Avast Battery Saver - Getting Started

Avast Battery Saver is a tool designed to extend the battery life of your PC by reducing internal and external power demands. You can switch between battery saver profiles depending on your need to either extend battery life or maximize system performance. You can also create a personalized custom profile to reflect your exact requirements and preferences.

This article provides instructions and recommendations for first-time users of Avast Battery Saver, and describes how to navigate the user interface to immediately get started extending the life of your battery.

This article assumes that Avast Battery Saver is already installed and activated on your PC. For detailed installation and activation instructions, refer to the articles below:

Open Avast Battery Saver

To access the Avast Battery Saver user interface, use one of the following methods:

  • Double-click the Avast Battery Saver icon on your Windows desktop.
  • Right-click the Avast Battery Saver system tray icon on your Windows taskbar, and select Avast Battery Saver.

The Avast Battery Saver user interface is now open.

Avast Battery Saver dashboard

On the Avast Battery Saver dashboard you can view information about the current status of your battery, select a battery saver profile, and manage basic settings.

  1. Battery Capacity and status: displays the remaining battery life percentage and battery status:
    • Plugged in: your PC is plugged in and fully charged.
    • Charging...: your PC is plugged in and not fully charged.
    • If your PC is unplugged, the time remaining on your battery is displayed.
  2. Battery saver profiles: choose from three battery saver profiles:
    • Off: Avast Battery Saver takes no action to extend your PC's battery life. Your PC operates according to your currently configured Windows settings.
    • Custom: optimizes battery life according to your personalized custom mode settings.
    • Maximum: prioritizes battery life over performance. Settings are preconfigured to adjust your PC's processing speed and display settings to maximize battery life.
  3. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Brightness: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings correspond to your current Windows settings. Brightness changes according to the selected battery saver profile.

Manage battery saver profiles

Each battery saver profile is a configuration of settings that manage how your PC uses power.

When you enable the Custom profile, Avast Battery Saver optimizes battery life according to your custom mode settings. This is useful if you want to increase battery life without applying all settings included in the Maximum profile.

Before you can enable the Custom profile, you must first configure your custom mode settings by clicking Settings on the Custom profile tile. Refer to the custom mode settings section below for detailed instructions.

Enable the Custom profile

  • Click the Custom profile tile so that the circle changes to green (enabled).
If the Custom profile is enabled and you unplug your PC, the Maximum profile enables automatically. Similarly when you plug in your PC, the Off profile enables automatically. To change these settings, refer to Modify general settings ▸ Battery Saver.

Profile tile display

When the Custom profile is enabled, the following information is displayed on the profile tile:

  • When your PC is unplugged, the Custom profile tile displays the amount of time remaining on your battery.
  • When your PC is charging, the Custom profile tile displays the amount of time until your battery is fully charged.
  • After you initially configure custom mode settings, the Settings button on the Custom profile tile changes to a Gear icon in the top-right corner of the tile.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Brightness

By default, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings correspond to your current Windows settings and Brightness is set to 70%. However, you can adjust these settings at the bottom of the dashboard or on the custom mode settings screen:

  • Click the slider above Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so that it changes to gray (OFF) or green (ON) respectively.
  • Use the slider to adjust the level of display Brightness.

Custom mode settings

Before you can enable the Custom profile, you must first adjust the Custom mode settings. Any change to these settings allows you to enable the Custom profile from the Avast Battery Saver dashboard.

Access the Custom mode settings screen

  1. To access Custom mode settings for the first time, click Settings on the profile tile. After initial configuration, click (the gear icon) on the Custom profile tile for quick access to Custom mode settings, or go to MenuSettingsCustom mode.
  2. Ensure the Custom mode tab is selected in the left panel. Select either Screen and display, or Hardware and devices to access the following settings:

Screen and display

  • Screen brightness: (set to 70% by default) use the drop-down menu to adjust screen brightness. Reducing brightness can drastically reduce power consumption.
  • Adaptive backlight: use the drop-down menu to change the behavior of your PC's backlight. Adaptive backlight works by dimming the backlight of your PC while enhancing the image, resulting in the same perceived brightness.
  • Adaptive brightness: (enabled by default) adjusts screen brightness automatically according to your surrounding light conditions. To disable Adaptive brightness, click the slider so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).
  • Turn off display after: use the drop-down menu to specify the time frame after which your PC's display turns off due to inactivity.
  • Desktop background settings (Slideshow): (disabled by default) when set to gray (OFF), it effectively "pauses your slideshow" to prevent unnecessary power consumption. To enable, click the slider so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON). When enabled, your slideshow will continue to run.

