Sometimes even the simplest and the most reliable stuff just spots working at all regardless of operating system or device you prefer. Imagine the situation: you work with your laptop or tablet and want to check the battery level or charging status. You hover your mouse cursor over to the notification area, but you see everything but not the battery level icon. The battery icon is missing on laptop. How to bring back disappeared battery icon? Good news to everyone: this bug is not severe, and you can get rid of it quite easily. It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with your laptop’s battery. Most of the time it is just a mere software bug.
If the battery icon is missing on Windows 10 laptop, the first thing you need to do is reboot the computer. Yes, you always should start troubleshooting your PC from the restart. Many problems or bugs disappear after a simple restart. If you still can’t find battery icon on Windows 10, then it is time to check some settings inside the OS.
Battery level icon, just like any other icon in the notification area, could be hidden or shown depending on user preference. Even if you did not hide it, battery icon could disappear because of system UI bug or crash. Here is how to bring it back.
- Press Win + I and navigate to the Personalization > Taskbar. Scroll a little bit down, press Turn system icons on or off.
- Locate the Power toggle and check whether it is turned on. If it is not, turn it on. This is actually the reason why the battery icon is missing Windows 10.
- Return back to the Taskbar personalization settings and now press Select which icons appear on the taskbar link.
- Scroll the list on the screen and turn on Power toggle. Items turned off in this list are automatically hidden on the taskbar and you can access them by pressing arrow up at the left side of the first icon on the taskbar.
Now the battery icon should be back where it should be. If that did not work, try following:
Open File Explorer and afterward open Task Manager. Locate Windows Explorer in the list, left-click it and press Restart at the bottom right corner. Task Manager will tell the system to restart the shell and UI and get the missing battery icon back.
There is one more guide you should try if nothing above worked. Missing battery icon on Windows 10 may be the reason of power adapter bug. Resetting power adapter should do the job. Do note though that your profile should have the Administrator rights. If it doesn’t, Windows will ask you to enter the Administrator password.
- Press Win + R and enter devmgmt.msc command. You can also press Win + X and select Device Manager.
- Locate Batteries list and expand it. There should be at least two entries: Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
- Right-click both and select Disable device.
- Next, click Action > Scan for hardware changes.
- Restart your laptop and make sure battery icon is enabled in the taskbar settings, just as described in the first part of the article.
The last option you need to try if the battery icon is still missing is update your BIOS and chipset driver. BIOS manages battery controller and battery controller reports battery status to the operating system. Head to the laptop manufacturer website and check whether there are BIOS and chipset driver updates available to your device.