Fix: Windows 10 low battery notification not working
The Windows 10 low battery notification popup informs you that a laptop‘s battery is running out and needs charging. However, that notification doesn’t always work. Is the low battery alert not popping up before your laptop‘s or notebook’s battery runs out? This is how you can fix a battery notification that isn’t working in Windows 10.
Battery notification won’t work on PC [FIX]
- Switch the Battery Notification on
- Configure the Low Battery Level
- Configure the Critical Battery Action Settings
- Restore the Power Plan Settings to Default
- Replace Your Laptop’s Battery
- Add an Alternative Battery Notification to Windows
1. Switch the Battery Notification on
Windows includes a couple of low battery notification settings. Switching those settings on, if they’re off, will probably restore the notification in Windows 10. This is how you can switch the low battery alert on.
- Press the Cortana button on the taskbar to open that app.
- Enter ‘Control Panel‘ in Cortana’s search box.
- Select to open the Control Panel in the snapshot directly below.
- Click Power Options to open the tab shown directly below.
- Click Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings to open the window below.
- Double-click Battery to expand its settings.
- Click the + beside Low battery notification to expand the options shown directly below.
- If the On battery and Plugged in options are off, select On from their drop-down menus.
- Press the Apply button to confirm the new settings.
- Click OK to close the window.
2. Configure the Low Battery Level
If the notification still isn’t popping up, check the battery level settings. Those options adjust the percentage charge required for the notification to pop up. Raise the battery level percentages to about 25% if they’re below 10%. You can adjust those settings as follows.
- Open the Power Options window again (which includes the battery notification settings).
- Click Battery > Low battery level as in the snapshot below.
- Select On battery and enter ’25’ in its text box.
- Enter ’25’ in the Plugged in the text box.
- Press the Apply and OK buttons.
3. Configure the Critical Battery Action Settings
You might also need to configure the critical battery action settings. Click Battery > Critical battery action to expand its options as in the snapshot directly below. Click On battery and select Shut down on its drop-down menu. Press the Apply button to apply the new settings.
4. Restore the Power Plan Settings to Default
Restoring the power plan settings to their default configurations can also resolve the battery notification issue. This resolution requires you to adjust all three power plan settings separately. You can restore the default settings by selecting Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance on the drop-down menu at the top of the Power Options window. Press the Restore plan defaults button, and click the Yes option to confirm.
5. Replace Your Laptop’s Battery
If you have an older laptop or notebook, the low battery notification alert might not need fixing. Your laptop’s battery might have deteriorated considerably. If that is the case, the PC might go off with the battery at the 20-30 percent level when unplugged. Thus, the PC shuts down before its battery has dropped to the required percentage charge for the notification to pop up.
You can replace user-serviceable batteries yourself. Slide the latch at the bottom of the laptop to remove the battery. Those without a user-serviceable battery can get in touch with the laptop‘s manufacturer to request a replacement one.
6. Add an Alternative Battery Notification to Windows
You don’t really need to fix the Windows 10 battery notifications as there are alternatives. A few third-party programs provide alternative battery level alerts and alarms, such as BatteryBar Pro and Battery Alarm. You can also set up a script in Notepad, or other text editors, that opens a notification window when the charge has dropped below a specified percentage. This is how you can set up a new low battery alert for Windows.
- Press the Cortana button, and enter ‘Notepad’ in the search box.
- Click Notepad to open the text editor.
- Now copy the script code below with the Ctrl + C hotkey.
- set oLocator = CreateObject(“WbemScripting.SWbemLocator”)
set oServices = oLocator.ConnectServer(“.”,”rootwmi”)
set oResults = oServices.ExecQuery(“select * from batteryfullchargedcapacity”)
for each oResult in oResults
iFull = oResult.FullChargedCapacity
set oResults = oServices.ExecQuery(“select * from batterystatus”)
for each oResult in oResults
iRemaining = oResult.RemainingCapacitynext
iPercent = ((iRemaining / iFull) * 100) mod 100
if iRemaining and (iPercent < 20) Then msgbox “Battery is at ” & iPercent & “%”,vbInformation, “Battery monitor”wscript.sleep 30000 ‘ 5 minuteswend
- Paste that code in Notepad by pressing the Ctrl + V hotkey.
- Click File > Save As in Notepad.
- Select All Files from the Save as type drop-down menu.
- Enter ‘battery.vbs’ in the File name text box.
- Select to save the file to the desktop.
- Press the Save button.
- Now the desktop will include a battery.vbs script on it. Right-click the script and select Open to run it.
The window alert shown below will now open when your laptop’s battery drops below 20 percent. The notification also has an additional audio effect. You can adjust when the window opens by editing the iPercent < 20 value in the script. For example, the notification will pop up at 24 percent with the iPercent value at 25.
So, if you can’t fix the low battery notification in Windows, you can always replace it with something else. However, adjusting the battery settings in Windows will usually fix the notification. Finally, if you have anything to add or take, feel free to do so in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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