How to enable Hibernate mode on Windows 11

How to enable Hibernate mode on Windows 11

Have you ever feels tedious when you need to open several programs on each day monrning on your Windows device? Epecially your work requires to operate multiple programs simultaneously, in that case, you need to enable Hibernate mode on your Windows device. By enabling Hibernate, you can seamlessly perserve your work environment while conserving power, which you may save all opened programs when you’re off work then returning back on next day morning. This also helps when your Windows laptop about to running out of battery to perverses all your work.In this article, I’ll demonstrate with detailed steps to enable Hibernate mode on your Windows 11 device.


There is not prerequisite for enable Hibernate mode. The steps introduced below are works for:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 11
  • Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

Ways to enable Hibernate mode on Windows

There two ways to enable Hibernate mode on your Windows devices:

  1. Enable via Control Panel (the GUI way, that’s what I called as it intend for most of users)
  2. Enable via Powercfg command. (the command way for advance users)

Enable Hibernate mode via Control Panel

To enable Hibernate mode via Control Panel simple by follow below steps:

1.Click the Start menu > type “Control Panel” > select it from the results.

2.Once opened up Control Panel > change view to “Large icons” from to upper-right corner > select “Power Options”.

3.On the Power Options page, select “Choose what the power buttons do” or “Choose what closing the lid does”.

4.Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.

5.Select “Hibernate” under the Shutdown settings section > click “Save changes”.

6.Then when you heading to the Start menu > click Power > you will see Hibernate option available.

Enable Hibernate via Powercfg command

Powercfg command is used to control power plans (also called power schemes) on Windows. Using Powercfg along with available options can control the power states of individual devices, or to generate reports about device’s battery usage.

To enable Hibernate, there four syntaxes associated with Powercfg command:

  • Powercfg /hibernate  -> Base command.
  • Powercfg /hibernate [on | off]  -> Enable or disable the hibernate feature
  • Powercfg /hibernate [/size percent_size] -> Specifies the desired hiberfile size as a percentage of the total memory size. By default the size cannot be smaller than 50.
  • Powercfg /hibernate [/type reduced |full] -> Specifies the desired hiberfile type. A reduced hiberfile only supports hiberboot.

In general, using “Powercfg /hibernate [on | off]” to enable or disable hibernate mode on Windows device unless you have other demands. Refer to below steps:

1.Press “Windows logo key + X” > select “Terminal (Admin)” to open CMD or PowerShell window.

2.Type “Powercfg /hibernate on” and press enter key to enable Hibernate mode, for disable change on to off.

3.Then when you heading to the Start menu > click Power > you will see Hibernate option available.

4.If that’s your first time to enable Hibernate mode on your Windows devices, you won’t see the Hibernate option in Power menu. To do this heading to the Control Panel > Power Options > “Change settings that are currently unavailable” > select “Hibernate”.

How Hibernate mode works

When you enable Hibernate on your Windows devices, all of files loaded in RAM will be save on to your SSD/HDD with a file named “Hiberfil.sys” and located in the root folder of the drive which is the OS installed. The size of this file is approximately equal to how much RAM (random access memory) is installed on your computer.

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