How to enable Remaining Time Battery Life indicator in Windows 10?

April 23, 2020 |

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You may recall seeing the battery life in real time on earlier versions of Windows. Your laptop showed the estimated battery time remaining before you could recharge it again. All you needed to do was hover your mouse over the battery icon on your taskbar. However, as is the norm with every major Windows update, some features are added while others are removed, like the remaining battery time indicator.

So, what if ‘Remaining battery time’ is not showing in Windows 10? Is there a way to re-enable it? By default, Windows just shows the battery percentage with no estimate as to how long your battery will last. Luckily, you can bring it back by making a few simple tweaks.

Why Did Microsoft Remove the Battery Information?

Like we mentioned, the battery time was just an estimate. It’s affected by the current load on your PC and fluctuates dramatically when you’re connected to the internet, when multiple programs are running simultaneously, if you adjust screen brightness, and so on. Seeing as this was not reliable information, Microsoft decided to hide it and show the battery life in terms of percentage. The changes came with the release of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.

To re-enable the remaining battery time on your Windows 10 device, you’ll need to make a few changes to the Windows Registry.

Caution: The Registry is a crucial Windows OS component that ensures your PC is functioning properly. While this might seem like a simple hack, any mistake can render your PC inoperable. Therefore, before you proceed with this procedure, be sure to back up your registry and create a restore point just in case things go wrong. But if you keenly follow the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problem.

How to Display the Remaining Battery Time in Windows 10

  1. Launch Registry Editor. To do this, hit the Windows Key and type “regedit” (without quotes). Right-click “Registry Editor” from the results, and select “Run as administrator”. Alternatively, hit the Win + R keyboard shortcut, type in exe and click “OK”. In both cases, you must allow the Registry Editor to make changes to your PC.
  2. In the Registry Editor window, follow this path to open the “Power” folder:
    • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  3. Now, right-click on the “Power” folder in the left pane, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Assign the newly created DWORD the name EnergyEstimationEnabled. On most laptops running Windows 10, you should find this value already created. In that case, you don’t need to create another one.
  5. Double-click the new value and set “Value data:” as 1.
  6. Click “OK”.
  7. Next, using Step 4 above, create two more values and name them as EnergyEstimatedDisabled and UserBatteryDischargeEstimator. By default, the value data for these two new entries should be 0.
  8. Restart your Windows 10 device to apply the changes.

Now, when you hover your mouse over the battery icon in the system tray, Windows should display the remaining battery time.

If you no longer want to see the estimated remaining battery time option, open the Registry Editor and follow the same path as above to access the “Power” folder. Locate the EnergyEstimatedDisabled and UserBatteryDischargeEstimator entries, double-click on each one of them and change “Value data:” to 1. Double-click EnergyEstimationEnabled, and set “Value data:” as 0.

While the remaining time battery life indicator may just be an estimate, it helps Windows users know how many more hours they have left to keep working on their devices before recharging.

Resolve Stability Issues

Every once in a while, your Windows Registry might run into problems, which might cause stability issues. Registry errors are usually caused by poorly written software that leaves behind invalid entries and corrupt keys after being uninstalled. As a result, you may experience constant errors or crashes while using your PC.

That’s why you need to clean your registry regularly. Since tampering with the Windows Registry is highly risky, we recommend using an automated tool like Auslogics Registry Cleaner. This is a user-friendly tool that’s designed to remove redundant files that are left behind after uninstalling software from the Windows operating system.

The program has a simple user interface and shows you a detailed report of the registry entries that are causing problems. They are categorized into groups, such as “Installed Software”, “File Extensions”, “Desktop Shortcuts”, “Firewall”, and so on. You can view the details in each group and choose to remove all of them from your PC or exclude those that you may want to keep.

Auslogics Registry Cleaner supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, and you can choose “Scan only” or “Scan and Resolve” to resolve the issues automatically. The software also allows you to pause and resume the scan at any time. Once the tool completes cleaning the registry, it shows you how many items were scanned and how many issues were found and resolved.

Click on the “View detailed report” link to open a .html page showing all the details of the scan. This application resolves stability issues to ensure that your PC runs smoothly.

That’s how to enable ‘Remaining battery time’ in Windows 10. What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to hide the battery life estimate? Please share your thoughts by leaving your comments below.

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