- While working on our laptops, we check the battery icon multiple times a day to make sure we have enough to get us through the end of it.
- If the battery icon is missing, enable it in the taskbar. Our guide also includes some steps to perform in case that doesn't work and you need to dig deeper.
- Any other icons missing? Check out the Window 10 Desktop Icons section for similar troubleshooters.
- We don't like security issues or a slow computer. That's why there's a Windows 10 Troubleshooting Hub filled with helpful articles that resolve these kinds of problems.
A lot of users have reported the battery icon missing from the taskbar in Windows 10. This is especially true after upgrading from an older version of Windows. In this article, I’m going to show you a few things to try to get the battery icon back in its place.
Here are some more examples of this issue:
- Battery icon greyed out Windows 10 – This is a very similar issue, and you can apply most of these solutions to it, as well.
- Battery icon missing Windows 7 – This also happens on laptops running Windows 7, and most of the following solutions are still valid.
- Battery percentage missing Windows 10 – Another common problem, that can be solved with the solutions listed below.
- Lenovo battery gauge not showing Windows 10 – This problem is more common on Lenovo laptops than on other manufacturers’ machines.
- Windows 10 battery icon locked – Another usual problem with laptops running Windows 10.
How can I restore the missing battery icon in Windows 10?
- Enable battery icon
- Scan for hardware changes
- Run the SFC scan
- Restart Windows Explorer
- Run Hardware Troubleshooter
- Run DISM
- Update Windows
- Perform driver updates
- Update BIOS
- Disable and re-enable hardware in Device Manager
1 – Enable battery icon
Windows 10 gives us the option to choose which icons are displayed in the taskbar and even the option to fully disable them. Access this feature by opening the Settings window from the Start menu and selecting the System section. Now from the left side menu select Notifications & actions.
The first thing to check is that the Power icon is enabled. To do so click on Turn system icons on or off and make sure Power is enabled.
Next, make sure that the battery icon is set to be shown in the taskbar. For this go back to the previous window and click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar. Look for the Power icon and enable it.
2 – Scan for hardware changes
- Go to Search, type control panel in the Search bar, and open Control Panel.
- Go to Hardware and Sound > Add a device.
- Wait for the wizard to find your battery.
- Restart your computer.
If you’ve recently replaced your laptop battery, there’s a chance your OS still hasn’t acknowledged it. So, it’s advisable to quickly scan for hardware changes, and let your system recognize the new battery.
In case you’re not sure how to do that, follow the instructions presented earlier above.
3 – Run the SFC scan
- Go to Search, type cmd, and open Command Prompt as Administrator.
- Type in the following command, and press Enter: sfc/scannow
- Wait for the process to finish (it can be lengthy).
- Restart your computer.
If none of the previous solutions managed to get the job done, we’re going to try with some troubleshooting solutions. And the first one in line is the SFC scanner.
The SFC scanner is a built-in troubleshooting tool that’s designed to deal with various system-related issues. And it might be helpful in our case, as well. The steps above show you how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10.
4 – Restart Windows Explorer
- Right-click the Start Menu, and go to Task Manager.
- Scroll down and find the Windows Explorer process.
- Click the Windows Explorer process, and go to Restart.
- Restart your computer.
Another solution that some users reported as potentially helpful is restarting the Windows Explorer. It’s fairly easy to restart the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, and if you’re not sure how just follow the instructions above.
5 – Run Hardware Troubleshooter
- Go to Settings > Update & Security.
- Head over to the Troubleshoot tab.
- Scroll down and click Hardware & Devices.
- Now, click Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow further on-screen instructions and wait for the wizard to finish tweaking your computer.
- Restart your computer.
If you’re running Windows 10 Spring Creators Update or later, you have the unified troubleshooting option for resolving various hardware and system issues. See how to run the troubleshooter above.
6 – Run DISM
- Type cmd in Search, right-click on the Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
- In the command line, copy-paste these lines one by one and press Enter after each:
- Wait until the procedure ends (it might take up to 10 minutes).
