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How to Enable Hybrid Sleep on a Laptop

Jul 6, 2023

What is Hybrid Sleep

Hybrid Sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers, so it is enabled by default on Windows desktops. If you have a laptop, you will need to enable it manually then, which is going to be discussed in this post.

So, what is Hybrid Sleep on earth? Hybrid Sleep mode is a power-saving state that combines the benefits of both Sleep mode and Hibernate mode, also known as the Advanced Sleep mode. That is why if you want to enable Hybrid Sleep, you will need to enable Hibernate on your laptop first.

Why should enable Hybrid Sleep

In Hybrid Sleep mode, the Windows system of both desktop and laptop computers put the current work, for example any open documents or programs in the RAM as well as Hibernate file (Hiberfil.sys) on the hard disk. This makes it possible to restore all the work from the hard disk even if a power cut occurs. Hybrid Sleep won’t turn off the computer, instead, it puts the computer Sleep to boot back up and resume the work quickly.

It also puts the computer into a low-power state. That way, saves more power and extends the life of the battery.

When you want to complete other tasks away from your computer, like taking a break and having a lunch, or taking the laptop outside with you, and you want to resume your work quickly, Hybrid Sleep is the best option when the computer is idle.

How to enable Hybrid Sleep

These steps below should largely work the same in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 to help you enable Hybrid Sleep mode on your computer.

Step 1. Enable Hibernate in CMD

To enable Hybrid Sleep, you need to enable Hibernate on your laptop first. By entering a code in the CMD, you can enable Hibernation feature on your Windows.

Step 2. Enable Standby (3) in Group Policy Editor

Hybrid Sleep requires Memory, so in order to enable it only, you must make Standby (3) available which stands for shutting down the CPU along with all power consuming components and peripherals while data keep retaining in the RAM.

  • Search and select Edit group policy from Start to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate to the following location:


  • On the right panel, you will see Allow standby states (S1-S3) when sleeping (plugged in) & (on battery) not configured by default. Enable both two of them by double-clicking on them and select Enabled on the pages that pop up. Remember to click Apply and then OK to make changes happen.

Step 3. Allow hybrid sleep in Control Panel

The last step you need is to change power settings in Control Panel.

  • Change View by to Large icons and select Power Options.
  • Click Change plan settings.
  • Click advanced power settings.
  • Now you will have Power Options window opened. Open the drop-down menu of Sleep and continue opening Allow hybrid sleep. Switch the toggles of both On battery as well as Plugged in to On. Click Apply and then OK.

Now Hybrid Sleep mode is enabled on your computer. Simply selecting Sleep in Power every time will directly switch to Hybrid Sleep. If you find this helpful, please visit WiseCare Think Tank to get more Windows tips.