Daily Archives: May 9, 2017

How To Fix Maximum Screen Brightness Battery Error In Windows Defender Health Report

The Windows Defender Security Center in the Creators Update  gives you a health report for your system. It tells you if your system is low on storage space, if you have pending updates that need to be installed, or if your system is configured to tax your battery. Windows Defender has a system tray icon which shows you a yellow exclamation mark when something is wrong in the health report. Most problems in the health report are easy to fix except the maximum screen brightness battery error. The Windows Defender health report constantly says ‘the screen brightness on this device is currently set at maximum. This can impact your battery life’. It doesn’t matter if your brightness is not at maximum. The health report still shows this as a problem. Here’s how to fix it.

The health report gives you a blanket report on your entire system. It isn’t accompanied by any additional information. If we’re being honest, the error messages aren’t that helpful. What this particular error means is that one of your power plan settings has brightness turned up to maximum.

Reduce Screen Brightness

If you’re on a laptop, make sure it’s plugged in. Reduce the screen brightness to 50%. Next, unplug your laptop so that it’s running on battery. Again, reduce the screen brightness to 50%.

How To Reset Data Usage On Windows 10

Windows 10 runs on tablets, desktops, and laptops. Windows 10 tablets are limited to just the Surface line at present but the OS has features that are useful for tablet owners. Desktop users have access to these features too, even though they’re less likely to need or use them. Windows 10 shows you detailed data usage on a per-app basis. You can see which apps consumed how much data on WiFi or Ethernet. The Settings app shows data consumption for the past 30 days on both WiFi and on Ethernet. It also shows you data consumption by individual apps installed on your system. The only downside is, there’s no way to reset data usage. If you use a tablet, this total will not help manage your data plan. Here’s how you can reset data usage on Windows 10.

Reset Data Usage On Windows 10

There is no native way to reset data usage on Windows 10. Perhaps there is a registry entry you can modify to reset the data consumption figures but that’s the long way to do it. A much easier way is to use an app called Reset Data Usage. It’s a portable utility that requires one click to reset your data usage stats. It will reset both the WiFi and Ethernet stats.

Download the app and run the correct version for your system. The zipped file contains both a 32-bit and 64-bit version. Run the app and click the ‘Reset Data Usage’ button. If you want to check out what the current data usage stats are, you can click the ‘Data Usage’ button to open the Settings app and view them.

Once you reset the stats, there’s no way to recover them.

View Data Usage In Windows 10

If you want to know how you can view data usage stats without going through the app, it’s pretty simple. Open the Settings app. Go to the Network & Internet group of settings. Select the Data Usage tab. You can see how much total data was consumed by all your apps.

Click ‘View usage details’ to see how much data was consumed by each individual app on your system.

When you reset these stats with the app, this list will disappear. You won’t be able to view data usage stats for apps until you use them. It’s a pretty good way to check out which apps constantly use the internet even when they aren’t open. For example, after purging my data stats, they filled up again immediately because I was using Chrome which is normal. What isn’t normal is that Netflix had also consumed about 2MB of data even though I wasn’t watching it.

How To Share And Scan Spotify QR Codes For Tracks And Radio Stations

Music streaming services let you share tracks, playlists,  and now playing with friends. You can share what you’re listening to privately or publicly on social media. Most services, especially those that involve media have a robust sharing system in place. Spotify is no different. You can share the current song you’re listening to on social media or share a link to it via any messaging app. The only problem with this sharing method is that it forces you to use an intermediary app to share songs. You have to leave the Spotify app. Spotify has fixed that little problem. Spotify now has QR  codes for sharing the current song and/or radio or playlist. You can share and scan Spotify QR codes from inside the app. Here’s how.

Share A QR Code

Make sure the Spotify app is up to date. Open the app and play a song, or a radio station. Tap the overflow button to go to the track’s options. You will see the usual ‘Save’ and ‘Add to playlist’ options. The QR code is incorporated in the bar under the album art for the track. You basically have to show this screen to a fellow Spotify user so they can scan it.

For a radio station, tap the radio station so that you’re on its home screen. Tap the overflow button at the top right. Again, the QR code is in the bar under the album art for the radio station. Show it to your friend so they can scan it.

You can get a QR code for all playlists in much the same way. QR codes aren’t limited to the playlists that Spotify generates. You can get a QR code for a custom playlist.

Scan Spotify QR Codes

Open the Spotify app and go to the Search tab. At the top, next to the search bar, is a camera button. Tap it to launch the app’s built-in QR code scanner. The app will need permission to access your camera. Point the camera towards a QR code and it will scan it. You will be taken to the track or radio station where you can play it.

When you scan Spotify QR codes, you have the option to save the song or playlist it points to, or play it right away. The song or the radio doesn’t start to play right away. If you scan the QR code for a song, Spotify will show you the entire album the song is from and give you the option to download it.