want, and go to step 5.

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10-video_playback_settings-2.jpg

    5 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Power Options


    1 Open the advanced power settings for your current chosen power plan.

    2 Expand open Multimedia settings and Video playback quality bias, set On battery to what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10-watching_movies_and_videos_on_battery_power.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Command Prompt


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (Optimize for battery life - Video playback power-saving bias)
    powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b 10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49 0

    OR

    (Optimize for video quality - Video playback performance bias)
    powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b 10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49 1

    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10-watching_movies_and_videos_on_battery_power_command-1.jpg
    Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10-watching_movies_and_videos_on_battery_power_command-0.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 78
    10 pro
       #1

    POWERCFG /QUERY lists two settings which appear to be relevant:

    Code:
    D:>POWERCFG /QUERY
      Subgroup GUID: 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b
        Power Setting GUID: 10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49  (Video playback quality bias)
          Possible Setting Index: 000
          Possible Setting Friendly Name: Video playback power-saving bias
          Possible Setting Index: 001
          Possible Setting Friendly Name: Video playback performance bias
        Current AC Power Setting Index: 0x00000001
        Current DC Power Setting Index: 0x00000000
    
        Power Setting GUID: 34c7b99f-9a6d-4b3c-8dc7-b6693b78cef4  (When playing video)
          Possible Setting Index: 000
          Possible Setting Friendly Name: Optimize video quality
          Possible Setting Index: 001
          Possible Setting Friendly Name: Balanced
          Possible Setting Index: 002
          Possible Setting Friendly Name: Optimize power savings
        Current AC Power Setting Index: 0x00000000
        Current DC Power Setting Index: 0x00000000
    (Irrelevant parts not shown)

    The values POWERCFG /QUERY shows for Video playback quality bias appear to be reversed from what you specify in Option Three.
    I checked this in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, and they both show the same thing.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    SpacemanSam said:
    The values POWERCFG /QUERY shows for Video playback quality bias appear to be reversed from what you specify in Option Three.
    I checked this in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, and they both show the same thing.
    Thank you. Now corrected.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 78
    10 pro
       #3

    Good!
    Should the second setting (for GUID: 34c7b99f-9a6d-4b3c-8dc7-b6693b78cef4) also be added to Option Three?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    SpacemanSam said:
    Good!
    Should the second setting (for GUID: 34c7b99f-9a6d-4b3c-8dc7-b6693b78cef4) also be added to Option Three?
    It appears the setting in option 1 only affects the Video playback quality bias power option setting, so I'll let it be a separate setting.
      My Computers


 

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