FIX: Windows 10 won’t put monitor to sleep

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Sleep is as important to us as it is to our electronics: it gives time to rest and save on power.
  • If the screen won't turn off after a specified time, give these tested fixes a try.
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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. It was actually put on computers for the sake of preserving battery life while solving energy waste issues.

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.

So what happens when the Windows screen is not turning off?

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 it’s best if it does it automatically.

What can I do if Windows 10 monitor won’t 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

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.

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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 the synapse.

Some users have noted that the 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.

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

4. Change Power Plan settings

      • Click Start and select Settings
      • Select System
      • Select Power and Sleep
      • Ensure the Sleep setting is set to the 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.

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.

FAQ: Learn more about sleep mode issues in Windows 10

  • How do I make my screen go to sleep Windows 10?

Outdated drivers may be responsible for the Windows 10 screen sleep not working. Make sure you update them accordingly. Check out more handy fixes in this step-by-step tutorial.

  • Why is sleep mode not working Windows 10?

Firstly, you need to make sure that Sleep Mode is enabled on your PC -> take a look at your Power Plan settings. Get the entire procedure and additional solutions in this easy guide.

  • How do I fix monitor going to sleep?

If your PC monitor won’t wake up from sleep mode, it’s time to run the Power Troubleshooter. Get the detailed steps and more resolution methods from this comprehensive article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in February 2018 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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