Windows 10 will soon throttle background apps to save your battery life


You can also adjust battery usage for each app, from Settings System Battery and clicking "Battery usage by app", Bill Karagounis, Microsoft's director of program management for the Windows Insider Program and OS fundamentals, wrote in a blog post. Slide it all the way to the right, for maximum performance, and Power Throttling will be disabled.

Task Manager shows which processes are Power throttledMicrosoft announced that starting with Build 16176 of Windows 10, the operating system will throttle the background tasks using the most efficient operating modes of modern processors.

According to Karagounis, Microsoft had experimented with adding Power Throttling to the Windows 10 Creators Update back in build 15002, which at the time was the biggest Windows 10 Insider Preview build yet.

Microsoft claims to be seeing reductions in CPU power consumption for some of the most strenuous use cases by as much as 11% through early testing of this tool. When used in conjunction with an Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake processor-and only those processors, for the moment-the system will classify certain applications as being "background work".

The power throttling feature is in addition to the battery saver feature that arrived in Windows 10 in 2015.

All other applications and programs may be throttled to decrease the device's power consumption.

The technology throttles depending on whether or not it believes an app is running "important" tasks. For instance, if you are compiling an app in Visual Studio, the detection system will likely be able to identify that and it will allocate more resources to it so that the compilation takes less time. You can disable it for certain apps out-of-the-box.

Power Throttling is created to work with apps out of the box, Microsoft officials said, but developers can and may do some fine tuning with some new programming interfaces that Microsoft will provide in upcoming test builds.

More importantly, the company is also allowing users to choose how much they want the Power Throttling feature to affect their desktop experience.

Next, remove the checkmark in Reduce work app does when in background as well.