Quite often we charge our phones by connecting them to our laptops, it works fine as long as we are using our laptops but once we close the lid and put it into sleep then the charging also stops. In this guide we will learn charge our phones from the laptop even if it’s in sleep.

Today everything is on the go and although our smartphones have dramatically improved through the years but the battery is still a problem. Our phones struggle to get us through the entire day on a single charge. While on the road users are opting for the power banks and as they are cheap they do the trick. But you can also do the same from your laptops.

Charge your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone when your PC is sleeping

We are well aware of the fact the phones can be charge while running but most users don’t know that it can also charge while in sleep mode.

With default settings the USB ports won’t provide power for charging, you need to change the default power settings of USB as well as BIOS/UEFI in order to charge your phone in sleep mode.

The important thing is it won’t start charging your phone when your laptop is sleep mode. You need to connect your phone while your laptop is running and then it’ll continue charging when you put it in sleep.

Then while in sleep mode if you disconnect your phone and then connect it won’t charge again.

Method 1

Make changes to USB Root Hub settings

Step 1: Open Device Manager by either typing it in the search box in the start or pressing logo + R to open. Type Devmgmt.msc and then press Enter.


Step 2: Now expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers to see all the USB controllers.


 Step 3: Right-click on USB hub and open properties.


Step 4: Now go under the Power Management tab and uncheck the option labelled Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.


Click OK to save changes.

If you have multiple USB Hub entries under Universal Serial Bus Controllers, you need to follow the instructions in Step 3 and Step 4 for all USB Root Hubs.

Method 2

Change USB power settings under BIOS/UEFI

If the above method hasn’t had the desired effect it is because Always on USB feature is turned off under BIOS/UEFI settings. Follow the given method to alter those settings.

Step 1: Reboot your laptop and press the appropriate keys to enter the BIOS/UEFI.

Step 2: Go to USB settings.

Step 3: Under USB settings you will the option labelled Always on USB or something similar to that. Enable this option to keep the ports enabled even at low power stats.


Step 4: On some laptops, you might see an option labelled Charge in battery mode under USB settings of BIOS. As the name of the option might suggest, if the Charge in battery mode is enabled, you will be able to charge your external device even when your laptop is running on battery. This might drain your laptop’s battery fast but if you plan to charge your phone on the go using your laptop, you must enable this option.


Step 5: Now save the changes. Changes re saved most commonly by pressing F10 key, if this doesn’t work refer to your user manual.

Step 6: Now boot into your Windows, connect your phone and put your laptop in sleep mode. The charging should continue.

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