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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.

We have several techniques in this guide to get a computer out of power-saving mode, for instance, through the Control Panel, running particular code in the Command Prompt, and more.

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 for the situation, we found several reasons why a computer may enter the power-saving mode. Here are the causes;

  • Improper connection between the monitor and the CPU.
  • Using a faulty power source.
  • Overheating of CPU, GPU, motherboard, or other critical components.
  • 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 methods common to both Windows and macOS.


Windows offer plenty of techniques to turn off the power-saving mode. You can use the one you find the easiest. Besides, check out this guide on updating Windows.

From Taskbar

This is the quickest and the most convenient method to disable the power-saving mode on your PC: 

  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.
    Battery Symbol (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Drag the pointer to the extreme right to disable power-saving mode. 
    Disable Battery Saver
    Disable Battery Saver (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Control Panel

We modified the duration of putting our computer to sleep from a few minutes to Never. Doing so ensures that the computer does not go into the sleep mode.

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

  1. Come to the “Desktop” and click the “Control Panel” icon.
    Control Panel
    Control Panel (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Pick “System And Security.”
    System And Security
    System And Security (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Head to “Power Options.”
    Power Options
    Power Options (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Click on the blue button, “Change Plan Settings.”
    Change Plan
    Change Plan (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  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)

Also Read: How To Fix Your Computer Has A Virus Error

PC Settings

The option to switch from power-saving mode also lies in the PC Settings. Furthermore, read these fixes we used when our PC was stuck on the motherboard screen.

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

  1. Launch the “Start” menu and click the “Settings” gear.
    Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Select “System” on the “Settings” page.
    System (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  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)

Command Prompt

Another method we resorted to was using the Command Prompt window. You can type a specific code in the Command screen to resume the normal functioning of your computer.

Access the command prompt with the following steps:

  1. Simultaneously press the “Windows+R” keys on your keyboard.
    Windows+R Keys
    Windows+R Keys (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. It will give you access to the “Run” box.
  3. Type the code “cmd” and hit “Enter.”
    cmd Search
    cmd Search (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. You should see the “Command Prompt” window.
  5. Execute the code “powercfg -change -standby-timeout-ac 0.” Ensure that you have added spaces in the appropriate places.
    Command Prompt Code
    Command Prompt Code (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  6. Your computer will get out of the power-saving mode once the code is processed.

Also Read: Undoing Changes Made To Your Computer 

Set A Screen Saver

After setting a screen saver, your computer will not go into the power-saving mode. Instead, you will see your chosen type of animation, photos, or text on the screen after your computer is idle for a specified time, such as 1 minute.

Here is how you can choose a screen saver for your computer: 

  1. Place your mouse on the computer’s “Search Bar” and type “Screen Saver.”
  2. Select “Change Screen Saver” from the search results.
    Screen Saver Search
    Screen Saver Search (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. It will lead you to a new window.
  4. Choose any type of screen saver from the drop-down.
    Select Screen Saver
    Select Screen Saver (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Set the waiting time to “1 Minute.”
  6. Press “Apply” followed by “OK” to save the settings.
    Change Time
    Change Time (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Use Power Troubleshooter

Windows has a lot of built-in troubleshooters for different components that you can access it from Settings. Moreover, check this guide on how do USB hubs work.

You can navigate to the troubleshooter with these steps:

  1. Open the “Update And Security” section in “Settings.”
    Update And Security
    Update And Security (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Click on “Troubleshoot” from the left menu bar.
  3. Hit “Additional Troubelshooters.”
    Additional Troubleshooters
    Additional Troubleshooters (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  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.

Also Check: Nvidia Display Driver Failed To Start

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. However, if you choose to perform this step, make sure to deal with the computer components with a gentle hand. In case you do not have the expertise, consult a technician.

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

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.”
    System Preferences
    System Preferences (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Select the “Energy Saver” option on this menu.
    Energy Saver
    Energy Saver (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  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)

More From Mac: Your Computer Is Low On Memory 

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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