Power management is crucial when you are always outside and on the go with your laptop. That is why you always have to look for ways to get the most out of your battery’s life as soon as possible. Windows 10 is constantly evolving and providing the latest and the best power management tools to make sure that your device’s battery life will last more.
You can see some power management options on the Windows Settings app or use the one-click Battery Saver feature on your device to maximize its battery life. But, there’s another power management tool that you can use to monitor the power usage of each app on your device. This feature was added on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which can be enabled in the Windows Task Manager.
Power Usage Feature in Task Manager
Here’s a step by step guide on how to check the power usage of each process on your laptop or computer.
1. Right-click the Taskbar on your screen. Select the Task Manager option to open the Task Manager.
- You can also open it by trying the shortcut method. Just simply press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard.
- If the full Task Manager pane is not appearing on the window, just go at the bottom and click More Details.
This information is hidden by the window’s small size but it appears on the Processes section.
- Click and drag the corner of the window to enlarge it. Just do this until the columns of the Power Usage and the Power Usage Trend appears.
- You can also scroll the window to the right to see these two columns.
- To reorder the list of columns, you can also drag the headings and drop them.
2. Right-click the headings if you can’t see the Power Usage and Power Usage Trend columns. After that, enable both columns.
3. If you can’t find these two columns anywhere or they don’t appear on the window, then that means you still haven’t upgraded to the Windows 10 October 2018 update yet.
Updated Features of Task Manager
The two new added features of Task Manager after the October 2018 Update of Windows 10 are the Power Usage and the Power Usage Trend. Not everyone has this feature. However, Microsoft has released them for many users already.
- Power Usage. This feature provides the power used by an application. It also gives information about the power used by an application at present. If you take a look at the processes in the Power Usage option, they are very low. The difference between low and very low that appears in this tab is still unclear.
- Power Usage Trend. Compared to the Power Usage feature, Power Usage Trend doesn’t show the processes’ live power. This feature shows the power history of a particular application or the overall trend.
How do they work in Task Manager?
Don’t worry if you see that the power used in the Power Usage column is high. All you have to do is take a look at this process on the Power Usage Trend column. If the power usage is low in it, then the process is working okay and you don’t have to do anything. This just means that the overall trend is low even if it uses high power.
On the other hand, you have to close the app or the process if the power usage on the overall trend is high, especially if that app is not that important. You should also make sure that there is no included “Windows” word on the description while closing any task or process. The computer system might end up being unstable if you disable, stop, or end a task, especially if it is related to Windows.
Check Which Apps Used the Most Power
Here’s how you can check which applications or processes are using the most battery power on your laptop or tablet.
- Open the Windows Start menu and click the Windows Settings app.
- Go to the Systems option on the Settings menu.
- After that, click Battery.
- Look for the option that says “See which apps are affecting your battery life” and click it.
If you are using a desktop computer, you won’t be able to see this section because it is only available on devices with a battery, including tablets and laptops. You don’t need to check which apps are high in power if you’re using a desktop computer anyway because it’s plugged in directly to a power source.
This Battery section will show a list of apps that use the highest power on your laptop or tablet. You can check the power used within 6 hours, 24 hours, or one week.