How to Change Power Plan in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change power plan in Windows 11. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. It is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power.

In our previous post, we showed you how to view the active power plan on your Windows 11 device.

Windows 11 has multiple power plans. In some laptops, you’ll find Balance, Power saver, High performance, and Ultimate performance. Each plan provides different performance benefits and other savings including, improved battery life for laptops, reduced power consumptions and more.

How to change device power plan in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 comes with multiple power plans. Each plan provides different performance benefits and other savings including, improved battery life for laptops, reduced power consumptions and more.

Below is how one can change their power plan to optimize their device performance or save battery life.

A quick overview of the different power plans available in Windows 11:

  • Balanced = This plan may be the default setting in most environment.
  • Power saver = Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness to help prolong battery life and consume low energy.
  • High performance = Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan consumes a lot of power and may reduce battery life.
  • Ultimate Performance = Only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations edition by default. 
  • Custom = Plans created by users.

To change your device power plan, first, open the classic Control Panel in Windows 11.

Or click Start and search Control Panel. Under best results, select and open the Control Panel App.

control panel in windows 11 search

Next, click Hardware and Sound, and then select Power Options.

windows 11 hardware and sound control panel

The Power Options Control Panel opens, and the power plans appear. Review each power plan.

Under Choose or customize a power plan, select or change to a plan available on your device. The computer shows an asterisk (*) next to the active power plan.

change power plan in windows 11

That should do it!

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