How to enable 'Remaining Battery Time' for the HP Spectre x360 13 (Late-2016)

A few days ago, we published my in-depth review of the new HP Spectre x360 with the new redesign and Intel Kaby Lake CPU. One of my nitpicks was that the OS does not reveal the estimated remaining battery time in the taskbar.

As it turns out, you can now easily enable that feature through the system BIOS setting. Here is how it is done.

Latest firmware

Before we begin, it is imperative that you are on the latest firmware/BIOS from HP.

The Spectre x360 ships with BIOS version F04, but there have been a few updates since through the HP Support Assistant app. As such, you'll need at least BIOS version F10a or F11 to turn on remaining battery time as the option was not part of the earlier firmware.

HP Support Assistant with new driver and BIOS updates

To check for updates simply open HP Support Assistant (the question mark icon in the task bar) and have it check for updates. If your Spectre x360 is new, there are likely other drivers updates that will be downloaded as well.

Turn on remaining battery time

Enabling remaining battery time is very easy and will take less than a minute. Here is what to do.

  1. Restart the PC
  2. Rapidly hit the ESC key before the HP logo appears
  3. From the menu choose F10 BIOS Setup

  1. Use the right arrow key to tab over to System Configuration
  2. Choose Battery Remaining Time and hit Enter

  1. Select Enabled
  2. Hit F10 to save and exit BIOS

The Spectre x360 will then boot as normal. This time once Windows 10 boots up the remaining battery time will be available from the battery taskbar.

Note, however, that it will take some time for the estimate to calibrate and that it varies heavily depending on the immediate task. So, if you're playing a game, or the PC is coming out of an OS reboot the estimate will be quite short versus letting the computer idle at 1%.

Success! We now have a battery estimate on the Spectre x360 13

Success! We now have a battery estimate on the Spectre x360 13

There are some other options there too including default System Power Scheme e.g. Performance (default) versus Balanced. If battery life is more important to you enabling Balanced may get you some extra longevity.

Read my review of the HP Spectre x360

That's it! Now you'll have a rough estimate of your remaining battery life. If such battery micro-managing bothers you, you can always disable the feature and go back to the default percentage value.

Thanks to Marshall B. in comments for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Buy why they disabled 'Remaining Battery Time' for the laptop at the first place. Is there any catch or something?
  • because HP wants to become the next Packard Bell!
  • So it makes forgot to write that part,added later,cache stuck 😊 because there is no way that a partial download of an article would happen 😊
  • This is my first time seeing this article and all parts of the article are present. I have no idea what jibberish you're talking about
  • I still don't see it in the app, perhaps because I'm still on WP8.1 on my Lumia 920.
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  • Sorry US only :D
  • Just kidding
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  • Nothing for the old Spectre late 2015 edition I suppoose... The only brand which removes this feature from its bioses.
    The only reason to do that it's to avoid some customers take as reference the instant estimation of battery duration, then complaining with HP because the battery doesn't last.
    Sometimes this feature can be useful.
    Using Battery Bar doesn't help, because it's disabled in the battery firmware.
    You can force software estimation but it's very slow in refreshing and it's a proprietary estimation of battery bar.
    We should have it as a native feature of Windows. Oh's already a native feature. But not for HP customers.
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  • It would be nice if this worked for the previous version of the x360. My late 2015 model does not have this option and it's frustrating that HP thought it best to not include it in the first place, pretty much every other laptop I've ever used has had this enabled and leads to the question as to why it is disabled. (I've found the battery life on my x360 to be well below the 10 hours that have been reported just when web browsing)
  • Update: today I've updated my Spectre x360 2015 to the latest firmware, F45.
    I went in the bios and the Battery Remaining Time option is there.
    I enabled it.
    Actually if I left click on the battery icon in the OS I still not get the remaning time, BUT if you hover with your mouse the battery icon the hint show the remaining time.
    Perhaps it was disabled in the battery box window but not as hover hint!
    So HP enabled it on the 2015 model.
    I'll try with a fresh Windows 10 installation downloaded from MS website, because I think the original OS has this function disabled or removed partially.
    Hope it helps.
  • LOL. Love it. Thanks for caring about stuff like this, Dan, and writing about it :)
  • "Battery Remaining time" is not available in my BIOS and I have the latest one
  • Same here.