Windows 11 sleep mode puts your PC into sleep mode to save power. Sometimes you will find that your PC cannot enter this mode and stays on. This issue usually occurs when you’ve disabled hibernation or have other issues with your PC’s power settings.
Other causes for the problem include hybrid mode interfering with sleep mode, a screen saver that keeps your PC on, and a connected device such as a mouse that wakes your PC. In this guide, we will see how to fix these issues.
When your Windows 11 PC cannot go into sleep mode, check if the sleep mode is enabled. You or someone else may have disabled it.
You can use the Settings app to view your PC’s sleep settings.
- Open Settings by pressing Windows † l†
- Select System from the sidebar on the left.
- To elect Power & battery in the right pane.
- Select the Screen and Sleep option to expand the menu.
- Set a timer for each option shown in the menu so that your PC goes into sleep mode.
Windows 11 allows you to create and change settings for various power plans. An incorrectly specified option in these plans can cause your PC don’t go to sleep†
One way to work around this problem is to reset your power plan settings to their defaults. Doing so will erase your custom options and return those options to factory defaults. You can adjust your plans after you reset them.
- Launch the Control Panel on your PC.
- Select Hardware and Sound † Power management in the Control Panel.
- To elect Change subscription settings alongside your current energy plan.
- Select Restore default settings for this subscription on the screen that opens.
- To elect Yes in the prompt to confirm your action.
Windows 11’s Hybrid Mode brings Sleep and Hibernate mode together to help you conserve power. If you’re having trouble putting your PC to sleep, it’s worth disabling this sleep combination feature to see if it fixes your problem.
Later, you can activate hybrid mode if you wish.
- Open Control panel on your computer.
- go to Hardware and Sound † Power management†
- Select Change subscription settings alongside your current energy plan.
- To elect Change advanced power settings†
- Fold the . from sleep menu in the open window.
- Select Out for both On battery and Plugged in options in Allow Hybrid Sleep†
- To elect Apply followed by Okay At the bottom.
Like the previous versions, Windows 11 includes several screen savers. It’s worth disabling this screensaver if you’re having trouble putting your computer into sleep mode.
You can reactivate your screensavers at any time.
- Open Settings by pressing Windows † l at the same time.
- To elect Personalization from the sidebar on the left.
- Select lock screen on the right pane.
- To elect screen saver at the bottom of the screen.
- Select (No) of the screen saver drop down menu.
- To elect Apply followed by Okay at the bottom of the window.
Windows 11 provides multiple troubleshooters to find and fix problems on your PC. If hibernate doesn’t work, use the system power troubleshooter to detect and fix your issues.
This troubleshooter works mostly on its own, so you don’t need to be tech savvy to use the tool.
- Access Settings by pressing Windows † l at the same time.
- Select System from the sidebar on the left.
- To elect Resolving problems in the right pane.
- Select Other troubleshooter†
- Select Run next Current on the troubleshooter screen.
- wait for the Current troubleshooter to find and fix problems with your PC’s power settings.
One of the reasons Windows 11 won’t hibernate is because one of your connected devices is waking the system from sleep. These devices are usually your keyboards, mice, and trackpads.
You can check if this is the case by: revoke the ability to wake your PC from sleep mode of these devices. You can do this using the Device Manager on your PC.
- Open the Get started menu, search for Device Managerand select Device Manager in the search results.
- To expand Mice and other pointing devicesright click and choose Properties†
- Select the Power management tab in the Properties window.
- Uncheck the box Allow this device to wake the computer from sleep mode choice.
- Select Okay At the bottom.
- Repeat the above steps for your keyboard and trackpad, one at a time.
If your Windows 11 PC still does not go to sleep at the specified time, your computer may have a virus or malware. It’s unlikely, but still worth checking. These threats often cause various random problems on your PC, including the malfunctioning of certain system functions.
Fortunately, you can use Windows 11’s built-in antivirus tool to find and remove viruses and malware from your computer.
- launch Windows Security by opening the Get started menu, search for Windows Securityand select the tool from the search results.
- To elect Virus & Threat Protection on the window that opens.
- Select Scan options†
- To elect Full scan and select Scan now†
- Wait for the tool to detect and remove virus files from your computer.
It is also possible that your system’s core files have a problem, which is why your PC’s sleep mode is not working. You can fix this kind of problem by updating your PC to the latest version as the latest version often fixes various existing bugs and issues.
Here’s how to update your Windows 11 computer for free and easily:
- Open Settings by pressing Windows † l keys simultaneously.
- To elect Windows Update from the left sidebar.
- Select Check for updates on the right pane.
- Download and install the available updates.
- Restart your PC when you have installed the updates.
If you ever experience problems getting your pc to sleep, then use the effective methods described above to solve your sleep mode issues. Once you’ve done that, your PC will go into sleep mode at the specified time.