How to Set the Hibernation Time in Windows 11

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The Windows 11 logo on a blue background

You can change a Windows 11 PC’s hibernation time in the Control Panel’s advanced power plan settings. In the Power Options window, configure the time under “Hibernate After.” You can set different hibernate times for a PC on battery and when it’s plugged in.

Want to specify or change the time your Windows 11 PC must be inactive before it enters hibernation mode? If so, it’s quick and easy to make that change on your computer. You can specify a custom time for when your machine is plugged in and when it’s on battery. Here’s how.

Note: Not all Windows 11 PCs support hibernation. If you don’t find the option while following this guide, your PC doesn’t support the feature.

Set or Change the Hibernation Time in Windows 11

To begin the hibernation time change process, first, open Control Panel on your Windows 11 PC. You can do this by opening the “Start” menu, searching for “Control Panel,” and selecting the app in the search results.

Control panel inside Windows 11 search results

In Control Panel, head to Hardware and Sound > Power Options. Then, next to your power plan, choose “Change Plan Settings.”

Tip: If you have multiple power plans, choose the option next to the plan with the checked radio box. That’s your current power plan.

Plan settings inside Power Options on Windows 11 PC

On the following page, select “Change Advanced Power Settings.”

Advanced Power Settings on Windows 11 PC

A “Power Options” window will open. Here, expand Sleep > Hibernate After.

Sleep and hibernation settings on Windows 11 PC

In the expanded “Hibernate After” menu, you’ll see two options:

  • On Battery: To specify when your PC enters hibernation mode when it’s using battery charge, select this option.
  • Plugged In: To tell your PC when to enter hibernation mode when it’s plugged in, select this option.

After you’ve specified the time, at the bottom of the “Power Options” window, click “Apply” followed by “OK.”

Hibernation time options on Windows 11 PC

And that’s it. Your Windows 11 PC will now only enter hibernation after your specified inactive period has passed. You’re all set.

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