Extend battery life

Find the balance between getting the most out of your tablet while getting the battery life you need. There are steps you can take to save power on your tablet.

To save power:

Charge wisely

Always charge the battery fully.

Select only the sounds that you need

Mute unnecessary sounds, such as key press sounds.

Use wired headphones

Use wired headphones, rather than the speakerphone.

Set the tablet screen to switch off after a short time

Swipe in from the right of the screen, and tap charm settings iconSettings > Change PC settings > PC and devices > Power and sleep, and under Sleep, select the length of time you want.

Set the tablet to adjust the screen brightness manually

Swipe in from the right of the screen, and tap charm settings iconSettings > Change PC settings > PC and devices > Power and sleep. Switch Adjust my screen brightness automatically to Offtoggle off icon.

Lower the screen brightness

In the apps menu, tap Control Panel > Hardware and Sound. Under Power Options, tap Adjust screen brightness > Change plan settings, and select the level you want. To save the changes, tap Save changes.

Use network connections selectively

  • Set your tablet to check for new mail less frequently. Tap mail iconMail, swipe in from the right of the screen, and tap charm settings iconSettings > Accounts. For each account, change the setting for Download new email.

  • Switch Bluetooth on only when needed.

  • Turn NFC on only when needed. To switch NFC off, swipe in from the right of the screen, tap charm settings iconSettings > Change PC settings > Network > Airplane mode, and switch NFC to Offtoggle off icon.

  • Use a Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet, rather than a mobile data connection.

  • Stop your tablet scanning for available wireless networks. Swipe in from the right of the screen, and tap charm settings iconSettings > Change PC settings > Network > Airplane mode. Then switch Wi-Fi to Offtoggle off icon.

  • If you're listening to music or otherwise using your tablet, but don't want to connect to the network, swipe in from the right of the screen, tap charm settings iconSettings > Change PC settings > Network > Airplane mode, and switch Airplane mode to Ontoggle on icon.