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Turn On or Off HDR on Battery in Windows 11

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

Playing HDR content while running your laptop on battery can reduce battery life. Therefore, HDR will turn off by default when you’re running on battery.

If HDR is turned on when your laptop is plugged in and then you unplug your laptop, HDR will be turned off to help save battery power. If you plug in your laptop again, HDR will be turned on again automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off HDR when running on battery for your account in Windows 11.

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Generate Battery Report in Windows 11

You can generate a battery report to see battery usage and health characteristics over the lifetime of the system.

A battery report will include:

  • System details
  • Details on installed batteries
  • Recent usage
  • Battery usage
  • Usage history
  • Battery capacity history
  • Battery life estimates

This tutorial will show you how to generate a detailed battery usage report in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check Battery Usage per App in Windows 11

You can check battery usage per app to see which apps might be using more battery in the background.

Some apps let you manage background activity. If you find that an app is using a lot of battery when running in the background, you can change the Let this app run in the background setting for apps that allow it.

This tutorial will show you how to check battery usage per app for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Battery Saver in Windows 11

The battery saver feature helps conserve power when a system is running on battery. When battery saver is on, some Windows features are disabled or behave differently. Using battery saver is the easiest way to extend battery life.

Battery saver will turn on automatically when your battery falls below 20% by default.

Display brightness is automatically reduced to 30% by default when using battery saver. You can turn on or off this Lower screen brightness when using battery saver setting.

Battery saver can only be turned on while your PC is running on battery power.

Battery saver is turned off automatically while your PC is plugged in.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off battery saver for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Play HDR Content when on Battery in Windows 10

With Windows HD Color in Windows 10, you get the most of out your high dynamic range (HDR) TV or PC display. When you connect your HDR10-capable TV or display to a Windows 10 PC that supports HDR and wide color gamut (WCG), you’ll get a brighter, more vibrant, and more detailed picture compared to a standard dynamic range (SDR) display.

The Microsoft Store contains a growing number of HDR apps and games. To find HDR games, visit the Microsoft Store online. To watch HDR movies and videos from online providers, you might need to change a few settings to get set up. To play HDR games and use HDR apps, your PC and display must meet certain hardware requirements.

If you have a laptop with an HDR-capable built-in display, there are additional power-related settings for HDR because these displays use more power than non-HDR displays. If you’re running your laptop on battery, playing HDR content can reduce battery life. Therefore, HDR is turned off by default when running on battery. However, you can change the default power setting if you want.

If HDR is turned on when your laptop is plugged in and then you unplug your laptop, HDR will be turned off to help save battery power. If you plug in your laptop again, HDR will be turned on again automatically.

On HDR-capable laptops, the default power settings will turn off HDR when running on battery power. Allowing HDR when running on battery power will reduce battery life.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off playing high dynamic range (HDR) content on a built-in HDR display when running on battery power for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Check Android Phone Battery Level in Your Phone app on Windows 10 PC

After you link your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC, you can use the Your Phone app on the PC to view and send text messages, get notifications, mirror phone screen, and more from your Android phone on your PC.

Starting in Your Phone app version 1.19082.1006.0 and higher, you can also check the battery level of your Android phone in the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC to see the percentage of remaining battery life.

This tutorial will show you how to check the percentage of remaining battery life of your Android phone in the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Enable or Disable Battery Life Estimated Time Remaining in Windows 10

The Power icon on the taskbar notification area is your battery level indicator for your Windows 10 device (ex: tablet or laptop).

When you hover over the Power (battery) icon, you will only see a percentage of battery life remaining by default.

When you click/tap on the Power (battery) icon, you will see a percentage of battery life remaining, a link to Battery settings, and a Battery saver action button to toggle on and off.

If you like, you can enable to see the battery life estimated time remaining shown in hours and minutes along with the percentage. The estimated battery life remaining time is calculated and made in real-time, so it can fluctuate wildly.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the battery life estimated time remaining for the Power icon on the taskbar for all users in Windows 10.

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