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This Is The Worst Mistake You Can Make When You Get The Low Battery Alert On Your Laptop

May 29, 2019 by Lisa Fogarty
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Your laptop has a built-in alert that’s beyond functional: it gives you a head’s up anytime your device is about to drop below a certain battery percentage.

The low battery alert can save you from the shock of your laptop suddenly dying on you, which can result in you losing your work, or at least having to stop important work just when you’re on a roll because now you’ll have to charge your computer back awake.

But many users don’t take advantage of this alert and what it can do for them. This is the worst mistake you can make when you get the low battery alert on your laptop.

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The one thing you should never do when you get the low battery alert is to ignore it.


But let’s say you’re the kind of busy person who isn’t happy tp stop everything you’re doing to go around searching for a charger. You’re in luck: your laptop can be programmed to take care of things for you — if you know how to set it up.

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You can manually set two battery levels for notifications and action.


Setting a low battery level means that as soon as your laptop battery dips down to a certain percentage (which you can set), that little low battery alert pops up.


When you receive a low battery alert, your laptop can be set up to immediately take one of the following actions, according to Techsupportall:


It can do nothing, sleep, hibernate, or completely shut down.

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You can also set up your laptop to deliver a second level of warning called critical battery level. This is the last alert you’ll receive (typically set up for 10 percent or even lower) that serves as your last warning to take care of your laptop before it shuts down on you.

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The actions that you can set up for critical battery level are sleep, hibernate, or shutdown — you can’t set up your laptop to “do nothing” (though you can always turn these alerts off when you get them).

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These built-in functions are only useful if you know how to set them up.


It used to be easier to adjust these settings, but Windows 10 has made things a bit more complicated.


Here’s how you can manually adjust your low battery and critical battery level warnings.

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First, click on the Start button and click on settings. Click on systems.


Click on “Power & Sleep” from the left-side pane.


Click on “Additional power settings” from the right-side pane.


Click on “Change plan settings.”


Click on “Change advanced power settings.”


Now you’ll see options for changing the battery percentage for low battery level and critical battery level, as well as selecting actions that your laptop can take when your laptop reaches these points.


Setting up your laptop to take care of low battery problems is a totally convenient way to manage your device without having to stop what you’re doing every time you get a low battery alert.

 

Author:

Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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