Is Hibernate Mode Better Than Sleep Mode?

By Deepak Saxena November 1, 2016 Tech Tips

Every time you take a break from using your laptop, do you shut it down or let it go to sleep or hibernate?

Well, honestly, it’s not a good idea to turn it off all the way if you are going to return to your laptop soon enough. We would suggest putting it on hibernate mode and the natural question that you might ask following this suggestion is “Why not sleep/standby then?”

Let me explain: Putting your System to sleep doesn’t mean that it won’t consume battery. Sure, it’s great to start from where you left you by tapping a key (rather than rebooting) but if you don’t keep your laptop plugged in to the power source during Sleep Mode, you might just return to a completely dead one.

Contrary to this, during the Hibernate Mode, your machine’s current state is written to a temporary hard-drive file, and then your system shuts down completely. When you turn it on again, your system loads the files automatically and returns you to the spot where you left off. In short, you don’t need to boot your System.

Now putting your system to hibernate mode and bringing it back to life again takes a wee bit more than standby/sleep mode. Usually about 10-20 seconds, which is not really a big thing. On the upside, you can avoid any problems that your PC might face if it suddenly loses power.

Unless you have shock absorber or stabilizer pre-installed installed for your Laptop power source, it’s always wise to leave it on hibernate mode, if you are taking a break.

Below is a brief tutorial on how you can put your laptop to Hibernate mode:

  1. Click on the Start menu, you will find a small arrow with the Shut Down button.
  2. When you take your cursor to the arrow the last option will be hibernating.
  3. Simply click on it to put your computer on hibernate mode.

After a few seconds, your laptop will be on Hibernate Mode. To get back to the point where you left off, just press the power button and Windows will automatically load the files and/or browsers that you were working on.

If you want, you can also set auto Hibernate Mode in your laptop. This means if you have forgotten to turn off your laptop it will go to Hibernate Mode by default after a certain period. You can choose to set-up the time after which you want your System to go to Hibernate Mode.

Here is how you can do this

  1. Go to Control panel > System and security > Power Options > Change plan Settings> Change Advanced Power Setting.
  1. Next, you will see another window. Here, you will find a drop down list. Click on the ‘Hibernate after’ and set the time after which you would want your laptop to go in to Hibernate Mode. Click on ‘OK’ to set the time.

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Deepak Saxena

"Deepak Saxena is a writer and blogger for The Phone Support. He loves to explore hidden features of the devices around him. Many of his articles are helpful to troubleshoot tech relates issues. Being a technical writer he keeps an eye on emerging technical trends and new features or updates releasing on daily basis. His articles are well to do for both tech savvy and non tech savvy audience."