How to Change Screen and Sleep Settings in Windows 11

This article describes steps one can take to change the Screen and Sleep settings in Windows 11.

By default, Windows will automatically turn off a device screen and put it into sleep mode after some time of inactivity to preserve energy and extend its battery life.

Under the power settings, you can choose two options: one is to turn off the device screen after some time when it detects no user activates while keeping the computer running in the background.

The second option will put the device into a low-power state (sleep mode) which shuts down the system but keeps user’s sessions running in memory. Simply pressing a key or mouse will resume from sleep.

The typically settings for screen and sleep in Windows 11 optimal for most users. However, if device is turning off the screen or going to sleep too quickly, Windows lets you change that setting.

How to change screen and sleep settings in Windows 11

As described above, Windows comes with power settings for screen and sleep which users can control if the default isn’t suitable for you.

Below is how to do that.

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

On the right, select the Power & battery tile to expand.

On the System -> Power & battery settings panel, click on the Screen and sleep tile to expand.

On the System -> Power & battery -> Screen and sleep settings pane, select the options that are best for you.

  • On battery power, turn off my screen after:
  • When plugged in, turn on my screen after:
  • On battery power, put my device to sleep after:
  • When plugged in, put my device to sleep after:

Once configured, your device will turn on the screen go to sleep based on your selections above.

That should do it!


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