How to Stop Windows 11 From Sleeping or Turning off

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If you find that your Windows 11 PC keeps entering sleep mode too quickly and disrupts your workflow, you may want to disable the sleep feature. Disabling sleep mode in Windows 11 is a simple process, and in this article, we’ll show you how to do it.

Windows 11 is the next generation of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, and it promises to be a game-changer for both casual and power users. With a cleaner and more modern interface, Windows 11 offers a more intuitive and streamlined user experience. The new Start menu, centered on the taskbar, and customizable snap layouts make multitasking easier than ever. Windows 11 also comes with improved gaming features, including DirectStorage and Auto HDR, making it the perfect choice for gamers.

How to Make Your Windows 11 PC Never Go To Sleep

Do you want your computer to stay awake indefinitely? This can be done by making changes to the power option setting of your Windows 11 laptop or desktop computer.

There are several advantages to changing the sleep settings of your computer. We all know the frustration of leaving our computer to download a big file and returning to find it asleep. Windows’ sleep feature is handy, but it can be an annoyance at times.

Take note that there are disadvantages to preventing your computer from going to sleep.

Firstly, disabling sleep mode can increase energy consumption, leading to higher electricity bills and increased carbon footprint. Secondly, leaving your PC running for extended periods can cause wear and tear on your hardware components, reducing their lifespan. Lastly, leaving your PC on and unattended can make it more vulnerable to security threats. Therefore, it’s recommended to use sleep mode when not using your PC, but if necessary, you can disable it temporarily for specific tasks.

Here’s what you can do to prevent your Windows 11 desktop PC or laptop from going to sleep.

Adjust power and sleep settings in Windows from Settings app

The quickest way to change the power settings of your computer is from your PC settings.

Click on the Windows logo.

Open Settings.

Click on System.

Select Power.

Click the Screen and sleep option.

Change the “When plugged in turn off my screen after” option to never.

Change the “When plugged in, put my device to sleep after” option to Never.

Manage power settings from the control panel

Another way for you to make adjustments on the sleep mode setting is from the control panel.

Click on the search button.

Type Control Panel and enter.

On the upper right side of the control panel app make sure that “View by” is set to small icons.

Click on Power options.

On the left-hand menu, click “Choose when to turn off the display.”

Select never for ” Turn off the display”.

Select never for “Put the computer to sleep”.

Select Save changes.

What to do when Windows computer still goes to sleep mode

There are instances when your computer will still go to sleep even after making the necessary power changes on your device.

Here’s what you need to do to fix this problem.

Run the Windows 11 troubleshooter tool

The Windows 11 Troubleshooter is a built-in diagnostic tool that helps users identify and fix common issues that may be affecting their PC’s performance. It offers a range of automated troubleshooting options, such as checking for updates, detecting and repairing hardware and software issues, and optimizing system performance.

Click the Windows logo.

Open Settings.

Click System.

Click Troubleshoot.

Click Other troubleshooters

Click the Run button after Power.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I disable sleep mode in Windows 11?

    Disabling sleep mode in Windows 11 is a simple process. You can do this by going to the Power & sleep settings in the Control Panel or the Settings app. From there, you can set the time before your PC goes to sleep or turn off the sleep mode altogether.

  2. Is it safe to disable sleep mode on Windows 11?

    While disabling sleep mode can be useful in certain situations, it's not recommended to keep your PC running for extended periods. This can cause wear and tear on your hardware components, leading to reduced lifespan. It's best to use sleep mode when you're not using your PC, but if necessary, you can temporarily disable it for specific tasks.

  3. How can I prevent my PC from sleeping during a download?

    If you're downloading a large file and don't want your PC to go to sleep, you can adjust the sleep settings to never put your PC to sleep. Alternatively, you can use a third-party download manager that automatically prevents your PC from sleeping during downloads.

  4. Why does my PC go to sleep even when I'm actively using it?

    This could be due to the default sleep settings on your PC. Check the Power & sleep settings in the Control Panel or the Settings app to make sure that the sleep timer is set to a suitable duration or turn off sleep mode altogether.

  5. Can I set a different sleep timer for when my PC is plugged in vs. on battery power?

    Yes, you can set different sleep timers for when your PC is plugged in or on battery power. This option is available in the Power & sleep settings in the Control Panel or the Settings app. You can customize the sleep timer according to your preferences to optimize your PC's performance and energy consumption.

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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone. Contact me at Email

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