Apps Optimize Video Playback when on Battery in Windows 11


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Some apps use the video platform that's built into Windows 11. These include Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that come with Windows 11, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu).

For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 11. For example, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware) or choose to play video at a lower resolution to help save network bandwidth.

When watching movies and videos on battery power, you can select to optimize video playback for battery life or video quality.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to optimize video playback when on battery for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Optimize Video Playback when on Battery in Settings
  • Option Two: Optimize Video Playback when on Battery using REG file




Option One

Optimize Video Playback when on Battery in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Apps on the left side, and click/tap on Video playback on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Video playback settings

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3 Do step 4 (quality) or step 5 (battery life) below for what you want.

4 Optimize Video Playback for Video Quality

A) Select Optimize for video quality in the Battery options drop menu. (see screenshot below)​

B) Go to step 6 below.​

Video_playback_Settings-2.png

5 Optimize Video Playback for Battery Life

A) Select Optimize for battery life in the Battery options drop menu. (see screenshot below)​

B) Check or uncheck Don't automatically process video when on battery for what you want.​

Don't automatically process video when on battery is only available if you turned on Process video automatically to enhance it (depends on your device hardware).


C) Check or uncheck Play video at a lower resolution when on battery for what you want.​

Play video at a lower resolution when on battery is only available if your turned off Save network bandwidth by playing at a lower resolution.


D) Go to step 6 below.​

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Optimize Video Playback when on Battery using REG file


1 Do step 2 (quality) or step 3 (battery life) below for what you want.

2 Optimize Video Playback for Video Quality

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Optimize_for_video_quailty_when_on_battery.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings]
"VideoQualityOnBattery"=dword:00000001

3 Optimize Video Playback for Battery Life

A) Click/tap on the Download button you want below to download the REG file you want to use below, and go to step 4 below.​

 Check "Don't automatically process video when on battery" and Check "Play video at a lower resolution when on battery"

Optimize_for_battery_life_CHECK-dont_auto_process-CHECK-low_resolution.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings]
"AllowLowResolution"=dword:00000000
"DecreaseResolutionOnBattery"=dword:00000001
"DisableOtherEnhancementsOnBattery"=dword:00000001
"EnableAutoEnhanceDuringPlayback"=dword:00000001
"VideoQualityOnBattery"=dword:00000000


 Check "Don't automatically process video when on battery" and Uncheck "Play video at a lower resolution when on battery"

Optimize_for_battery_life_CHECK-dont_auto_process-UNCHECK-low_resolution.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings]
"AllowLowResolution"=dword:00000000
"DecreaseResolutionOnBattery"=dword:00000000
"DisableOtherEnhancementsOnBattery"=dword:00000001
"EnableAutoEnhanceDuringPlayback"=dword:00000001
"VideoQualityOnBattery"=dword:00000000


 Uncheck "Don't automatically process video when on battery" and Check "Play video at a lower resolution when on battery"

Optimize_for_battery_life_UNCHECK-dont_auto_process-CHECK-low_resolution.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings]
"AllowLowResolution"=dword:00000000
"DecreaseResolutionOnBattery"=dword:00000001
"DisableOtherEnhancementsOnBattery"=dword:00000000
"EnableAutoEnhanceDuringPlayback"=dword:00000001
"VideoQualityOnBattery"=dword:00000000


 Uncheck "Don't automatically process video when on battery" and Uncheck "Play video at a lower resolution when on battery"

Optimize_for_battery_life_UNCHECK-dont_auto_process-UNCHECK-low_resolution.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings]
"AllowLowResolution"=dword:00000000
"DecreaseResolutionOnBattery"=dword:00000000
"DisableOtherEnhancementsOnBattery"=dword:00000000
"EnableAutoEnhanceDuringPlayback"=dword:00000001
"VideoQualityOnBattery"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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