How to fix Sleep Mode in Windows 11

Aamir Khan

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Sleep mode in Windows conserves system resources and battery. And when you are not working or want to keep your system idle. All versions of Windows 11 come with a default sleep mode, and they work correctly without any errors. But the latest studies reveal many windows 11 users are facing the problem of windows 11 sleep mode not working or their windows 11 PC stopping sleep mode. Today we will show you how to fix Sleep Mode in Windows 11.

People have reported that the sleep mode stops after installing the system updates.

Go to the end of this guide if your sleep mode is not working, and the solution to your problem will be provided. Here we will share some essential and simple solutions to fix your sleep mode on windows 11.

Reasons why the Sleep mode is not Working on Windows 11

  • Outdated Display Drivers
  • Wrong Power Plan Settings
  • Enabled Hibernate Mode
  • Malfunctioned External Devices
  • Unnecessary Programs & Tasks Running in the Background
  • Enabled Wake Timers
  • Conflicting Windows Update
  • Wrong Network Adapter Properties

Methods to Fix Sleep Mode in Windows 11

Given are a few methods to fix sleep mode in windows 11;

1. Restart Your PC to fix Sleep Mode

You have already tried this method to fix too many problems, especially in windows, and at first, we recommended setting your sleep mode by rebooting your PC. Rebooting is a straightforward and straightforward process to solve many problems in windows PC because, during the rebooting process, all your data and apps will be refreshed, including your PC and OS.

Restarting the PC will fix the issue caused by some third-party apps. To do so, go to Start, and you will see the power icon in the lower-left corner of the Screen. Click it and then click on the restart.

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Once PC is restarted, leave it for some time to check whether your issue is solved.

2. Unplug all External Devices

If the above method doesn’t work, check your sleep mode by unplugging all external devices. This is a widespread problem, but some users found this by removing external devices, and the sleep mode work. So remove your external devices one by one, and it also checks your sleep mode status. In this way, you will know by using which device your sleep mode is not working.

In most cases, the problem was due to the mouse, so you can also know which external device is causing your pc to not work in sleep mode by unplugging all devices individually. If by removing all external devices, the problem is still, and you can’t fix your sleep mode, then try switching the USB ports. This means changing the port of all external devices and checking again.

3. Terminate all Unnecessary Programs

If your PC still faces the sleep mode issue, the programs working in the background may conflict with the system and stop it from sleeping when needed. For confirmation of this case, we recommend you close all background apps and programs and then check again if your issue is solved or not.

If you find that some programs are closing, which can solve your issue, don’t open them again, as this can similarly create the problem. To complete the background programs, follow as given;

  • Press the Windows + R shortcut to open the Run dialog, type cmd, and press the Enter key to execute it.  
  • After the CMD is open, run the powercfg /requests command to check which program and app is running in the background and consuming resources and battery in the environment, and you are unaware of it.
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  • After running the above command, you’ll see multiple programs’ processes under the DISPLAY, AWAYMODE, EXECUTION, PREFBOOST, and ACTIVELOCKSCREEN sections. Out of all, you’ve to check for processes under the AWAYMODE section and try to identify the source of the process. For example, in our case, it shows this process created by the Spotify app. 
  • \Device\HarddiskVolume3\Users\Harsh\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\Spotify.exe Background Audio Playback
  • Now after identifying the programs which are affecting and running in the background and that we don’t need, open Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut and search for it. 

Now right-click on the program you identified earlier and click on the end task.

After it, please do the same process with all others working in the background and restart your PC to check whether it is solved.

4. Enable the Sleep Mode

This is also possible that you might have disabled the sleep mode unintentionally, and the sleep mode is not working. It seems it sounds odd, but it is also possible. Make sure to enable sleep mode on your PC. To enable sleep mode, follow the steps below;

  • Click the Windows button from your keyboard, type the setting in the search box, and click enter.
  • To open the Settings app, move to the Power & battery section and expand the Screen and sleep section.
  • After ensuring that sleep mode is enabled, set the period for sleep.
  • If not, then set a period after that period; your PC will go into sleep mode automatically if it is idle in this time period.
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5. Scan Your PC for Viruses and Malware

Sometimes viruses and malware affect our operating system and change the background operating system files, so in some cases, it also causes the sleep mode not to work properly.

To determine whether a virus has affected your OS, you can run a scan on your system. Here is a guideline on how to do it.

  • Press the Windows key on the keyboard, type Virus & threat protection, and press Enter
  • Now, click on Virus & threat protection to launch the Malware Removal tool.
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  • Then, click the Quick scan button in the Current threats section to start the quick virus and malware scan to check whether the virus affects your PC.
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Now, let your system check if it is affected or not. Once the scan is complete, you will receive the results. If the scan detects any infected files or folders, follow the instructions provided to remove the virus.

6. Disable Screen Saver on Your PC

Reports have shown that the screen saver and sleep mode affect each other, and if both are enabled, then none will function well. So if you have enabled the screen saver, we recommend you disable it and follow this guide to disable it.

  • Open the Settings app on your system and select the Personalization option from the left sidebar.
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  • Now, click on the Lock screen on the Personalization window and then click the Screen saver option.
  • Once the Screen Saver Settings window is opened, select the (None) option from the Screen Saver dropdown.

Once you have done this, check whether the sleep mode is working.

After all the above processes, we hope that your problem is solved, and if it is still not solved, then you can try windows reset or reinstall to permanently your issue. Also, try the given few steps to check whether it is working.

  • Disallow Devices to Wake Up Your Windows 11 System
  • Turn Off Hybrid Mode on Your PC
  •  Disable Wake Timers
  • Deactivate Fast Startup
  • Update Your Device’s Display Drivers
  • Reset Your Power Plan’s Default Settings
  • Update Your PC

After trying all of these steps, your problem will certainly be solved.

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