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


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

When set to optimize for battery life on devices that can play high dynamic range (HDR) movies and videos, HDR videos will play as standard dynamic range (SDR) videos when your laptop or tablet isnít plugged in to get more out of your battery.

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.

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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





Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10
To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Settings

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

2. Click/tap on Battery on the left side, and select Optimize for battery life or Optimize for video quality in the When watching movies and videos on battery power drop menu on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10
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)

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Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows 10
To Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Command Prompt

1. Open a command prompt.

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

(Optimize for battery life)
powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b 10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49 1

OR

(Optimize for video quality)
powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b 10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49 0

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That's it,
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