How to Change Power Mode on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change or switch the power mode when using Windows 11 to optimize the device based on power use and performance. By default, Windows 11 uses a balanced power mode to optimize for performance with reduced power consumption.

Windows also allows users to change or select a different power mode that suit their needs and gives them options to enable a device settings to bring out the best battery life, the best performance, or a balance between the two.

You can select separate power modes for when you are running on AC and on battery (DC) power. Your device will automatically choose the power mode when it switches from AC to battery or DC.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with choosing the power mode on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to select Windows 11 power mode

As mentioned above, users can choose which power mode works best in their environment. Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select Power & battery on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Power & battery settings pane, select the Power mode tile, and choose a power mode for the device.

Your options are:

  • Best power efficiency
  • Balanced (default)
  • Best performance

After making selecting the power mode for your device, you can simply exit the Settings app.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to change or select a power mode that best suit your environment when using Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.