Power settings

How to change power mode on Windows 11

You can improve battery life or system performance by changing the power mode, and here's how to complete this task on Windows 11.

Windows 11 power modes

On Windows 11, a power mode (or plan) is a group of specific hardware and system settings (such as screen brightness, sleep, and others) that controls the use of energy on a computer.

By default, Windows 11 uses a “balanced” power mode that automatically balances performance with energy consumption on capable hardware. However, depending on your device or situation, you can change the power mode to save energy (and battery life) or increase performance at the cost of more energy consumption.

In previous versions, you were able to set the preferred power plan from the Battery button in the taskbar. However, on Windows 11, you can only configure these settings from the Settings app or Control Panel.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the power mode on a laptop or desktop running Windows 11.

Change power mode via Settings on Windows 11

To select a different power mode on Windows 11 through the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Power (or Power & battery) page on the right side.

    Power settings page
    Power settings page
  4. In the “Power mode” setting, select the mode to use on Windows 11, including: 

    • Best power efficiency – saves energy by reducing the device performance when possible.
    • Balanced – automatically balances performance with energy consumption on capable hardware.
    • Best performance – offers the most performance, but it uses more energy.

    Power mode options
    Power mode options

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will control the power consumption based on the mode you selected offering more performance, better battery life, or a balance between performance and energy.

Change power mode via Control Panel on Windows 11

To change the power plan through Control Panel on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.

  3. Click on Power Options.

    Control Panel power options
    Control Panel power options
  4. Under the “Preferred plans” section, select the power mode for Windows 11, including:

    • Balanced – automatically balances performance with energy consumption on capable hardware.
    • Power saver – saves energy by reducing the device performance when possible.

    Control Panel power plans
    Control Panel power plans
  5. (Optional) Under the “Show additional plans” section, select the High performance mode, which offers the most performance, but uses more energy.

After you complete the steps, the device will start using the plan you selected.