What is standby for laptops

Instead of turning your laptop off completely, you can choose to put it into standby mode, also known as sleep mode. Read more about the pros and cons of using standby.

Overview

Rather than turning off the entire laptop, including the display, hard drive, and other internal devices such as optical drives, standby mode puts your computer into a power-saving state. Any open documents or programs are stored in the system’s random access memory (RAM) when the computer goes into ‘sleep mode.

What do we like?

The main advantage is that once you start your laptop from standby, it only takes a few seconds to get back to what you were working on. You don’t have to wait for the laptop to boot, as you would if the computer was completely turned off. Compared to hibernating, another option to turn off your computer, using standby or hibernation mode, the laptop resumes faster.

What we don’t like

The downside, however, is that standby mode does consume some electricity, as power is required to keep the computer’s state in memory. It uses more power than sleep mode. HowTo Geek notes that the exact amount of power used by Hibernate or Hibernate depends on your computer, but in general, Hibernate uses only a few watts more than Hibernate and if your battery level gets critically low during Hibernate, the computer automatically enters sleep mode to save your computer status. Standby is a good option to save the laptop battery when you are away from your laptop for a short period of time, for example during a lunch break.

How to use

To enter standby mode, click the Windows start button, then Power, and select Hibernate. For other options, such as using the power button on your computer or closing your laptop lid to put it into standby mode, see this help article from Microsoft.

Also known as standby mode or sleep mode.