How To Use Windows 11 Efficiency Mode To Control Power Hungry Apps

Microsoft Windows 11 allows the user to limit the number of resources being used by power-hungry PC apps. This means each program can be reigned in gently without resorting to shutting it down entirely or restarting the computer to free up memory. Giving control of this process is a big step forward when so many things are being automated without regard to the user's choice.

Nearly every computer and even mobile devices have some sort of efficiency mode. For example, for smartphones like the iPhone and Android, 'Low Power' and 'Battery Saver' modes reduce performance, limit background internet activity and lower screen brightness to extend battery life. Laptops typically have a similar capability, and in Windows 11, there is a 'Battery saver' option as well, which is carried over from Windows 10. This is very useful and can be set to switch on automatically when the battery level gets low.

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Microsoft added a feature to the Windows 11 Task Manager that allows the user to extend battery life, free up memory and CPU cycles by putting certain apps into 'Efficiency Mode.' Previously, the only option was to set 'Power Mode' to 'Best power efficiency,' which affects every app in a way quite similar to how 'Battery saver' works. To put an app into 'Efficiency Mode,' open the Windows 11 Task Manager with a key combination of control, shift and escape or by searching for the app. In Task Manager, active apps and background processes are shown in a table, along with the percentage of resources each is using. Next, right-click any app process and choose 'Efficiency Mode' to limit its power usage.

When 'Efficiency Mode' is enabled on an app or background process, its priority is set to low, which means it won't interfere with other apps and processes with a standard or higher priority settings. In addition, quality of Service (QoS) is set to EcoQoS, which uses the most efficient processors to run the task and might lower clock speed. Making these changes to resource-intensive apps can improve the computer's responsiveness by at least 14-percent and as much as 76-percent in Microsoft's testing across various common scenarios.

Microsoft Edge has an efficiency mode option as part of the app itself, and it is accessible from the 'Performance Settings.' When the heart icon is seen in the browser toolbar, that indicates Edge's efficiency mode is active, usually appearing when a laptop is unplugged from power and running on battery. By making this part of the Edge browser, users can control the affected websites separately by using the "Never put these tabs to sleep section in the Performance Settings.' That means it's best to manage the efficiency settings for Edge in the browser but for other apps with the Windows 11 Task Manager.

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Source: Microsoft



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