Windows 10, with default settings, is optimized to deliver best video and movie quality when watching movies and videos on battery power. This means that your Windows 10 laptop or tablet will give you the best possible video and movie experience by compromising on battery life.
If you always find that your Windows 10 device’s battery lasts for shorter than you expected or manufacturer specified duration, you can optimize Windows 10 for better battery life, especially while watching videos and movies on battery power.
By optimizing Windows 10 for battery life, you can easily extend Windows 10 battery life while watching movies and videos on battery power.
Luckily, you don’t need to do much to extend Windows 10 battery life while watching movies and videos on your Windows 10 laptop or tablet.
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Optimize Windows 10 for battery life
Here is how to extend Windows 10 battery life while watching movies and videos.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to System > Battery.
Step 2: In the More saving options section, select Optimize for battery life from When watching movies and videos on battery power drop-down box.
Now, if you want, you may select Allow video to play at a lower resolution when on battery option. That’s it!
From now on, you will get more battery backup while watching movies and videos on battery power.
Tip: To know which app or program used how much battery power in the post 6 hours, 24 hours or a week, navigate to Settings > System > Battery > click Battery usage by app link.
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Reduce screen brightness to extend the battery life
You can easily increase the battery life while watching movies, videos or doing any other work by reducing the screen brightness. That doesn’t mean that you need to reduce the brightness to the lowest but make sure that your screen is not set to full brightness.
You can either use hotkeys on the keyboard or navigate to Settings app > System > Display to accurately adjust the screen brightness.
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Turn on battery saver to extend Windows 10 battery life
The the built-in Battery Saver feature helps you extend Windows 10 battery life while watching movies and videos by limiting background activities and push notifications.
By default, the Battery Saver feature in Windows 10 kicks in when the battery level drops to 20%. We suggest you temporarily turn on the Battery Saver while watching movies for better battery life. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Click on the battery icon in the system tray area of the taskbar. If the battery icon not showing up, refer to fix to missing battery icon guide.
Step 2: Click on the Battery Saver tile to turn on the same irrespective of the current battery level. When the Battery Saver is turned on, a small green icon will appear on the battery icon in the system tray.
After watching movies or videos, simply turn it on by clicking on Battery Saver tile again.
In addition to these suggestions, you can also turn off Wi-Fi & Bluetooth (when watching movies or videos offline), disconnect devices, kill web browsers and other running applications to extend the battery life.