What is Energy Saver on Windows 11, and how do I enable it?

Windows 11 includes a new feature to reduce power consumption and extend battery life, and here's how to enable it.

Windows 11 Energy Saver
Windows 11 Energy Saver / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To enable Every Saver on Windows 11, open Settings > System > Power & battery (Power), and turn on the “Always use energy saver” toggle switch or set the battery level to turn on the feature automatically.
  • The feature is available on Windows 11 24H2 and higher releases and replaces “Battery Saver.”

On Windows 11, you can enable the “Energy Saver” feature to save electricity and conserve battery life on laptops and desktop computers, even without a battery.

What is Energy Saver on Windows 11?

“Energy Saver” is a new power-saving mode available on Windows 11 24H2 that replaces the existing “Battery Saver” mode. It helps extend a device’s battery life and reduces energy usage on computers without a battery.

The feature is based on the legacy “Battery Saver” and “Power mode,” meaning that the new feature combines both modes to extend battery life and reduce energy consumption by trading off system performance.

When turning on the feature, Windows 11 will use a power mode that is best for efficiency and turn off specific features (such as fancy visual effects like transparency) and background services. It will also lower the screen brightness since the display usually uses the most energy.

In this guide, I will outline how to enable the energy-saving feature on Windows 11 version 24H2 and higher releases.

Enable Energy Saver on Windows 11

You can enable and configure Energy Saver in two ways, depending on the device’s hardware. 

For PCs with battery

To enable Energy Saver on laptops or desktops with battery backup, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Power & battery page.

  4. Click the Energy Saver setting.

  5. (Option 1) Specify the battery level to enable the energy-saving feature automatically. For example, 30 percent.

    PC with battery enable Energy Saver

  6. (Option 2) Turn on the “Always use energy saver” toggle switch to manually enable the feature.

  7. Turn on the “Lower screen brightness when using every saver” toggle switch.

Once you complete the steps, the energy-saver feature will turn on according to your configuration.

For PCs without battery

To enable Energy Saver on PCs without battery, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Power page.

  4. Click the Energy Saver setting.

  5. Turn on the “Always use energy saver” toggle switch to manually enable the feature.

    PC without battery enable Energy Saver

After you complete the steps, Windows 11 will turn on the Energy Saver mode on the computer.

Alternatively, in either case, whether you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, you can also turn the feature from the Quick Settings flyout by clicking the network and volume icons or using the “Windows key + A” keyboard shortcut and toggling the “Energy Saver” button on or off.

Quick Settings with Every Saver toggle
Quick Settings with Every Saver toggle

You can also notice that the power-saving feature is enabled because of the “leafs” (without battery) or “leafs + battery” (with battery) icon that appears in the System Tray.

If you don’t find the option, you will have to scroll down the page since the Quick Settings interface has been updated with the release of version 24H2.

It’s important to note that while “Battery Saver” is no longer available in the operating system, “Power mode” is still a feature. However, you can only use it when “Energy Saver” is disabled.

Other energy saver tips 

In addition to this feature, you can extend your computer’s battery life and reduce power consumption by adjusting some settings. For example, you can:

Energy Saver is one of the many features and changes available with version 24H2. As part of this release, Microsoft will be rolling out many new features, especially features focusing on AI, including Super Resolution, Voice Clarity, Speak to Me, and AI Explorer. You will find improvements for File Explorer with a new compression wizard, the ability to use the Sudo command, and support for hearing aids devices, Wi-Fi 7, and a lot more.

The Windows 11 2024 Update (version 2024) will become available sometime in June 2024 for new ARM-based devices, and everyone else will start getting it at one point in September 2024.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].