Windows 11 battery drain issue still being investigated months later

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Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest operating system for desktops and laptops. It brings several improvements such as redesigned start menu, modified taskbar and some innovative game features.

But some issues also negatively impact user experience. For example, we pointed out how the new operating system caused frequent task manager crashes in the Performance tab.

Windows 11 battery drain problem

Many users (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) reported an issue where Windows 11 drains the battery at a remarkably higher rate in sleep mode as well as in hibernate mode.

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Since this update, the battery drains much faster. I noticed that the battery had dropped to about 45% after only 1.5 hours of use!!! Anyone else experiencing this?
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It’s already been more than 5 months and many #Windows11 versions are released with new features and fixes, but this battery drain issue is still not solved. A lot of people are going back to #Windows10 because of this.
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My battery was draining within hours on Windows 11. I’m happy to switch back to Windows 10
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According to reports, users experience severe battery drain in a very short time. There are also instances where Windows 11 drains the battery faster in sleep mode than it actually does while using the laptop.

A potential reason for this could be Windows’ ability to wake up the PC/laptop to automatically install various updates and perform maintenance even during off-peak hours.

Users have tried to enable battery optimization settings on their laptops but to no avail. Even alternatives like disabling Hibernation, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi don’t seem to fix the problem.

For this reason, many users are now reverting to Windows 10 in order to fix battery issues.

Official recognition and potential workarounds

Luckily, the development team revealed that they are working on the Windows 11 battery drain issue.

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In the meantime, affected users can disable the “Allow this device to wake up the computer” option as a temporary solution.

If you have any connected devices, make sure that “Allow this device to wake the computer” is not enabled in their properties. Mice are really bad at this because they like to wake the computer from sleep mode if they detect movement.
If not, go to your power settings, additional power settings change plan settings, change advanced power settings, sleep, then turn off “Allow wake timers”.
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Windows Developers also shared a link listing a number of steps that may help resolve the issue.

If the steps mentioned above do not work, users can simply select their own active hours where they manually enter off hours.

We hope that the team will come up with a definitive solution as soon as possible. We’ll be keeping an eye out for further development and updating this space accordingly, so be sure to stay tuned.

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