How to Enable Eco Mode for Apps on Windows 10


The tech giant Microsoft has started rolling out a few new updates, named as Sun Vallery update, as a part of high-quality life enhancements for the windows 10 beta users. Eco mode is one of those experimental features that will surely increase the performance of your device and will provide you a seamless experience while enjoying your device. The new feature is aimed at reducing battery consumption as well as the thermal throttling of the device.

According to the developers, Eco mode will limit the resource consumption from the CPU and help the apps run very smoothly especially in the lower-end laptops/pcs. The power users will now get all the access to their device’s resource consumption to set it according to their own way. All the thanks go to the Sustainable Software initiative of Microsoft for introducing such an amazing technology.

Reason behind the eco mode :

In our devices, there are many applications that are continuously consuming the system resources without any restriction even when the user doesn’t access them at all. So automatically the other important apps that are actively used by the users will be allocated fewer resources from the system, resulting in the poor service quality of those apps. On the other hand, this discrepancy may lead to increased thermal throttling and processor fan noise. For the laptops, the battery service may also be a victim of this software discrepancy.

Users are advised to check the task-manager tool to understand how much resources each of the apps in their device consumes CPU, memory, disk, etc. The developers want their users to set a limit for the resource consumption for any app in a custom manner to enhance the user experience. This will also help to minimize all the background activities in the device.

Functions of Eco mode :

Let’s discuss the Eco mode in a bit technical manner. So when a user turns the eco mode on for any app :

1) It generally gets treated as a low priority process

2)  It turns the QoS mode into EcoQoS mode.

The low priority process defines that the Eco mode enabled app remains idle while the user is working on a particular app. EcoQoS mode would help to limit power consumption. Better to explain, the processor will run in a low-frequency mode for power saving that would lead to a better thermal footprint for the CPU.

It keeps the CPU from the heavy workload of background tasks while helping it to access the foreground tasks run smoothly. A recent observation shows that the UI responsiveness of a system has been improved up to 4X times by enabling the Eco mode which is almost equivalent to 76%.

How to enable Eco mode :

Now it’s not a hard to do job to turn the Eco mode on. Let me give you step-by-step instructions on the matter –

  1. In the search bar of windows 10, write “Task Manager” and tap on the same.
  2. Immediately after the task manager is open, tap on the “Processes” tab from the top.
  3. Now make right-click on any app or any child process for which you want the Eco mode to be on.
  4. Now tap on “Eco mode” and then click on “Turn on Eco mode”. Tada!! You are done.

In the status column for that particular process, you will find the tag of Eco mode. Sometimes you may find the Eco mode tag has been greyed out. It means it’s a parent process. You can expand that parent process and apply Eco mode on each of its child processes as well.


Although it is still under test. So we can expect more improvements as well as innovations from Microsoft in the later time.

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