Open Window While Working on Laptop And 23 Little-Known Tips

Open Window While Working on Laptop And 23 Little-Known Tips


You’re working on something important when
out of nowhere comes the “” notification. You speed up, and… the screen goes black. You didn’t finish and can only hope it saved
the progress. Sounds like you could use some ways to make
your laptop battery last longer! 1. Play with power settings
This is likely what you’ll try first, so let’s get the obvious out of the way. You can turn on the Energy Saver (for Mac)
or Power Saver (for Windows) mode in your settings. It lets you choose when the display will go
off whenever you’re inactive. The sooner it happens, the more battery you’ll
save. 2. Turn down the lights
Your laptop screen, or rather its backlight, is one of the hungriest energy eaters in the
whole system. Dim the screen brightness to win an extra
30 minutes of productivity a day. You can usually do it easily using one of
the F keys. Adjust it to the dimmest you can go without
straining your eyes. 3. Change the background
I know, I know, a beach picture as your wallpaper can warm up your heart on cold days. But its vibrancy comes at a cost, and that
cost is your battery. Opt for something darker, it could even be
a solid color screen. For the same reasons, get rid of the screensaver. 4. Turn off the computer before going to bed
Just slamming your laptop closed isn’t enough. When you fully turn it off, it clears applications
and any extra info it stocked up throughout the day. So, it wakes up the next morning fresh and
energized and ready for a new start. 5. Hibernate rather than Sleep
If you’re choosing between the two, opt for hibernation mode. When your laptop is in sleep mode, it’s
still actively using its memory and draining the battery. Before going into hibernation, it saves the
current state of things and goes off completely. And it’s better if you activate that mode
before the battery is completely drained. 6. Clear the junk
When you free up your hard drive, you’re making the whole system more productive. The fuller the hard drive, the slower your
laptop is and the shorter your battery life. Make it a habit to get rid of junk and caches
every now and then. 7. Disable Spotlight search
It helps you find whatever you need in seconds, but to stay that great, it’s constantly
updating its search index. If you don’t need to use it all the time,
you can deactivate it in System Preferences to save some battery and turn it back on whenever
you want. 8. Keep it cool
When it’s too hot or too cold, your laptop can’t work as efficiently, so it wastes
energy. It does better in cooler air than the heat,
as long as it’s not freezing cold. As for the heat, your computer always needs
access to fresh air through the vents. If you’re holding it on your lap working
in bed, you’re blocking that cooling air. And don’t leave it in the car on a hot day,
in direct sunlight in the room, or near heaters. 9. Go incognito
When you’re browsing the Internet as yourself, you get a lot of auto-fill suggestions so
that you don’t have to type in your username and password for every site. But this function is using extra energy, so
going incognito or using a private window can help you save up some of it. 10. Don’t keep it plugged in all the time
Any laptop can handle a certain number of charge cycles in its lifetime, typically around
500. A cycle is completed when you go from 0 to
100%. When you go from 50% to 100, it counts as
a half cycle. The more cycles your battery has gone through,
the less efficient it becomes. The best you can do is keep it somewhere between
50 and 80%. You can, for example, charge it in the morning
and then unplug it for the rest of the day. 11. Plug it in before it goes off
It might sound like the opposite of the previous tip, but it only means you shouldn’t let
the battery drain completely. Plug it in when it has at least 20% charge
to avoid extra strain on the battery. By the way, are you one of those people who
mostly keep the laptop plugged in, or do you wait till the last moment to charge it? Let me know in the comments below, along with
any other of these no-no’s you’re guilty of! 12. Unplug any unused peripherals
USB sticks, an external hard drive, webcam, wireless mouse, external keyboard, and other
peripherals are all powered by your motherboard. Even when you aren’t using them, they take
away precious energy. So unplug them, and also mute your speakers
when you aren’t listening to music. And turn off that keyboard backlight if you
have it. 13. Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
These two are constantly looking for connection opportunities, and this curiosity costs you
a good deal of battery juice. If you don’t need connectivity at the moment,
just deactivate both. 14. Shut down the biggest power-eaters
Check what apps run in the background and consume the most power, even when you aren’t
