Creators Update hides battery life icon in Surface Pro 4

Edward Hudson By: Edward Hudson
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If you’ve recently upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update on the Surface Pro 4, chances are that you may no longer be seeing the battery life icon anymore. One user shared their experience:

I installed the Creators Update the day before yesterday and since then my Surface no longer shows how long I can go without charging in the battery flyout tab. Only when I hover over the battery icon with a mouse (not finger) [will it] display the remaining battery life time (in the old tooltip style.)

As of this writing, Microsoft has yet to push out a fix to the issue. It is also not clear why the icon is missing, at least in the Surface Pro 4. Still, one user questioned the importance of the battery life icon over at the Microsoft Community page. The argument is that Microsoft removed it because the amount of time displayed is misleading. The user explained:

The percentage number would be correct but checking the battery status one minute would say 5 hours 27 minutes left and then check it again in about 10 minutes and it would say 7 hours 41 minutes left.

The text has vanished from my current Insiders Build on my Pro 3 and also on my Asus T102 which is running the current, standard version of Windows 10.

On the Asus, it got even weirder.  That tablet can do 12 hours per charge and at one time it displayed 9 hours left and just a minute later, it said 13 hours 15 minutes left. Doesn’t sound reliable to me.

Are you using the Surface Pro 4? Have you upgraded to the Creators Update on this device? Did you have the same problem? Let us know in the comment section below.

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