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How to Turn Off Sleep Mode on a Windows 10 PC

Your Windows 10 computer is set to go to sleep after a certain amount of time in order to help conserve power or your laptop’s batteries. However, it can be annoying if your computer is going to sleep when you don’t want it to. Here’s how to turn off sleep mode and disable hibernation on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Turn Off Sleep Mode on Windows 10

To turn off sleep mode on a Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > System > Power & sleep. Then select the drop-down menu under Sleep and choose Never. If you’re using a laptop, do this for battery mode as well.

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This is next to the Windows 10 logo.
  2. Then type power & sleep into the search bar and click Open. You can also hit Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Finally, click the drop-down box under Sleep and change it to Never. Your computer will not enter sleep mode anymore. You can also choose to adjust the number of minutes it takes before your computer goes to sleep after becoming idle.
How to Turn Off Sleep Mode on Windows 10

Note: You will only see two drop-down menus under Sleep if you are using a laptop.

How to Disable Hibernation on a Windows 10 PC

While most people are familiar with the Windows 10 sleep mode, you might not know your computer also has a hibernation mode.

Hibernation mode is a cross between sleep mode and turning your computer off. With hibernation mode enabled, you can turn your computer off, and pick up right where you left off immediately. That means all your apps will open the way they were when you left them, and your computer won’t use any power.

The downside is that hibernation mode does use up some of the storage space on your computer, which is equivalent to around 75 percent of your installed RAM capacity. Thankfully, it is easy to disable the hibernation mode.

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This is next to the Windows 10 logo.
  2. Then type Command Prompt into the search bar.
  3. Next, click Run as administrator.
  4. Then type powercfg.exe /hibernate off into the Command Prompt.
  5. Finally, hit Enter on your keyboard. This will disable the hibernation mode on your computer.
How to Disable Hibernation on a Windows 10 PC

Note: You do not want to disable hibernation on a laptop because it is needed to save your state when the battery runs out.

Now that you know how to turn off sleep mode on a Windows 10 PC, check out our guide on how to turn off sleep mode on a Mac here.

Updated on May 5, 2020

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