18 Jan How to Prioritize Apps When Your Chromebook Battery is Dying
Don’t let a low battery on a Chromebook stop you from getting work done on the go. Find out which applications are draining the most power, so you can prioritize and stay on track.
Computers are one of mankind’s greatest inventions, but there is one hurdle we have yet to overcome: the dying battery. Panic sets in when you see that fully juiced battery indicator on your Chromebook start to go dark, and you scramble to finish writing an essay or responding to pressing emails. While you can’t stop a battery from running its natural course, you can try to slow down the drain by closing the programs that exhaust the most power.
The Chrome OS developer channel allows you to access a list of power usage percentages, but you must be the owner to switch modes. However, changing to the developer channel removes any data saved in local storage, so make sure you back up your files if necessary. To make the switch, login into the owner Google account. Select Settings > About Chrome OS > More Info. Select Change Channel, and pick the the developer mode.
To view the power usage stats, open the Settings menu, and select Battery. Each Web application is listed with a percentage, and the most burdensome programs are at the top. While applications like the Google browser may use minimal power, running multiple low-power applications can quickly add up. Regardless of their usage stats, close any programs you aren’t using continuously, and try to open them only when necessary.
You can also use the Task Manager to check for high memory usage, or squeeze out some extra battery life by lowering the screen brightness and disabling Bluetooth. If you’re working offline, turn off Wi-Fi.
Fortunately, the Web-centric nature of Chromebooks makes them ideal for energy conservation, so you can probably get through a large chunk of the day on a single charge. This quick tip won’t stop your Chromebook from inevitably running out of battery life, but you can stretch that last half hour as much as possible to finish your tasks on your own terms.
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