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How to Allow Apps to Send Notifications in Battery Saver Mode in Windows 10

Want to have the best of both worlds? Learn how to allow apps to send notifications while on battery power in Windows 10.

Battery Saver in Windows 10 can help you squeeze the maximum amount of time out of your battery before reaching for your power brick. It does this by paring back nonessential features and tweaking how apps behave in the background. The downside to this is that, by default, battery saver mode may disable notifications that are crucial to your day-to-day life.  Fortunately, you can fine-tune your Windows 10 settings to still receive notifications from certain apps while using Battery Saver.

Choose Which Apps Send Notifications on Battery Power in Windows 10

If you want to continue receiving notifications while using Windows 10’s battery saver feature you can. By default, battery saver automatically disables background tasks that are prone to depleting battery life such as fetching new mail, wallpaper slideshow themes, and notifications. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Open Start > Settings > System > Battery and click Battery usage by app.

Click on the Show list box then choose All apps.

The options you see will vary from app to app. The most common way to ensure an app can send you notifications without restriction is to select it then uncheck: Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background.

For some apps, you might have to check Allow the app to run background tasks.

As you can see, you have to make these modifications on an app by app basis.  And that’s how it should be.  You don’t necessarily want to have all apps sending you notifications whenever they feel like it. But for your most crucial apps like Mail and Messenger, this can be a reasonable trade-off.

If you want to learn more about managing battery life in Windows 10, check out our previous article for tips that can help. Also, take a look at our other article for generating reports about the health of your battery.


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