While you can still check the battery time remaining on Windows 11, you’ll need to know where to look. Here’s how.
If you’re running your laptop on battery power, you’re going to want to keep an eye on the time remaining on your battery.
On earlier versions of Windows, you could hover the mouse over the system clock and see the estimated battery time available to you. Unfortunately, this was removed this feature from Windows 11 because Microsoft thought the time being shown wasn’t entirely accurate. The time left if you’re playing a game is different from the time left if you’re using a web browser, for example.
You’ll only see the percentage of battery remaining on Windows 11, but you can still check the battery time remaining on Windows 11 using the Settings app, along with other battery details. Here’s how.
How to Check Battery Time Remaining on Windows 11
Before you try and track down the battery time remaining on a Windows 11 PC, you’ll need to consider the downside—it’s just an estimate. As we’ve mentioned, the time can vary significantly based on the apps running, your screen brightness, any connected devices, and more.
To check the estimated amount of time remaining on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Launch the Start menu and open Settings or use Windows key + I to launch Settings directly.
- When Settings opens, click on System from the list on the left.
- On the right, click Power & battery.
- At the top of the Power & battery menu, you’ll see Estimated time remaining under the percentage figure. That’s the same information that would pop up when hovering the mouse over the clock in earlier versions.
- A more straightforward way to view this information is to right-click the battery icon in the taskbar and select Power and sleep settings.
Check Screen On Time and Other Details on Windows 11
While you’re in the Power & battery section, you can also check other battery details. This will give an overview of your battery usage and can help you decide which apps you’re running the most—and which apps to cut down on using to save your battery.
To view more detailed battery information on Windows 11, use the following steps:
- Open Settings > System > Battery & power and click the View detailed info link above the Battery levels graph.
- The Battery usage section will expand, and you can see battery levels from the last 24 hours. Click the dropdown menu and select Last 7 days to get more details.
- Under the graph, you’ll see the daily average for screen time (screen on), screen time off, and the length of time your laptop has been in sleep mode.
- Scroll down a bit further, and you can see the battery usage per app. If you want to know about a particular app and see its impact on battery life, type its name in the search field to find it.
Configuring Battery Settings on Windows 11
The Settings app on Windows 11 provides some good details about your battery life. Having to open Settings each time to check battery time isn’t convenient, but at least you know where to look.
If you’re not quite making it a full day on one charge, check out ways to improve battery life on Windows 11. You might also want to look at managing Windows 11 Sleep settings or managing auto brightness for your display.
If you’re not on Windows 11 yet, take a look at getting more battery life on Windows 10.