• If your laptop has little autonomy, probably some apps are draining your battery
  • MacOS and Windows allow you to identify which applications are guilty of it
  • What are the steps to follow for each of these operating systems?

More than once we have talked about the applications that eat up the battery of your Android. However, this is not a problem that affects only mobile phones, far from it, and laptops also tend to suffer from it. If your laptop has little autonomy, or less than you would like or correspond to, some apps are probably draining your battery. The secret is knowing how to find out which programs are to blame for it.

In the end, it is useless to have a super powerful or extraordinarily versatile computer if its battery lasts only two hours. A good part of the usefulness of these devices lies in their ability to continue working without being plugged in. Unfortunately, there are not a few cases in which the autonomy drops shortly after buying them.

The reasons can be diverse, but one of the main reasons is the battery consumption of each application. Remember that many of them run in the background, consuming system resources without you noticing.

You can charge your laptop with an external battery and thus do without a classic recharge, but it is only a patch. Whenever you want to enjoy a good experience, you should check which apps are directly responsible.

What apps consume your battery in MacOS?

If you have a MacBook, regardless of version, there are several options for monitoring battery usage by app. You must click on the Battery icon in the menu barwhich will quickly show you which programs are “using a significant amount of power” at the moment.

Another alternative would be to open the Activity Monitor utility from the Finder or with a Spotlight search. Entering the Power tab, the processes that are running and consume the most battery will be listed. Basically, the ones that appear in the highest positions on the list are those that eat up your battery, MacOS referring to the “energy impact” of each application and how much it consumed in the last 12 hours.

That said, the battery is actually managed from another section, accessible from System Settings, Battery. You can see its performance over the past 24 hours. Also during the most recent 10 days and, in addition, at the top of the screen, you can configure when to activate the Low consumption mode according to the case. When charging, when using the battery, at any time or never are the possible choices.

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And what to do with conflicting apps?

If you have detected the applications that eat your battery and you want to eliminate them, a quick drag from the Applications window to the Trash on the dock or deleting them from the Applications folder will suffice, but you may not really be interested in getting rid of them. In those situations, there is not much to do.

The only recommendation in this regard is that you have updated both the operating system and the applications. The developers strive to make the software consume less resources, and that could increase your autonomy.

What apps consume your battery in Windows?

In Windows you have to open Settings, System, Power and battery, and then the Battery use section. You will immediately be able to consult the statistics of the last days, or even of the last 24 hours.

Windows incorporates graphics to illustrate battery drain and which apps are to blame. Eventually, you can sort the list by general usage or background usage. This is very important.

On the left side, there is a search box that you can use to search for specific programs. Since you will surely be suspicious of some applications, it is a way to find those responsible.

And what to do with conflicting apps?

There are no individual app-by-app settings for managing battery usage, but Windows does have some general ones available right on the screen. In Battery Saver you can set when this mode is activated automatically or activate it manually. Limits the resource consumption of background applications. Some of them may stop updating, but it is the price to pay for better autonomy.

If a program is significantly impacting your battery life and you can live without it or download a similar less resource-hungry alternative to offer something similar, you can remove it from your system and forget about it. Do it from Applications, Installed Applications in Settings and clicking on the Uninstall option.

What have you done with the guilty apps on your laptop with little autonomy? Have you removed them or not?

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