How To Put Apps To Sleep In Windows 11/10

We all like our apps and programs to work smoothly and efficiently. But sometimes, certain apps can start to hog resources and slow down our computers.

If you’re finding that an app is making your PC run sluggishly, you can use the Task Manager to sleep the app and give your system a much-needed break.

Unless you’re like me, you probably have several apps open anytime. And while that can help get work done, it can also be a little overwhelming. Let’s find out the best way to manage all those open apps and how to put apps to sleep in Windows 11/10.

Put Apps To Sleep In Windows

How to Put Apps to Sleep in Windows 11/10 – Step by Step Guide

Windows 11 has a new power-saving feature that allows you to put apps to sleep. This can help save battery life and improve performance.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to put apps to sleep in Windows 11.

  1. Press the Windows + I key on your keyboard to launch the Settings app.
  2. Click on System -> Power & Sleep.
Power Settings In Windows
  1. Under the Sleep section, you will see an option called “App sleep settings”. Click on it.
  2. You will see a list of many apps installed on your computer. For each app, there are three options – “Never”, “After 1 minute”, and “After 3 minutes”.

Choose the option that you want for each app. If you want an app to never go to sleep, select the “Never” option for that app.

If you want an app to go to sleep after 1 minute of inactive, select the “After 1-minute” option for that app. And if you want an app to go to sleep after 3 minutes of idle, select the “After 3 minutes” option for that app.

How to put background and Startup services to sleep:

Windows keeps many services running in the background even when you’re not using them. These include everything from system processes to app notifications.

While most of these are essential for the proper functioning of your PC, some may not always be required.

For example, you may not need app notifications while working on something important. Or, you may want to put certain apps to sleep when they’re not in use to conserve battery power on your laptop.

If you want more control over which apps are put to sleep, you can use a third-party application like InsomniaX or AmphetaDesk. These apps allow you to put any app to sleep and prevent your computer from going to sleep when specific applications are running.

Windows 11 Sleep mode not working?

There are chances that on a few occasions, even after sending the sleep command to Windows, it doesn’t go to sleep mode.

In this scenario, we have to look for a few of the below options that sometimes causes this issue:

Disable Hybrid Sleep Mode:

  • Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Edit Plan Settings
Power Edit Option
  • In the edit settings, select the change advanced power settings button
  • Under sleep option-> Allow Hybrid sleep from the list -> change settings to off
  • Now under Media settings -> when sharing media -> allow computer to sleep -> apply-ok
Modify Power Saver

Disable Fast Startup:

  • Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options
  • Edit Plan Settings -> Change settings that are currently unavailable
  • Uncheck the turn on fast Startup -> save changes option

Check Energy Request:

  • In the search bar -> Type cmd -> right click “Run as administrator”
  • Type the below command at the cmd and press Enter to run: powercfg /requests
  • After executing the above command, if any problematic app appears, disable the app from Task Manager and put the system to sleep mode.
Energy Request Command

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Related Questions:

What is App Sleep?

App Sleep is a new Windows 11 that allows you to put apps to sleep when they’re not in use, thereby saving battery life.

When an app is put to sleep on your PC, it will not be able to run in the background or receive push notifications.

You can manually put an app to sleep or allow Windows 11 to do it automatically when your device is inactive for some time.

How do I put an app to sleep?

You can manually put an app to sleep by going to the settings > System > Battery Saver and selecting the “App Sleep” tab. All your apps will be listed here, and you can toggle them on or off as you desire.

You can also allow Windows 11 to automatically put apps to sleep when your device is inactive for some time by going to the settings > System > Battery Saver and selecting the “Automatically enter App Sleep mode” option.

Can I Wake Up a Sleeping App?

Launching a sleeping app from the Start Menu or Taskbar can wake you up. The app will then remain active until you close it or it becomes inactive again.

Alternatively, you can go to the settings > System > Battery Saver and select the “Wake up apps” option, allowing all sleeping apps to be woken up periodically to check for updates and notifications.

Putting apps to sleep can help free up memory and allow the device to run more smoothly. This, in turn, increases the life of OS and keeps them up and running for a long time. Please let us know your experience putting apps to sleep in Windows 11/10 in the comment section below.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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