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Tweaking a few minor display settings can help to keep your laptop charged for much longer. Turn your brightness down as much as you can without it getting to the point where you could strain your eyes. Also, try switching out your vibrant background for something with dark colours, or just a black screen. It might be nice to see a picture from your latest beach vacation every time you open your computer, but it’s using up unnecessary energy. One last display adjustment you can make is setting your screen to automatically turn off after a certain amount of time.
Don’t keep it plugged in 24/7
Keeping your computer plugged into the charger all the time, even when you’re not using it, is bad for the battery. Your computer battery should never be at a full charge or no charge at all. So, don’t keep your computer plugged in all day and don’t use it until it dies. Keeping the charge between 50-80% is ideal. A device repair technician recommends plugging in your computer in the morning, and then once it’s fully charged, keep it unplugged for the rest of the day.
Turn off your computer at the end of the day
Turning off your computer at the end of every day is the best way to get the longest lifespan out of your battery. Turning it off clears any applications and other excess information that has built up throughout the day, giving it a fresh start in the morning, which will help to keep the battery charged for a longer amount of time.
Keep your operating system up to date
Always check to see if your computer has the latest version of the iOS or Windows operating system. And, when your computer tells you to install an update, don’t ignore it. Manufacturers will release updates or patches to fix bugs. In the past, some have been bugs that cause your battery to drain faster.
Keep your laptop cool
You never want your laptop battery to get too hot or too cold. Many times people will rest their computer on top of their covers while sitting in their bed, and even though they may not feel it, the battery heats up. It’s best to keep your computer on a flat, hard surface so that air can flow underneath, keeping the battery at a good temperature, which will ensure that it will stay charged for longer.
Turn off and unplug things that aren’t in use
Turning off simple things, even though it might seem like it won’t make a difference, can have a significant impact on the life of your laptop battery. Switch the sound off, turn off the backlight on your keyboard if you have one, turn off the Bluetooth if you’re not using it, and the Wi-Fi if you’re able to work offline. Another thing that can help is removing your wireless mouse, thumb drives, the external keyboard, and/or external hard drives. They all use power when plugged in even in you’re not using them.
Shut down unused and highly intense apps
If you’re not using an app, make sure that you exit out of it. If they are running, they will use up your battery. Also, limit the use of highly intense apps such as games and editing software, they use up a lot of energy and will drain your battery much faster.
Turn off auto app updates
Make sure that you change your settings so that applications only updated when you are plugged into a power source. Updating things such as Microsoft Word can drain a lot of your laptop battery.
Turn off notifications
When you go to a lot of websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, news sites, and even your email they ask to enable notifications when there is activity on your profile or a breaking news story. This is using the battery because your computer is constantly refreshing information from those sites even though you may not have them open.
Use a private window
When using the Internet, work in an incognito or private window. This will disable your computer’s auto fill function, using less energy to run the application. Even though it may take you longer to search things (since Google won’t give suggestions) or log into your accounts (since your username and password won’t be saved) it will save your battery.
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