Among the various new features added
to Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update, battery saving
improvements are widely talked about.
Other than the new power mode slider in the battery flyout,
Windows 10 has also got under-the-hood power to prevent apps
from putting an extra burden on its shoulders and improve
overall battery life of your Windows 10 PC.
The feature is known as Power Throttling
Not every app on your computer requires the CPU at service all
the time. Other than the ones people actively use, most of them
run in the background where they consume CPU resources.
Windows 10 can reduce the load of such apps and give room to
the apps you’re currently using, a feature called Power
Throttling. This saves the precious battery life of your
system from being wasted on unimportant things.
Microsoft has deployed a sophisticated detection system to
automatically identify important stuff such as media player,
apps running in the foreground, and other demanding apps.
Power Throttling was first introduced to Windows Insiders in
April with the release of the Build 16176. Now, Power
Throttling is a part of the Fall Creators Update.
How to enable or disable Power Throttling in Windows 10?
Turning Power Throttling on or off on your Windows 10 PC is as
simple as moving the battery flyout’s Power Slider. Setting the
power mode slider to “Battery Saver” or “Better Battery” puts
the Power Throttling to work system-wide. You can move the
power slider to “Best Performance” and disable Power
Check out if it’s working
In the Task Manager, you can see what apps are being
optimized by Windows 10. Open the Task Manager, and go to
the Details tab.
Right-click the headings, click Select
Columns, and tick the checkbox that says
“Power Throttling” to a new column of the same
name. It’ll tell you whether Power Throttling is enabled or not
for an app or process.
To see it in action, try to minimize or maximize an app and
then take a look at the Power Throttling column.
When can you use Power Throttling?
There is a twist, not every Windows 10 user can take advantage
of Power Throttling. As the feature is developed to improve the
battery life of your Windows 10 PC, a physical battery needs to
present on the machine.
Power Throttling is disabled by default if you’re running
Windows 10 on a desktop or if your laptop is connected to a
power supply. So, nothing will happen when you move the Windows
10 power mode slider.
Manage Power Throttling for Individual apps
You can set whether Windows 10 should throttle a particular app
or not. This helps in case some apps aren’t that
important to you. The other way round, you can enable
Power Throttling for an app for which you disabled it earlier.
- Go to Settings > System > Battery.
- Under the heading called Overview, click Battery
usage by app.
- Now, a list of apps will appear on the screen. Click the
one for which you want to enable or disable power throttling.
- Here, untick the checkbox that says “Let Windows
decide when this app can run in the background” to
display further setting.
- Untick the checkbox “Reduce the work the app can do
when it’s in the background” to turn off power
throttling for that app.
You can tick the boxes anytime to enable power throttling for
that particular app.
Using power throttling on a regular basis can have its
advantages. Like, you might be able to improve Windows 10
battery and get extra minutes without slowing down your system.
What are your views on Windows 10’s battery performance? Tell
us in the comments.