5 Ways To Change Screen Timeout In Windows 11

It’s frustrating when your display’s screen turns off sooner than you’d expect. Isn’t it? So, here are ways you can change the screen timeout in Windows 11.

Want to change the screen timeout time of Windows 11? But why would you want to do that? Often when you leave your PC idle, the screen goes blank. You then have to unlock your PC by entering the passcode or PIN. This can sometimes be frustrating. In this post, we’ll talk about ways you can make your Windows 11 screen longer.

Normally, Windows 11 turns off your screen after every five minutes while on battery and every fifteen minutes if you have plugged in your laptop for charging. This is good because it saves your laptop’s power. But what if you are constantly on the move? Are working late shifts where you frequently have to take coffee breaks? It would certainly be irritating if you have to move your mouse every now and then to wake your PC up.

5 Ways To Change Screen Timeout In Windows 11

1. Use Settings

You can change the screen timeout from the Settings of your laptop. Here are the steps to do that –

1. Open Settings by pressing Windows + I

2. Select System from the left if not already selected.

3. From the right click on Power & battery

Power & battery

4. Expand the Screen and sleep

Assign time duration under On battery power, turn off my screen after, and When plugged in, turn off my screen after
On battery power

2. Using Control Panel

Control Panel is another way in which you can make your screen stay longer in Windows 11. Here we will be making some tweaks to the “Power Options”. Here are the steps to do that –

  1. In the Windows search bar, type Control and click on Open from the right.
  2. Click the View by dropdown and change it to Category
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound.
    Hardware and Sound
  4. Click on Power Options
  5. Under Choose or customize a power plan, click on Change plan settings.
    Change plan settings
  6. Click on the On battery and Plugged in dropdowns and assign a time duration
  7. Click on Save to save the changes.

3. Use The Terminal To Change The Screen Timeout

This step is for more advanced users. You can change the screen timeout duration of your PC or laptop via your Windows Terminal –

  1. Right-click on the Windows search bar and click on Terminal.
  2. Copy and paste the command mentioned below in order to change the screen timeout.

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 60

Terminal To Change The Screen

Here replace the number 60 with the number of seconds after which you want the timeout to take place.

3. Press Enter

4. Use Advanced Power Options

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys.
  2. In the dialog box, type control.exe powercfg.cpl
  3. When the Power Options window appears, expand the Display option and then the Turn off display after option.
  4. Specify time duration next to On battery and Plugged in.
  5. Click on OK

5. Modify Registry

Lastly, you can change the screen timeout in Windows 11 by making some changes to your registry. Here we would recommend that you back up your registry as a wrong step here can leave your PC inoperable.

  1. Again open the Run dialog box as shown above.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. When the Registry Editor opens navigate to the following registry –Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7
    Registry Editor
  4. On the right, locate Attributes and right-click on it and select Modify.
  5. In the Value data field, type 2
  6. Press OK

Wrapping Up

We hope that you have been able to change the screen timeout of your Windows 11 computer as per your liking. And, if you found the information in this post helpful, do let us know in the comments section below. We regularly come up with more such information – troubleshooting guides, app listicles, and other interesting tech content. Love tech just as we do? You can bookmark this page and share it with your friends.

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