Updates to the default Screen and sleep settings now help you use energy more efficiently and extend battery life.

Save energy

We need energy to power our electronic devices. When energy is produced, carbon is often emitted. This is because much of the world’s energy today is created through the burning of fossil fuels.

Microsoft is committed to reducing the environmental impact caused by the energy use of our products, including when devices are idle. With power efficient settings, you don’t need to worry about using energy on your device when it’s idle—Screen and sleep settings will put your device in a low power state while you’re not using it.

Help improve battery life

Lithium-ion batteries age over time, which can result in a battery not holding a charge for as long as it did when it was new. The capacity of lithium-ion cells is reduced after a certain number of times the battery is charged and then discharged. As a result, you’ll need to charge your battery more often, and the overall battery capacity may be lower. Power efficient settings help extend your battery life by minimizing the amount of battery needed to power your device when you’re not using it. These settings turn off your screen and put your device to sleep when not in use. 

Reduce emissions

Because much of our energy today is produced from the burning of fossil fuels, reducing the amount of energy we consume results in fewer carbon emissions. Together, we can help reduce our carbon impact for computers by using power efficient settings.

Updated default Screen and sleep settings

Windows defaults for Screen and sleep have been updated to reduce energy use when your device is idle. The tables below show the new default values for Screen and sleep. To learn how to change the Screen and sleep settings on your Windows computer, see How to adjust power and sleep settings in Windows.

New default settings for modern standby devices

Screen and sleep setting for modern standby devices

Original setting (in minutes)

Adjusted setting (in minutes)

On battery power, turn off my screen after

4

3

When plugged in, turn off my screen after

10

5

On battery power, put my device to sleep after

4

3

When plugged in, put my device to sleep after

10

5

New default settings for S3 devices

Screen and sleep setting for S3 devices

Original setting (in minutes)

Adjusted setting (in minutes)

On battery power, turn off my screen after

5

3

When plugged in, turn off my screen after

10

5

On battery power, put my device to sleep after

15

10

When plugged in, put my device to sleep after

30

15

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