- Restart your PC.
And finally, if none of the previously-mentioned troubleshooters managed to get the job done, we’re going to run one last troubleshooting tool. That tool is DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management). DISM is similar to the SFC scan but is more powerful. So, there’s a chance this troubleshooter will actually resolve the problem.
7 – Update Windows
Microsoft is continuously working on improving Windows 10 and these improvements are delivered as updates through the Windows Update feature. These updates can contain security fixes, performance improvements, and bug fixes and are the first place to look for repairing Windows issues.
To install the latest Windows 10 updates open the Start menu and select Settings. Head over to the Update & security section and click on the Check for updates button.
After Windows Update finishes downloading and installing updates reboot your machine to make sure that the new settings are applied.
8 – Update drivers
Most Windows 10 users have upgraded from earlier versions like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. What this means is that they might be still using drivers designed for the older versions and need to be updated. Windows Update does a good job of delivering the latest generic drivers but sometimes it isn’t enough.
To check for the latest drivers available for your machine go to the manufacturers’ website. Access the Support or Download section, and select your computer’s model number. One of the most important drivers to look for is the one for the chipset.
Update drivers manually
If you don’t want the hassle of updating drivers manually, we strongly suggest doing it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide on how to do it:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater.
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver’s name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps. You will have to hit the Update button several times until all of its components are installed.
9 – Update BIOS
The BIOS is an essential part of your computer making possible the communication between the operating system and the hardware components. Manufacturers publish BIOS updates with fixes and improvements the same way Microsoft does with Windows.
In order to check the BIOS version currently installed on your machine, you’ll have to press the Windows/Microsoft + R keys. This will bring up the Run window.
Here you’ll have to type msinfo32 and then press the Enter key or click OK. You’ll then be greeted with the System Information window. In the right pane, look for the BIOS Version/Date row and make a note of its value.
Now all you have to do is head over to the manufacturers’ support website. Look for your machine model and check for the latest BIOS version available. If the version listed on the website is newer than the one currently installed, it is advised that you apply the update. You’ll usually find instructions for this process on the same page.
Please follow the instructions exactly as the manufacturer lists them. Updating the BIOS is a delicate process and can cause problems if it isn’t done right.
10 – Disable and re-enable hardware in Device Manager
Another thing to try is disabling and re-enabling the battery hardware and ACPI component. This is a fix that solved the missing battery icon problem for a lot of Windows 10 users.
Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager. You can also do a search for Device Manager and open it from there. Now expand the Batteries section, right-click on Microsoft AC Adapter, and select Disable. Repeat the process for Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
After disabling both, you’ll have to re-enable them. To do so right-click again on each one and select Enable. If this was the cause of your problem the battery icon should appear immediately.
Sometimes this isn’t enough and you’ll have to uninstall and re-install them. For this, you’ll have to right-click on each one and select Uninstall. After they have been uninstalled, right-click on your computer’s name at the top of the list and select Scan for hardware changes. This will force Windows to detect the hardware components and install them back.
That’s about it. I certainly hope at least one of these solutions helped to resolve the problem with the missing battery indicator in Windows 10.
If you have any additional comments, questions, or suggestions, just write them down in the comments below.
FAQ: Learn more about battery icon missing Windows 10
- Why did my battery icon disappear on my laptop?
The icon disappears because of a change in the Windows settings. This could happen after an update or after installing software. You can restore the icon by following these steps.
- Why is my battery icon grayed out?
Because Windows is unable to detect the battery correctly, you cannot interact with the battery icon. Go to Device Manager and scan for hardware changes, perform a reboot, and fix system files. Also, check with the manufacturer for a BIOS update that might fix this bug.
- Why does Windows 10 think my desktop is a laptop?
In case your desktop is USB-connected to a UPS then Windows will detect the battery and display the battery icon. Check Device Manager, under the Batteries section and see what it detects.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.