How to fix Microsoft Edge battery drain on Windows 11

Xiaobai Software  2022-06-05 18: 42  read 128 views

Microsoft Edge The browser of choice for many of us, it continues to compete with Chrome for the title of most popular browser.However, like Chrome, Edge has many of the flaws that Chromium-based browsers have.For example, Microsoft forums have a lot of complaints about the Edge browser's high battery usage.

If you have the same problem on your Windows 11 laptop, don't worry.We'll help you fix high battery drain when using Edge on Windows 11.


What causesMicrosoft EdgeHigh battery drain on Windows 11?

Microsoft Edge can drain your battery faster for a variety of reasons.Some of them are:

1. You have too many tabs open in Edge browser.

2. You have hardware acceleration enabled when using Edge.

3. You are running an outdated version of Edge that contains bugs.

4. Edge has permission to run background extensions and apps even after you close it.

Now, you know why Edge drains your laptop battery faster.Here are fixes you can try to prevent Edge from draining high battery power.

1. Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is a nice feature that uses your GPU for graphics-intensive tasks, but there is a downside to using this feature.Earlier, the Edge only used the CPU, so it consumed less power.But if you enable hardware acceleration, it will offload graphics tasks to the GPU.

Running two power-hungry pieces of hardware for web browsing consumes more battery.So if you're using a laptop and need to extend battery runtime, disable hardware acceleration.

To disable hardware acceleration in Edge, follow these steps:

1. Open Edge, navigate to the three-dot button in the upper right corner and tap it.

2. Tap the Settings option in the context menu.


3. Now, scroll down in the left menu and click on System and Performance option.

4. Find the "Use hardware acceleration when available" option under the "System" option.


5. If it is active, tap the toggle key to disable it.

6. Edge will prompt you to restart the browser.Once restarted, you should notice that Edge is draining less battery power than usual.

2. Remove unnecessary extensions

If you have a lot of active extensions in Edge, they can cause excessive battery drain.Every extension requires system resources to run when you open your browser.You need to be picky and keep only those you need often.Remove all remaining from Edge.

To remove an extension in Edge, follow these steps:

1. Open Edge and tap the three-dot button in the upper right corner to display the context menu.

2. Find and click the "Extensions" option in the menu.

3. Then, click Manage Extensions, which will take you to the Extensions page.

4. Scroll down to find the extension you rarely use or don't need at all.

5. For extensions you use less often, click the toggle button next to them to disable them.

6. To permanently delete an extension, click the delete option below it.Then, click the Delete button in the pop-up window.


Edge will now consume less system resources and battery power.

3. Disable background apps and extensions

Edge can continue to run background apps and extensions even after you close it.This setting is enabled by default in the Edge browser.

You can disable this feature if you don't use any specific extensions or apps that should be running in the background 24/7.Doing so will close all Edge background processes and save your battery.

To disable background apps and extensions, repeat the following steps:

1. Launch the Edge browser and click the three-dot button in the upper right corner to open the context menu.

2. Click Settings and select System and Performance options from the left menu.

3. Go to the System section.Find the option "Continue running background extensions and apps when Microsoft Edge is closed".


4. If the switcher is active, click it to disable it.Restart Edge.

Now, Edge won't run anything in the background after you close it.

4. Enable Sleep Tab

It's common behavior to have multiple tabs open and forget about them while you're working.However, each tab consumes system resources when opened.Even if you don't use these tags, they continue to drain battery power.

Fortunately, Microsoft has introduced a new feature for Edge called "sleep tabs."This handy tool puts unused tabs to sleep, reducing their impact on your system resources.So even if you forget to turn them off, they end up "going to sleep" for a set amount of time.

To enable sleep tabs in Edge, follow these steps:

1. Open the Edge browser and click the three-dot button in the upper right corner to open the context menu.

2. Navigate to System > System and Performance.

3. Scroll down to the Optimize Performance section.Tap the toggle key to enable the "Use sleep tab to save resources" feature.

4. Go to the "Put inactive tabs to sleep after a specified amount of time" option.

5. Use the drop-down box to select the time interval you want Edge to go to sleep.

6. Also, enable the Fade out sleep tab option.

7. Edge will now put all open but unused tabs to sleep, after a time interval of your liking.

5. Use Productivity Mode in Edge

Edge has an efficiency mode feature that optimizes its CPU usage.Therefore, you can use this feature to extend the battery life of your laptop.

Efficiency mode puts the tab to sleep after five minutes of inactivity.However, you'll notice that videos and animations don't appear as smooth when using this mode.

To enable efficiency mode in Edge, follow these steps:

1. Launch the Edge browser and click the three-dot button in the upper right corner to open the context menu.

2. Navigate to System > System and Performance.

3. Go to the Optimize performance section and find the option when efficiency mode is turned on.

4. Click the drop-down box to select your preferred option.Since you're using a portable machine, choosing the "unplugged" option is best.


5. You can even choose the "Always" option to force Edge to always consume less resources.But it can ruin your browsing experience, so choose wisely.

6. Repair Edge

There may be a problem with the current version of Edge installed on your system.Repair Edge can recover lost/corrupted files without erasing your browsing data.

To fix Edge, follow these steps:

1. Press Win + I to launch the Settings app.

2. Navigate to Apps > Installed Apps and scroll down to find Edge.

3. Click the three dots to select the "Modify" option.

4. UAC will pop up.Click "Yes" and then click the "Repair" button.


5. The setup will re-download Edge and then install it.Click the Close button after the repair is complete.

6. If the old/problematic version is causing excessive battery drain, repairing Edge will fix the problem.

7. Run the Power Troubleshooter

You can use the Windows troubleshooter to find the cause of excessive battery drain. Windows 11 has a dedicated troubleshooter for each component, and each troubleshooter uses diagnostic data to suggest and apply fixes to your problem.

To run the Power Troubleshooter, repeat the following steps:

1. Press the Win key+I to launch the Settings application.

2. Navigate to System > Troubleshooting > Additional Troubleshooters.

3. Scroll down and find Power Troubleshooter.

4. Click the "Run" button to start the troubleshooter.

5. Allow it to scan for problems.Once done, it will apply the necessary fixes to save power.

6. Click the Close button to exit the troubleshooter window.

Save battery life when using Edge

Edge is one of the top browsers you can use today.You can try the fixes above to minimize battery drain while using Edge.Additionally, Edge now offers built-in features like sleep tabs to save battery usage.

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