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How To Stop Monitor From Entering Power Saver Mode

How To Stop Monitor From Entering Power Saver Mode

While power saving mode can be useful for, well, saving power, it can also be inconvenient at times. So how can you turn off power saver mode and stop your monitor from falling asleep?

How To Stop Monitor From Entering Power Saver Mode?

To stop your monitor from entering power saver mode, and shutting off when inactive:

  • Press your Windows Key on your keyboard or click the Windows button in the bottom left corner
  • Type in “Settings” and open up the Settings App
  • Select “System” (should have the subtext “Display, sound, notifications, power”)
  • Select “Power & Sleep” from the left pane
  • Under “Screen”, click the drop down menu (should say X minutes), scroll down, and change it to “Never”

These steps should work for any monitor that you have plugged into your computer. You shouldn’t have to tweak any settings on the monitor itself, which is very handy because most monitors have rather unintuitive settings.

While these are the specific steps for Windows 10, they should be extremely similar for every version of Windows.

Here is what these settings look like on a Windows 11 laptop, for example:

In the “System” section of your computer’s settings, navigate to the section for Power Saving settings.

You’ll just have to find your “Power & Sleep” settings, which usually involves opening up your general settings first.

Afterwards, try to find some kind of Display settings or anything that sounds similar to the settings from above.

Inside the Power Saving settings, navigate to the section for your display/screen. Set the dropdown to “never” to prevent your display from entering sleep mode.

If your monitor still turns off after a while of inactivity, head back to the settings and make sure that your power settings are saved.

If it still says “Never” under your screen settings, then scroll down just a little more and look under “Sleep” settings.

It’s possible that your monitor isn’t turning off, but that your entire computer is going into sleep mode. Select the drop down menu under “Sleep”, scroll down and set it to “Never” as well.

Why Do Monitors Go Into Power Saving Mode

Monitors go into power saving mode when there is no activity on the computer. Windows has a built-in system that detects inactivity, and will tell monitors to go into power saving mode when it detects inactivity for a set amount of time (this interval can be adjusted in the Windows Power & Sleep settings).

Power saving mode is useful for a few things; like saving battery life and preventing screen burn-in. Overall, it’s just there to keep your monitor healthy.

However, it’s not completely necessary, depending on what kind of monitor you have and what kind of screen it has.

When I’m at my computer, I’m pretty much always using it. Because of this, I have my screens set to turn off every 15 minutes.

However, I make sure that my computer never fully enters sleep mode, no matter how long I’m inactive. I just find it pretty annoying to have to wake my computer up when it goes into sleep mode, so I keep it off.

It’s really a matter of preference whether you want your monitor and your computer to enter sleep mode or not.

How To Get Monitor Off Of Power Saving Mode?

You can wake your monitor out of power saving mode by pressing any key on your keyboard or moving your mouse. You may have to press a key many times in a row for the computer to register it and wake up your monitor. If your monitor still doesn’t wake up, then turn it off and back on with the power button.

It’s usually pretty easy to get out of power saving mode and wake your monitor up. You should only need to press a button on your keyboard (any button you feel like). Sometimes you may have to spam the button and press it 5 or 6 times.

You could also move your mouse around your mousepad, just make sure you move it around enough for your computer to register that it’s moving.

If your monitor doesn’t exit power saving mode after moving your mouse or pressing buttons, then try turning it off and back on.

When it comes on, make sure that it’s not saying “No Signal” or something similar. If it does, you’ll have to try disconnecting and reconnecting the monitor to your computer.

If you don’t want your monitor to enter power saving mode at all, you can actually turn it off in your Windows Power & Sleep settings.

Here you can set how long you want your computer to wait before putting your monitor to sleep. You can also set how long before your whole computer goes to sleep.

What To Do If Monitor Won’t Get Off Of Power Saving Mode?

If your monitor won’t get off of power saving mode, then try turning the monitor off and back on with its power button. When you turn the monitor on, it should display a logo and then turn on. If it shows “no signal”, then try unplugging it and plugging it back in or restarting your entire computer.

If your monitor won’t get out of power saving mode, then one of the most likely scenarios is that it isn’t in power saving mode and something else is up. Whether that be a bug or a faulty connection.

The first thing you should do is turn your monitor off and back on and pay attention to what it does. If you see the logo and then it goes directly to a black screen, then your monitor is probably connected but experiencing a problem, so try restarting your computer.

If you restart your monitor and see “no signal”, then something might be wrong with the cable that connects your monitor to your computer.

You can try unplugging the cable and plugging it back in or trying an extra cable you have laying around.

If none of the above works, I’d recommend trying your monitor with another computer or trying another monitor with your computer.

This will help narrow down whether the problem is with your monitor or with your computer itself.

Does Power Saving Mode Save Electricity?

Power saving mode saves electricity. The amount of electricity saved by power saving mode depends on the exact device. The amount of electricity saved by power saving mode on a monitor, for example, will not be very substantial when compared to the electricity saved by an entire desktop computer.

So, pretty much, power saving mode will save some electricity just not enough to notice. Power saving mode probably won’t make a huge impact on your electricity bill.

There are some other benefits, though, beyond saving electricity. Allowing your monitor to enter power saving mode will likely prolong its life and prevent the screen from fading.

It may also prevent something like screen burn-in, depending on your monitor’s build.

Does Power Saving Mode Prolong The Life Of A Monitor?

Power saving mode does prolong the life of a monitor. Power saving mode not only stops monitors from using unnecessary electricity, but it also prevents screen burn-in and other issues that occur when monitors are left on for long periods of time. Power saving mode is very healthy for most monitors.

Some monitors have a really bad issue known as screen burn-in. Screen burn-in occurs when a monitor is left on for a long time, either while working or just idling, and it creates “phantom” pixels in the monitor screen.

So if, for example, you leave your computer on a YouTube video for a significant amount of time and then open up a new internet tab, you may still see the YouTube website “burnt’ into your monitor.

Most of the time this burn-in goes away after a few hours, but it’s still rather annoying to look at. In rare cases, the burn-in will be permanent.

How often burn-in happens and how long it lasts will depend on your monitor – some don’t even have the issue.

Now, power saving mode is the best way to prevent screen burn-in and the best way to prevent your monitor’s pixels from dying of old age and over-usage.

Power saving mode only turns on when your computer is idle anyways, so you might as well let it do its thing. It’ll prolong the life of your monitor and keep it healthy the entire time.

Is It Bad To Turn Off Power Saving Mode?

It is bad to turn off power saving mode because power saving mode is the easiest way to prolong the life of any device. Whether you’re using power saving mode on your monitor, phone, laptop, etc, power saving mode is going to help in one way or another. Turning it off temporarily is fine, but not permanently.

I pretty much leave power saving mode turned on with every device I have, especially my phone, my laptop, and my monitors.

Batteries are the first thing to go in portable devices like phones and laptops, so the faster you use up the battery, the faster you’ll need to pay out the money for a new device.

Monitors, on the other hand, don’t have a battery. They do have LEDs and pixels though. These LEDs burn out and create “dead pixels” on monitor screens.

Now, dead pixels are pretty much inevitable after a long time, but power saving mode will squeeze out as many years as possible from your monitors.

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