How to Use Power Throttling Feature in Windows 10

Power Throttling can be enabled for background running apps. It isn’t implied for desktop computers.  The basic role of power throttling is to enable you to get more out of your battery and to decrease power utilization when you’re low on battery power. You have full control over which applications are throttled.

Go to settings and then click on System. On the left-hand side, menu click on Battery.

On the top, it is showing current battery charge. Below on the current battery charge, there is option Battery Usage by Apps.

Click on Battery usage by Apps. Now you will see the list of installed apps on your laptop.

You can also notice that it is mentioned that Decide by Windows. That means windows already adjusted power throttling for those apps.

Click any app in this list you want to enable power throttling. Enable the “Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background’ option to enable power throttling for that app.

Uncheck this (Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background) option, and check the ‘Allow this app to run background tasks ‘option to disable power throttling for a particular app.

Power throttling in Windows 10 Fall Update has a link with apps that run tasks in the background. Not all applications can be throttled, for example, apps that run only in the background like Dropbox, OneDrive, Zoolz can’t be throttled. Apps that run exclusively in the foreground like Google Chrome Browser cannot be throttled.

Almost all default Windows 10 apps and app downloaded by Windows store can be throttled.

Power throttling has some hardware restrictions. At present, it only works on systems with an Intel 6th generation or higher processor. Windows team is working on adding support for more processors generations.

Power throttling pause apps that are working in the background if you have other more important apps running in the foreground.

It senses when your system’s resources are being pushed by the work you’re vigorously doing and it looks to decrease the strain by ending unnecessary processes.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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