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Battery Saving on Ubuntu and Linux Mint – TLP GUI

TLP is a great power manager for notebook users and today we are going to teach how to install a graphical interface for it, TLPUI.

Many who use notebooks have an endless war (seriously, no pun intended =)) trying to save as much battery life as possible so they can use the notebook longer. The tool we will use is called TLP.

  Battery Saving on Ubuntu and Linux Mint - TLP GUI

The TLP text-line tool allows you to control kernel modules and adjust device consumption individually and very detailed, however, as with any application you will use via terminal, some technical knowledge is required, which can be dramatically reduced with its interface.

An interface for TLP

In Windows it is less common to happen, but in the Linux world the software and the interface to it are not necessarily the same thing, it is possible to use, in some cases, several different interfaces to the same software.

It's the TLPUI It is a graphical interface for TLP and allows you to manage TLP in a simpler and easier way. We made a very complete article explaining how TLP works.

Both TLP and its interface are distributed to Ubuntu and Linux Mint via a PPA repository, and as you may know, it is possible to add PPAs without using the terminal, however, for versatility purposes we will use it here in this tutorial.

Installing TLP

First let's install TLP and then install TLPUI. Let's open the terminal and type the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: linrunner / tlp -y && sudo apt update && sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw -y

That done waiting for the process to finish and adding the following commands to the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: linuxuprising / apps -y && sudo apt update && sudo apt install tlpui -y

Once installed it is very simple to find TLPUI, just access the menu and type tlpui and the following window of the program will appear.

This facility is very welcome, especially for those who are not familiar with the terminal and want to make the gesture of energy, TLPUI comes to help a lot of these people, since the change can be done in a click or two, making life easier. from them.

How to use?

In the first screen we can have an overview of what TLP does, how to enable and disable, which default mode we want (battery or ac, which would be plugged in).

Another interesting tab is Disk, where we can better configure how our hard drive will behave in each situation (via battery or not). Remember to be careful about enabling / disabling each option, do so very carefully as this will affect the way your machine will work under some circumstances.

From the Network tab, we can configure how Wi-Fi will behave, since Wi-Fi connected together with bluetooth (when available) is one of the biggest power consumers when not used, along with a great screen brightness. Then in this tab we can configure it.

Another interesting tab where you can configure USB, where we can configure how USB ports will behave when we have a device connected, such as a Smartphone, or when you have a plug-in printer and the like.

To know more about each function of TLP, visit their website, there you will find a very detailed documentation.

What did you think of the tip? Have you felt the difference?

Hope to see you next, big hug.

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