How to enable Hibernate in Windows 11?

Enable hibernate Windows 11
Enable hibernate Windows 11

By default, Windows computers don’t have hibernate mode turned on. That’s why you can’t find it in the start menu. 

If you want to enable hibernate in Windows 11, then there are two ways to do it. 

You can turn on hibernate from the Control Panel and Command Prompt. Command Prompt is the easiest method if you know the command. Or else, anyone can do it from the control panel. 

Before jumping to the steps, let’s know what is hibernate mode and why you may need it in the first place. 

What is Hibernate mode on Windows? 

Before understanding what Hibernate mode is, you have to understand that the apps you are currently using on your computer, uses the RAM to remember the current state of the apps.

Hibernate mode is a state of a computer that saves the current data of the RAM in a file on the local storage and cuts power from every hardware. This mode is used to quickly start your computer to the state you left. It also saves power. 

Hibernate mode vs Sleep Mode

Windows computers have a sleep mode by default but you have to manually turn on hibernate mode. Ever wondered why these two modes are different? 

Sleep mode is a way to cut power from every hardware except RAM while storing the current state of your computer to the RAM. It’s used to start the computer back to the previous state without consuming much power. 

On the other hand, instead of using RAM, Hibernate uses local storage to write a file that contains the data of RAM. Whenever you come back from Hibernate mode, it collects the data from the Hibernate file and opens everything as it was. 

So, overall Hibernate mode has an edge over Sleep mode. It saves a little bit more power than sleep mode.

How to enable Hibernate mode using Control Panel

The Control Panel in Windows is a powerful tool because you can control pretty much everything on your computer from this panel. It also has the option to enable Hibernate mode. 

Step-1: Go to Windows Search

To go to the Control panel, first of all we need to access the Search feature of Windows. Normally Windows has a search icon displayed on the taskbar. Click on the search icon or press Windows + S at the same time to open the search bar.


Step-2: Go to Control Panel

Write Control in the search bar and it will show the Control Panel in the search result. Click on Control Panel and it will open in a new window.


Step-3: Go to Power Options

By default, the control panel shows categorized settings. So, you will find power options on this page. Click on Hardware and Sound. You will see Power Options, but don’t click on it. Click on Change what the power buttons do.


Step-4: Enable Hibernate mode

You can see that options are not editable and you can’t check the Hibernate option. Because it’s unavailable. To make it available, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable


Now enable Hibernate and click on Save changes button.


Now click on the Windows icon and click on the power icon. You will find the Hibernate option there. 


How to enable Hibernate mode using Command Prompt

Command Prompt is the fastest way to turn on Hibernate if you know the actual command. 

Step-1: Open Command Prompt in Administrator Mode

There are two versions of Command Prompt. Normal Command Prompt and the Command Prompt that runs as administrator. If you need to make any changes to the System, you must use the command prompt as administrator. 

To do so, press Windows + S at the same time and type CMD. Command Prompt will appear on the screen and click on Run as administrator

It will ask for your affirmation, click on Yes

Step-2: Turn on Hibernate


In the CMD, type  powercfg.exe /hibernate on and press Enter. It will immediately enable hibernate on your Windows 11. 

Turning off Hibernate is also super easy. Just run the CMD as administrator and type  powercfg.exe /hibernate off and press Enter. 

Bottom Line

Hibernate mode is a life saver. Because, if you are in the middle of something but need to leave the computer for a while, Shutting Down is never an option.

If you shut down your computer, you have to open every single app manually and go back to the previous state. Which is a painful and time consuming task.

But Hibernate mode is power efficient and saves the copy of your RAM to the hard disk. So, you can come back hours later and start using your computer as it was before going to Hibernate mode.

It’s not enabled by default because sleep mode is there to do the same task. Hibernate mode and sleep mode are almost the same, hibernate mode is just slightly better. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Hibernate mode store the file?

Hiberfil.sys is where Hibernate mode stores the data. It’s located in the root folder where Windows OS is installed. It’s a hidden system file. If you don’t have this file, you can’t go to Hibernate mode.

What is the size of the Hiberfil.sys file?

The size of this file is the size of RAM you have on your computer. As it saves the data of RAM to the local storage, the file cannot have more data than the RAM can store.

Sleep mode vs Hibernate mode, which one is better?

In terms of power efficiency and safety, Hibernate mode is better. Because in Sleep Mode, your RAM is always active. But in Hibernate mode, no hardware is consuming any power at all.

Can I turn off Hibernate mode?

Yes. Turning off hibernate mode is the same as enabling it. Just follow the steps mentioned above and you will find the options to disable it.

How can I activate Hibernate mode?

To activate Hibernate mode on your computer, click on the Windows icon and then click on the power icon. You will find Hibernate there and click on it to activate it.

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