How to Turn off Power Saving Mode

Plus, how to turn on power saving mode

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If you're finding that your Windows 10 PC is dimming the screen before you want it to or even going into sleep mode altogether, sometimes it helps if you turn off power saving mode. There are a lot of behaviors that can exhibit from a machine running under power saving mode. Luckily, it's easy to toggle this feature off and on.

In this article you'll also learn how to turn on power savings, as well as how to optimize the settings so you can fully use your computer while saving energy.

How to Turn Off Power Saver in Windows 10

There are a lot of complex power saving settings in Windows 10, but it's easy to quickly turn off power saving mode entirely.

  1. Left click the battery icon in the right hand side of the Taskbar, and select Battery settings.

    Screenshot of selecting Battery settings in Windows 10
  2. Scroll down to the Battery saver section, and disable the checkbox next to Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below.

    Screenshot of turning off power savings in Windows 10

    When you completely disable battery saving in Windows 10, be aware that once your battery drops below the previously enabled setting, power will continue being consumed at the same rate. This could potentially shut down your laptop before you've had time to save your work.

  3. Even though this turns off all power savings while your computer is running on battery, it does not turn off power savings while your computer is plugged in. To do this, right click the battery icon in the right hand of the Taskbar, and select Power Options.

    Screenshot of selecting Power Options in Windows 10
  4. On the left side panel, select Create a power plan.

    Screenshot of creating a power plan in Windows 10
  5. Under create a power plan, select High performance. In the Plan name field, name the plan Power Savings Off and select Next.

    Screenshot of creating a high performance power plan in Windows 10
  6. In the next window, change all settings for power savings to Never for both On battery and Plugged in. Select Create when done.

    Screenshot of power settings in Windows 10
  7. Select Change plan settings to the right of your newly created power plan.

    Screenshot of changing plan settings in Windows 10
  8. In the plan settings window, select Change advanced power settings.

    Screenshot of changing advanced power settings in Windows 10
  9. Scroll down to Hard disk and expand it. Change the Turn off hard disk after setting to Never for both On battery and Plugged in.

    Screenshot of changing hard disk power savings to Never in Windows 10

    To update these settings to Never, you'll need to type the word "Never" into the dropdown field for minutes.

  10. Select Apply and then OK. Now you've completely turned off power saver for your Windows 10 computer.

How to Turn On Power Saver in Windows 10

If you prefer to conserve energy as much as possible while using your computer, you can quick turn power saver back on, and then adjust the settings as needed.

You can customize the settings so that the power saving behavior doesn't interfere with the work you need to do on your computer.

  1. Right click the battery icon in the taskbar and select Power Options.

    Screenshot of selecting Power Options in Windows 10
  2. If you want to save time, you can select the Balanced plan, which is the Windows 10 preconfigured power savings plan. Or, if you prefer to customize your own options, follow the steps in the previous section to create a new plan. Once you've created the new plan, select Change plan settings to the right.

    Screenshot of selecting change plan settings in Windows 10
  3. You can adjust the time delay you'd like to use to turn off the display or put the computer to sleep in the Change Settings window. Select Save changes. Then, Select Change advanced power settings.

    Screenshot of changing power savings plan settings in Windows 10
  4. You can adjust the following settings in the Advanced settings tab. You can adjust each setting for both On battery, and Plugged in. Use the number of minutes you'd like the computer to wait before enabling that action.

  • Turn off hard disk after: Stops the hard disk from spinning. This will cause a slight delay when you want to use your computer again (or even saving a file).
  • Desktop background settings: Pauses any slideshow you've configured as your background.
  • Sleep: Put your computer to sleep, or have it hibernate.
  • Power buttons and lid: Make the laptop sleep when you close the lid.
  • Display: Turn off the display (conserves more power than any other setting).

The remaining power settings not in this list include items like wireless adapter, usb, PCI Express, processor, and video card options that have minimal effect on power savings. However if you prefer to maximize battery savings, you can set these to either Optimize Battery or Maximize power savings as well. Just be aware that the more devices you choose to enable power savings, the longer the delay may be when you want to actively use your computer again.