Power mode: Change based on AC or Battery
Power mode in the
Power section feels a bit useless and cumbersome. I think users should be able to set the power mode for different power states. When on AC it makes sense to prefer "Balanced Power" and when on battery it makes sense to prefer "Power saver". Currently you can still do that, but you have to do it manually. Not only is it inconvenient to do that, you also have to open
Gnome Settings then go to the
Power section and then change the mode.
In Windows you can set the power mode for when on AC and when on Battery. You can also change it ad-hoc when clicking on the battery icon. It is therefore much more convenient to change on Windows than on Gnome. And because it is automatic in Windows, you actually use it.
There should be a separate
Power mode for both AC and Battery.
Ideally you could also change it when clicking on the battery drop down when clicking in the upper right corner - similar to on Windows.
How it is right now
- Go to
The problem with it is that you have to do this manually every time you want to change it. Most often when connected to AC (Plugged in), with a laptop, you want to maximize the performance, since it does not affect the battery. However, when you are off the grid and not connected to AC, you might want to maximize battery life.
Not only is it inconvenient to have to change it manually on the fly. You are also required to open
Gnome Settings and go through the whole process each time it has to be changed.
How it should be
- Go to
- Select Power mode for when on:
- AC (Plugged in)
Gnome then has to change the state automatically whenever the laptop changes from being connected to AC (Plugged in) or running on battery power. What it should switch to is up to the user in
Instead of having to always find the setting in
Gnome Settings, then it should also be quickly accessible in the drop down menu in the upper right corner.
How it is currently
How this should be
I have no drawing, but two buttons above the
Power settings button should be available, so that it shows up with these three items (With a dot for the currently selected (similar to having multiple wired connections)):
- Balanced Power
- Power Saver
- Power settings
So when clicking the battery icon (Where it says "Fully charged") in the drop down menu, you would get the list of items shown above.
The one distinct thing between selecting the
Power mode in the drop down menu and in the
Gnome Settings, should be that the
Power mode in the drop down does not save the state for the next time. This means that if you are on battery and have
Power save set in
Gnome Settings, but select
Balanced Power in the drop down, it is only changed until the next time you are on battery.
Power mode therefore acts as the state to automatically switch to every time the power state changes from AC to battery or battery to AC.
The drop down menu
Power mode should only override it until the next time the power state changes.