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Get Computer Out Of Power-Saving Mode [Windows & Mac]

Reconnecting the monitor, power cycling the PC, and cleaning motherboard components are the mutual methods to get Windows and Mac computers out of power-saving.

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Your computer may go into the power-saving mode due to insufficient power supply or faulty settings. However, you can change the Power and Sleep settings or switch GPU slots to get the computer out of power-saving mode.

Key Takeaways

  • The computer may shift to the power-saving mode if you have left the screen idle for some minutes, as specified in the Settings.
  • Use the Taskbar menu, PC Settings, or the Command Prompt to turn off power mode on a Windows computer and adjust the battery settings for a Mac computer.
  • Safely pull out the RAM disk and graphics card and clean them if the issue persists.

Why Is Your Computer Switching To Power-Saving Mode?

While testing methods for the situation, we found several reasons why a computer may enter the power-saving mode.

Here are the causes:

  1. Improper connection between the monitor and the CPU.
  2. Using a faulty power source.
  3. Overheating of CPU, GPU, motherboard, or other critical components.
  4. The computer was left idle for too long.

Also Read: Computer Turns On, But No Signal To Monitor

How To Get A Computer Out Of Power-Saving Mode?

We tested all the methods to provide the exact steps for each. However, try these simple methods first for both Windows and macOS.

  1. Reconnect the monitor. 
  2. Blow off dust from the cables.
  3. Power cycle the computer.
  4. Use a different power source.


There are plenty of techniques we tested to disable the power-saving mode on our Windows computer, such as the ones listed below:

  1. From Taskbar.
  2. Using Control Panel.
  3. Using PC Settings.
  4. Clean RAM And Other Components.
  5. Change GPU To Secondary Slot.

From Taskbar

This is the quickest and the most convenient method to disable the power-saving mode on your PC, and we regularly use it to save the system’s battery.

Follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Move your cursor to the right edge of the “Taskbar” and click on the arrowhead pointing upwards.
  2. Double-click on the “Battery” symbol in the mini-menu.
  3. Drag the pointer to the extreme right to disable power-saving mode. 

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Using Control Panel

We modified the duration of putting our computer to sleep from a few minutes to Never. Doing so ensured that our computer does not go into the sleep mode. Additionally, many forum members suggested it worked for them as well.

Follow the instructions below to undo power mode via Control Panel:

  1. Come to the “Desktop” and click the “Control Panel” icon.
  2. Pick “System And Security.”
  3. Head to “Power Options.”
  4. Click on the blue button, “Change Plan Settings.”
  5. Select “Never” in both the boxes, “On Battery” and “Plugged In,” in front of “Put The Computer To Sleep.”
  6. Hit the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.
    Modify Settings
    Modify Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Using PC Settings

The option to switch out of power-saving mode also lies in the PC Settings. We tested it on our computer, and it worked. 

Use this method to get your computer out of power-saving mode:

  1. Launch the “Start” menu and click the “Settings” gear.
  2. Select “System” on the “Settings” page.
  3. Scroll down to “Power And Sleep” on the left pane.
  4. Set “Never” in all the drop-boxes on this screen.
    Power And Sleep
    Power And Sleep (Image By Tech4Gamers)

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Use Power Troubleshooter

We often use built-in Windows troubleshooters to fix temporary issues with our Windows computer. In this case, we ran the Power troubleshooter to check why our computer was not switching out of the Power-saving mode.

You can navigate to the troubleshooter with these steps:

  1. Open the “Update And Security” section in “Settings.”
  2. Click on “Troubleshoot” from the left menu bar.
  3. Hit “Additional Troubleshooters.”
  4. Find “Power” in the list and “Run The Troubleshooter.”
    Run Troubleshooter
    Run Troubleshooter (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Wait for the process to complete. It will diagnose and fix any detected issues or prompt you to solve them.

Clean RAM And Other Components

If modifying the settings does not work, the computer may have a technical issue. We shut down the computer and removed all the power cables. Next, we opened the case and pulled out the RAM from its slot on the motherboard. We cleaned the edges of the RAM with a soft cloth or an eraser to remove the dust and rust. 

Lastly, placing the RAM back into its slot and turning on the computer got our computer out of the situation. Repeat the step for the graphics card if the issue persists. In addition, several users commented under a YouTube video by Technical NVN99 Shiva that cleaning the components fixed the issue.

Also Read: How To Clean Your PC Without Compressed Air?

WARNING: The components are sensitive and must be handled and cleaned carefully. If you try to rush the process, you will end up damaging the components.

Change GPU To Secondary Slot

A Reddit user, Sunderk89, found that placing the GPU into a secondary slot worked in getting the computer out of the power-saving mode. It may be because of a faulty primary slot. Therefore, we tested this fix and immediately resolved the issue after a simple restart.

Also Check: Nvidia Display Driver Failed To Start

Mac OS

Apart from a Windows computer, we also tried disabling the power-saving screen on a macOS computer. Unlike Windows, the methods are limited for macOS. 

System Preferences

As per our testing, modifying the battery saver settings for the macOS computer prevented it from going into power-saving.

Use the system preferences menu to turn off the power-saving mode:

  1. Click on the “Apple” symbol on the top bar.
  2. Go to “System Preferences.”
  3. Select the “Energy Saver” option on this menu.
  4. Switch to the “Battery” tab.
  5. Choose “Never” in the “Computer Sleep” and “Display Sleep” toggle lines.
  6. Furthermore, remove the ticks beside the boxes “Put Hard Disk To Sleep When Possible” and the one below that.
    Change Battery Saver Settings
    Change Battery Saver Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
WARNING: Turning off these sleep settings may prevent your Mac from going into sleep mode.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know If My Computer Is In Power-Saving Mode?

The brightness of your display is dimmer in power-saving mode.

What To Do If Pressing Keys Does Not Wake My Computer?

Restart the computer or reconnect the monitor to the system. Additionally, verify the power source in case the fault lies there.

How Do I Disable Power-Saving Mode On My Computer?

Resort to the PC settings, troubleshooters, or use the toggle bar in the taskbar to disable power-saving mode.

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