How to change Sleep settings on Windows 10

Windows comes with an idle feature which puts a computer into Sleep Mode to save energy and battery life.  In Sleep Mode, the computer halts all the activities, and the state is saved. When you are up to handle the system, it wakes up to the state as you left. In this guide, we are sharing how to change sleep settings in Windows 10.

How Sleep Mode works in Windows 10

If you have noticed, your monitor turns off after a few minutes of inactivity. Now, that’s not Sleep Mode. Since the Display consumes a lot of power, turning off the screen is the first step Windows takes. It is ideal for situations where you will start using your computer in a few minutes.

In Sleep Mode, also generally referred to as Standby or Suspended Mode, the state of the computer is saved on the RAM. It looks as if it has been shut down. While you may hear fans running at a shallow speed, it only means, the computer is still on, and waiting for an input from the mouse or keyboard.

How to change Sleep settings on Windows 10

How to change Sleep settings in Windows 10

To change Power & sleep settings in Windows 10:

  1. Navigate to Settings  > System > Power & sleep.
  2. You have two options here under Screen and Sleep
  3. Under Sleep, you can choose how long you want the computer to wait before going to sleep:
    • When Plugged in
    • When on Battery

If you have a desktop, you will only see the first option. While on laptops, both the settings will be available. It is advisable to choose a shorter period when on battery, and longer when plugged in. You can apply the same settings for Screen as well.

Additional Power Settings

In the Power & Sleep section, on the right, you have Additional Power Settings. It opens up a plethora of options. You can create custom power plans, enable ultimate performance mode, change what the Power button does when it’s pressed, and more.

Advanced settings power options

If you are using a laptop, make sure to thoroughly understand the Pros and Cons of each of these power plans, and then change Sleep settings.

Sometimes,  problems related to Sleep Mode can appear in Windows. Well, these posts will show you how to fix such problems:

These posts will show you the other ways you can manage Sleep on your PC:

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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