using them. You can do it in the Users & Groups and Login
Items tab on your Mac. On a Windows laptop, type “see which apps
are affecting your battery life” into the Windows search bar. See if you really need them at all and if
not, delete them. And make sure you exit out of all apps you
aren’t using. 15. Turn off auto app updates
Change your settings to leave all the updates for when you’re plugged in. Larger apps have heavy updates, and installing
them while running on the battery will eat a huge chunk of it. 16. Turn off notifications
Your email and your social networking accounts love your attention, and they use notifications
to grab it. Even when you don’t have them open, your
laptop is refreshing data to keep you updated. You can change that in the settings and save
some extra battery for more important things. 17. Keep your OS up-to-date
Updates are designed to make your laptop more productive. The patches they include can fix bugs that
were the real battery drainers. Whenever you’re plugged into a power outlet,
update your system if there’s a chance. 18. Focus on one thing
When you have 20 tabs and cloud storage open, you’re editing photos, listening to music,
and running some more programs simultaneously, your laptop is really struggling. Its RAM (that’s random access memory) can’t
handle it, so it calls upon the hard disk for help. And that’s a big power drainer. To help yourself focus on just one thing,
get rid of the temptations by enabling airplane mode. It cuts off wireless connections as well as
stops background apps and processes. 19. Upgrade HDD to SSD
A solid-state drive runs on flash memory that takes less battery to function than a usual
hard drive. Plus, it makes your laptop faster – you’ll
use less time and battery doing your regular things compared to a computer running on HDD. Win-win! 20. Disable some graphics
Make sure only games and apps that really need super graphics, like photo and video
editing apps, can use a powerful graphics processor. You can disable graphics accelerators in energy-saving
settings. 21. Keep it clean
Remember that your laptop needs access to fresh circulating air? Well, keep those fans clean and dust-free. When they’re blocked, your computer heats
up in no time, and that becomes a real problem for the battery. 22. Use the original adapter
Even a small mismatch in wattage can overload and damage both the laptop and the battery. Go for the original adapter or pick the replacement
carefully. Check if all the specifications are correct
to avoid problems. 23. Monitor your battery’s health and replace
it when needed No battery is designed to last forever, and
you can check how long yours is still good for. That information is in the Power tab of the
System Information app on your Mac. A “Replace Now” or “Service Battery”
note is a call for action. You can also do it on a Windows laptop in
the Command Prompt window. 24. Carry a backup
An external battery pack will be your guarantee you won’t lose any important data or get
stuck without a laptop when you need it. Some computers have removable batteries or
let you add a second one. For others, you can just buy a universal laptop
battery with a choice of connectors. The external battery can feed the internal
one or power up the laptop itself. If you learned something new or helpful today,
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21 thoughts to “Open Window While Working on Laptop And 23 Little-Known Tips”

  1. Stopped at "Change your wallpaper"… this only works for OLED type of technology which I would guess is not even 1% of the Laptop market share…
    Please do a better research or at least explain each reason. There are some software tweaks that happens when a dark background is used, the backlight will slightly get darker but other than that, "changing your wallpaper" will not affect battery life in a meaningful way

  2. 3:03 wrongly assumes that all vents are under the laptop… vents are designed in all directions…. Gaming laptops usually have them at the back, Macbooks and certain ultrabooks have then in the hinge towards the display, Surface Pro and Books have them around the display (and near the hinge for the book with dGPU) other laptops might have vents at the bottom, left side and maybe even to the right…

  3. You sure you can let your laptop plugged in all the time?
    Say that to my mom. Each time she sees me with my laptop plugged in for 0.002 seconds, 😡 😤.

  4. I leave my laptop plugged in all the time. I have it on top of two 1×1 lathes that keeps it fairy cool. The battery I replaced last December lasted me since 2011, not bad since I use my laptop ALL DAY LONG!!

  5. make sure that when you subscribe to this channel, all notifications are turned off. It will save your battery a lot

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