How to Change Screen Timeout in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to change the screen timeout settings in Windows 11 to turn off display after certain time. By default, Windows 11 will automatically turn off the screen after 5 minutes on battery and 15 minutes when plugged in.

You don’t have to settle for the default timeout period. If Windows 11 is tuning off too quickly, you can change its settings to turn off only after certain time or never, and the this post is going to show you how to do that.

When the screen is turned off, you’ll need to move the mouse, touch the screen for touchscreen devices or press any key on the keyboard to resume. Windows will resume from where it left off and have you log back into your sessions. This is all done for security reasons.

Windows screen timeout feature has always been there, starting with Windows XP. In Windows 11, the settings can still be found in the power & battery settings pane.

To get started changing Windows 11 screen timeout after feature, follow the steps below:

How to set how long Windows 11 screen timeout

If the default timeout period is too short for you in Windows 11, you can change the time so that it doesn’t go to sleep too soon, or never.

Follow the steps below to get it done.

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 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, under Power, expand Screen and sleep section highlighted below.

Then change the timeout period for when to turn of screen after a certain time for battery or when plugged in.

The settings should take effect immediately. Simply exit and close the settings pane and you’re done.

In some cases, Windows will want you to fully reboot the system before the settings can fully be applied.

If the steps above do not work for you, you may find the post below helpful. The post below will work on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 and will change the power settings even if the device is controlled in a corporate environment.

How to keep Windows awake with PowerToys

That should do it!


This post showed you how to configure Windows 11 timeout settings for when to turn off the screen after certain time when the system is not in used.

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