FIX: Windows 10 won’t put monitor to sleep

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

Sleep is an important part of any electronics’ life as it gives the machine, like your computer, time to rest and save on power when you’re not using it.

The system assumes you’re away and cuts off power to unneeded subsystems, while keeping sufficient power on so you can pick up from where you left on when you resume. It was actually put on computers for the sake of preserving battery life, while solving energy waste issues.

When your computer is asleep, less power is consumed to maintain your work in memory, but it doesn’t drain your battery, but even so, the work is saved to the hard disk.

So what happens when Windows 10 won’t let your monitor sleep?

Well, for one, the battery is drained faster and your computer consumes more energy. You could probably try to manually put it to sleep, but its best if it does it automatically.

If the computer monitor won’t sleep, try the other steps mentioned below.

FIX: Windows 10 won’t let monitor sleep

  1. Update latest drivers
  2. Unplug any devices connected to your computer
  3. Disable USB Selective Suspend setting
  4. Change Power Plan settings
  5. View event logs

Solution 1: Update latest drivers

  • Click Start and then select Settings
  • Click Update and SecurityWindows 10 won't put monitor to sleep
  • Select Windows Update

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

  • Select Check for updates

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

Install the latest drivers along with chipset drivers, firmware and BIOS updates if available.

Some drivers are very hard to be found and you can put your system to a risk while installing the wrong versions. However, you can avoid that by choosing to to it automatically using TweakBit Driver Updater. In addition, this tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automated solution. You can find below a quick guide.

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
    2. driver updater starting windowOnce installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
      tweakbit driver updater scanning
    3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
      tweakbit driver updater scan finished
      Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.

Solution 2: Unplug any devices connected to your computer

Sometimes devices that are connected like USB flash drives, joystick, mouse or keyboard, consoles, and others can cause the computer not to go to sleep mode. This happens due to compatibility issues between the devices and Windows 10. To avoid it, disable the device. If it’s a game controller device, do the following:

      • Right click Start and then select Device Manager

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click Human Interface Devices
      • Click HID Compliant Game controller and disable it

Note: when you disable the game controller, you may lose virtual joystick-related features in synapse.

Some users have noted that Skype app blocks their monitors from going to sleep mode or turning off if open in the taskbar, even if it wasn’t in use. So quit Skype and check if it helps.

Other users have noted that the issue is caused by adware, and when uninstalled, the monitor started behaving normally.

Solution 3: Disable USB Selective Suspend setting

      • Click Start
      • Select Settings
      • Select System

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click Power and Sleep

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Go to Additional Power settings

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click Change Plan settings

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click Change advanced power settings

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click USB settings

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

      • Click USB Selective Suspend Setting and set to Disabled

Windows 10 won't put monitor to sleep

Solution 4: Change Power Plan settings

      • Click Start and select Settings
      • Select System
      • Select Power and Sleep
      • Ensure the Sleep setting is set to a desired value.
      • Go to Additional power settings
      • Select Change Plan Settings next to your option
      • Select Change advanced power settings
      • On the “Power Options” screen, you want to expand each setting and ensure that they allow the computer to go to sleep mode.
      • Set it to Allow the computer to sleep.

Solution 5: View event logs

      • Click Start
      • Search for View event logs in the search bar
      • Start the event logs and wait for them to load
      • Click Windows Logs System
      • Click Filter current logs on the right pane
      • Select Event Source: Power troubleshooting and click OK
      • In the middle, check the event logged when your PC woke up and check the details of the log to find the wake source

Some users have said that TeamViewer causes the monitor not to sleep, so disable all settings related to waking TeamViewer and uninstall the program.

Have any of the above solutions helped fix the problem on your computer? Let us know in the comments section below.