If you are currently using Windows 11 on a laptop or Surface device but don’t have a battery icon in the taskbar. This article will guide you through several different troubleshooting steps you can use to restore the battery icon to the Windows 11 taskbar.
The battery icon plays a crucial role on the Windows taskbar and is a vital element that keeps informed about the device's battery status. It serves as a concise visual indicator, effortlessly displaying the remaining battery charge and a rough estimate of the amount of time remaining before it goes flat. However, when the battery icon vanishes from the taskbar, things get super annoying.
For 99% of users, the missing batter icon issue will usually come from an official Windows update. There seems to be a bug that keeps popping up and causing this problem. Fortunately, there are several solutions to address the issue of a missing battery icon. The only problem is that you will more than likely have to work through several different solutions before you finally come to the one that works.
Install the latest Windows 11 update to fix the missing Taskbar battery icon.
To begin, the first thing you need to do is check for any Windows updates. If Microsoft has accidentally introduced a bug to the Windows Taskbar that is causing this problem, there’s a good chance an update is going to fix it. To manually check for updates on Windows 11 do the following.
- Open Settings by pressing Windows key + I, then go to Windows Updates at the bottom of the screen and click Check for updates.
- If any updates are available Windows will download and install them automatically. Once they are completed, check to see if Windows Hello is working correctly.
Uninstall the last Windows 11 update to fix the missing Taskbar battery icon.
If nothing so far has worked, you can try uninstalling the last update. It may have introduced the problem to Windows Hello and removing the update could fix the problem. If you aren’t sure how to uninstall an update on Windows 11 check out the guide below.
How to uninstall a bad Windows 11 update. Rollback a Windows 11 update.
Repair Corrupted System Files
If an update hasn’t caused the problem you can use the SFC and DISM tools from Command Prompt to solve this problem. Use Command Prompt commands to repair system file corruption:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Use the following command and press Enter:
- Reboot your system.
- If SFC returned an error, then use the following command lines, pressing Enter after each:
Change Taskbar Settings to restore the Taskbar Battery icon.
- Open the Taskbar Settings window by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Taskbar Settings.
- In the Taskbar settings, scroll down and click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar under the Notification area section.
- Locate the Power option in the list and check if the button next to it is turned on or off.
- If the button is turned off, toggle it on by clicking on the switch to enable the Power option.
- Once the Power option is enabled, the battery icon should appear on the taskbar.
Run the Power Troubleshooter on Windows 11
- Open the Windows Start Menu.
- Click on Settings to access the settings menu.
- In the Settings menu, select Update & Security.
- Scroll down and click on Troubleshoot.
- Look for the Power option and select it.
- Click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
- The troubleshooter will start running and attempt to resolve any issues related to power.
- Once the troubleshooter finishes, check if it has resolved the issue you were facing with the battery icon.
Restart Windows Explorer (Temporary solution)
- Right-click on a blank area of your Taskbar.
- From the context menu, select Task Manager.
- In the Task Manager window, navigate to the Processes tab.
- Scroll down and locate the Windows Explorer process.
- Right-click on the Windows Explorer process.
- From the options that appear, click on Restart.
- Close the Task Manager window.
- Restart your computer.
Restart or Reinstall Battery Drivers
- Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard to open the quick access menu.
- From the pop-up menu, select Device Manager.
- In the Device Manager window, locate and double-click on the Batteries option to expand it.
- You should see two options: Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
- Right-click on each adapter and select Disable device.
- After disabling both adapters, right-click on each adapter again and select Enable device.
- Restart your PC.
- Check if the battery icon appears in your system tray after the restart.
- If re-enabling the battery driver does not work, try reinstalling the battery drivers.
- Right-click on each adapter and select Uninstall device.
- After uninstalling the drivers, click on the Scan for Hardware changes icon in the Device Manager menu.
- Restart your PC, and the system will automatically reinstall the battery adapters.