With default installation settings, Windows 10 shows a battery icon on its taskbar in the system tray area. The battery icon is handy for knowing the remaining battery life and if the battery is getting charged or discharged.
A click on the battery icon brings up the battery flyout showing the percent of the remaining battery life, time remaining before the device sleeps/hibernates/shuts down, and an option to turn on or off the Battery saver feature.
If the battery icon is missing from the Windows 10 taskbar, please try the troubleshooting tips given below.
Solution 1 of 7
Check if the battery icon is hidden
Windows 10 lets you hide icons in the system tray area. To check if the battery icon is hidden, click on the small up arrow icon next to the tray area. If the battery icon is present here, drag and drop it to the system tray area.
Solution 2 of 7
Add the battery icon via Settings in Windows 10
Step 1: Open the Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar page.
Step 2: Here, in the Notification area section, click on Select, which icons appear on the taskbar link.
Step 3: Finally, turn on the Power option to show the battery icon on the Windows 10 taskbar.
Solution 3 of 7
Another way to restore the missing battery icon is via Settings in Windows 10
Step 1: Go to Windows 10 Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.
Step 2: In the Notification area section, click on the Turn system icons on or off link.
Step 3: Here, turn on the Power option. Simple as that!
Solution 4 of 7
Restart the File Explorer to show the battery icon in the taskbar
At times, restarting the Windows Explorer process is all you need to restore the battery icon. Here is how.
Step 1: Right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar and then click the Task Manager option to open the same.
Step 2: If you get the smaller version of the Task Manager, click More details.
Step 3: Under the Processes tab, right-click the Windows Explorer entry and click the Restart option.
If the Windows Explorer entry is missing, open any folder or This PC and then try again.
Solution 5 of 7
Restore Windows 10 to a previous date
If the battery icon appeared on the taskbar just a few days or weeks back, you can use the system restore feature to get the battery icon back. However, remember that you need a previously created system restore point, which must have been created when the battery icon appeared on the taskbar.
Refer to our how-to restore Windows 10 to an earlier date guide for step-by-step directions.
Solution 6 of 7
Disable and then enable the battery hardware
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and then click the Device Manager option to open the same.
Step 2: Expand the Batteries tree. Right-click on the first entry and then click the Disable device option.
Click the Yes button when asked for confirmation.
Please note that you need to disable all the entries.
Step 3: Wait for about ten minutes. Now, right-click on the battery entries again (one at a time) and then click the Enable device option.
Solution 7 of 7
Reinstall Windows 10 without data loss
Reinstalling Windows 10 is not the ideal solution to fix the missing battery icon. That said, if all other methods have failed to bring back the battery icon, you can consider reinstalling Windows 10.
If you are worried about the data, please refer to our how to reinstall Windows 10 without losing the data guide.