How to Turn Off or On Game Mode on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable Game Mode on using Windows 11 which may help resolve some performance issues. Game Mode is enabled by default on Windows 11.

With this feature enabled, Windows prioritizes your gaming experience by preventing Windows Update from updating systems drivers and sending restart notifications. Windows also tries to achieve a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game and system.

On some systems, this can cause performance issues, especially when Windows wrongly detect an application it thinks it’s a game in progress. It then reconfigures the system optimized for gaming when a game is not being played.

If you’re experiencing performance issues or noticing strange display errors, you may want to turn of game mode to see if that resolves your issues. The steps below will show you how to do that in Windows 11

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 turning off or on game mode when using Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to disable Game Mode on Windows 11

As mentioned above, game mode may be a cause of performance issues on Windows 11. To quickly disable it, continue below.

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 Gaming, and select Game Mode on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Game Mode settings pane, toggle the button on the Game Mode tile to the Off position to disable.

Setting changes done in Windows Settings app are immediately applied. You can exit when you’re done.

How to enable Game Mode on Windows 11

If you change you mind about disabling Game Mode above, you can simply reverse the steps above to enable it by going to the Start menu ==> Windows Settings ==> Gaming ==> Game Mode and toggling the button to the On position as highlighted below.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to disable or enable Game Mode on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.