Hardware and devices

  • Processor performance: use the drop-down menu to determine how processor performance is prioritized.
    • Maximum savings: reduces power consumption by lowering CPU clock frequency and voltage for maximum power savings. This option may affect the speed of operations, depending on other hardware and desired use.
    • Balanced: ensures tasks meet performance requirements and maximizes power savings when those resources are not needed.
    • Maximum performance: prioritizes processor performance by taking no action to conserve power.
  • Put the PC to Sleep after: use the drop-down menu to specify the time frame after which your PC goes to sleep. Sleep is a power-saving mode which moves your open documents and programs to memory and allows you to quickly resume operation of your PC.
  • Turn hard disk off after: use the drop-down menu to specify the time frame after which the hard disk drive turns off due to inactivity.
  • Hibernate the PC after: use the drop-down menu to specify the time frame after which your PC goes into Hibernation mode. Hibernation is a power-saving mode that moves your open documents and programs to the hard disk and turns off your PC when not in use for an extended period of time.
  • Wireless Adapter Settings: use the drop-down menu to determine how performance and power savings are managed when you are connected to a wireless network.
    • Maximum savings: prioritizes power savings by limiting your wireless adapter's communication with other devices.
    • Balanced: balances between performance and power savings based on network traffic.
    • Maximum performance: prioritizes performance by taking no action.
  • Wi-Fi connection: use the drop-down menu to determine the behavior of your Wi-Fi connection.
  • Bluetooth connection: use the drop-down menu to determine the behavior of your Bluetooth connection.

When you enable the Maximum profile, Avast Battery Saver prioritizes battery life over performance. System settings for the Maximum profile are preconfigured and cannot be changed.

Enable the Maximum profile

  • Click the Maximum profile tile so that the circle changes to green (enabled).
If you open Avast Battery Saver and your PC is unplugged, the Maximum profile enables automatically. To change this setting, refer to Modify general settings ▸ Battery Saver.

Profile tile display

When the Maximum profile is enabled, the following information is displayed on the profile tile:

  • When your PC is unplugged, the Maximum profile tile displays the amount of time remaining on your battery.
  • When your PC is charging, the Maximum profile tile displays the amount of time until your battery is fully charged.
  • Additionally, the Maximum profile tile displays the amount of time added to your battery by using the Maximum profile.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Brightness

By default, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings correspond to your current Windows settings and Brightness is set to 70%. However, you can adjust these settings at the bottom of the dashboard:

  • Click the slider above Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so that it changes to gray (OFF) or green (ON) respectively.
  • Use the slider to adjust the level of display Brightness.

When you enable the Off profile, Avast Battery Saver takes no action to extend your PC's battery life. Your PC operates according to your currently configured Windows settings.

Enable the Off profile

  • Click the Off profile tile so that the circle changes to red.
If the Off profile is enabled and you unplug your PC, the Maximum profile enables automatically. To change this setting, refer to Modify general settings ▸ Battery Saver.

Profile tile display

When the Off profile is enabled, the following information is displayed on the profile tile:

  • When your PC is unplugged, the Off profile tile displays the amount of time remaining on your battery.
  • When your PC is charging, the Off profile tile displays the amount of time until your battery is fully charged.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Brightness

By default, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Brightness settings correspond to your current Windows settings. However, you can adjust these settings at the bottom of the dashboard:

  • Click the slider above Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so that it changes to gray (OFF) or green (ON) respectively.
  • Use the slider to adjust the level of display Brightness.

Modify general settings

General settings such as language, notifications, and privacy, are applied to the Avast Battery Saver application as a whole. For instructions relating to settings for the Custom profile, refer to Custom mode settings.

Access the general settings screen

  1. Go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure the General tab is selected in the left panel. Select the tabs to access the following settings:

Battery Saver

  • Turn ON Battery Saver when PC is unplugged: (enabled by default) untick the box to prevent Avast Battery Saver from turning on automatically when you unplug your PC, or use the drop-down menu to specify which profile activates when you unplug your PC.
  • Turn OFF Battery Saver when PC plugged in power: (enabled by default) untick the box to prevent Avast Battery Saver from turning off automatically when your PC is plugged-in.

Language

  • Use the drop-down menu to select your preferred language.

Notifications

  • Battery saver is now ON: (enabled by default) untick the box to disable notifications about when Avast Battery Saver is ON.
  • Turn on Battery Saver: (enabled by default) untick the box to disable notifications prompting you to turn on Avast Battery Saver.

Personal privacy

  • Allow usage data to be shared with 3rd parties for analytics: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want your usage data shared with 3rd parties.
  • Show offers for our other products: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want to see offers for other Avast products.
  • Show offers for 3rd-party products: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want to see offers for 3rd-party products.
  • Help improve our other apps by sending usage data to Avast: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want your usage data sent to Avast.

System tray icon

  • Show at Windows startup: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want the Avast Battery Saver system tray icon to appear at startup.

Troubleshooting

  • Send Logs To Avast: click this button to send app logs to Avast if you experience problems with Avast Battery Saver.
  • Enable debug logging: (enabled by default) untick the box if you do not want Avast Battery Saver to record any crashes or problems with the application.

Further recommendations

For more information about Avast Battery Saver, refer to the article below:

  • Avast Battery Saver 19.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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