What Is Efficiency Mode and How to Enable It in Windows 11

Have you ever felt like your Windows PC is running slower than it used to or that your laptop is rapidly consuming the battery? Well, there’s good news. You can get rid of all such issues by enabling the Efficiency Mode.

But what is Efficiency Mode in Windows 11, and how to enable it? Let’s find out in this article.

What Is Efficiency Mode in Windows 11

Efficiency Mode is an incredible Windows feature that is part of Microsoft’s Sustainable Software initiative. It was introduced in the Windows 11 22H2 update. When enabled, it can reduce the CPU load of the apps in use. Less load on the CPU will lower your laptop fan noise, enhance thermal performance, and prevent faster battery drain.

Enabling Efficiency Mode for an app lowers its priority in Windows, freeing up CPU resources that can be allocated to other important applications. This allocation helps ensure that resources are distributed appropriately to conserve battery life.

Prerequisites to Enable Efficiency Mode in Windows 11

Enabling efficiency mode in Windows 11 is a cakewalk. You just need to ensure your computer runs Windows 11 22H2 or a later version. To check that, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Choose System from the left sidebar and About option from the right pane.

About option in the Settings app

You can check the installed Windows version under the Windows specification section. If it says 22H2, you’re all set to use the Efficiency Mode.

Windows specifications section in Settings

However, if you see an older Windows version like 21H2, you will have to update Windows. To update Windows, launch the Settings app, choose Windows Update from the left sidebar, and then click the Check for Updates button in the right pane.

Check for Updates option in Windows Settings

Windows will now look for and download any available updates. After downloading, you might need to restart your computer to complete the installation of the update.

How to Turn On Efficiency Mode in Windows 11

Now that you’ve Windows 11 22H2 update installed, you’re all set to use Efficiency Mode on your computer. Here’s how to enable it:

Step 1: Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut to open the Task Manager.

Note: You can also try other ways to launch the Task Manager.

Step 2: On the Process tab, locate the application for which you want to enable the Efficiency Mode. We recommend enabling it for applications that consume a lot of CPU resources.

CPU section in Task Manager

Step 3: Select that application and click the Efficiency Mode option at the top-right corner.

Efficiency Mode option in Task Manager

Step 4: Click OK on the prompt that crops up.

OK option in Task Manager

You’ll see a green leaf next to the application name indicating the Efficiency Mode. However, if the application starts misbehaving after enabling the Efficiency Mode, consider disabling it.

Green leaf option in Task Manager

To turn off Efficiency Mode in Windows 11, launch the Task Manager, select the application, and click the Efficiency Mode option at the top right corner.

Disabling Efficiency Mode in Task Manager

How to Turn On Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is known for hogging the CPU and consuming battery rapidly. To tackle this issue, Edge introduced an Efficiency Mode feature, which automatically puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity.

You can enable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge by following these steps:

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Edge browser, click on the three horizontal dots at the top-right corner, hover the cursor to More tools and choose Performance.

More tools option in Edge

Step 2: Enable the toggle next to Efficiency mode.

Efficiency Mode toggle in Edge

How to Fix Efficiency Mode Greyed Out in Windows 11

Is the Efficiency Mode option greyed out on your computer? It’s a very common situation that usually occurs with certain types of applications.

Efficiency Mode doesn’t work for process groups, UWP apps, and Windows services. The option will be greyed for these apps and services.

For instance, if you’ve selected the Settings app (UWP app) in the Task Manager, you’ll see Efficiency Mode greyed out. Similarly, the option will be greyed out for process groups like Terminal.

Efficiency Mode option greyed out in Task Manager

However, you can still run process groups in Efficiency Mode. To do that, click the drop-down icon next to the process group, and turn on Efficiency Mode for each process individually.

Efficiency Mode option of process groups in Task manager

Save CPU Resources

It’s common for applications to consume a lot of CPU resources and quickly drain the battery. But now, you can prevent that by enabling Efficiency Mode on your computer. Go through the above guide to learn more about that.

Last updated on 02 May, 2023

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