In the past many of us have used a trick to save battery life in a laptop has been to disable the automatic search for wireless networks through a specific switch that many computers incorporate.
In retrospect, not everyone has a piece of state-of-the-art equipment or has the opportunity to buy one. If you have an old computer, which does not incorporate the option to disable Wi-Fi, below you can find how can you save battery by disabling the automatic search for wireless networks.
By default Windows 10 is configured to continually search for Wi-Fi networks to connect to. This process runs in the background, can consume a large amount of battery if we are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, so the best we can do is change the configuration from automatic to manual.
After changing the configuration from automatic to manual, our equipment will only search for Wi-Fi networks when we click on the icon that represents it. To do this, you must follow the steps that are shown below.
Steps to disable automatic wireless network search in Windows
- Go to Windows Services by typing “services.msc” in Cortana’s search box without quotes and hitting Enter.
- Now look for the WLAN AutoConfig option and click twice to access its properties.
- Then, in the section service status, click on Stop.
- Finally, to change the search mode from Automatic to Manual, in the Startup type section, click on the drop-down arrow and select Manual. For the changes to take effect, click on Apply and OK.
- And finally, Restart your windows.
Now your laptop or PC will not search for an automatic wireless network.