Cannot wake your Windows 10 PC from hibernation using your keyboard or mouse? Here's how to fix this problem.

Sleep mode is a handy power option for your computer because you can pick up right where you left off. Usually, all you have to do is press a keyboard key or move your mouse to wake your PC from sleep.

But what if they don't work? You can always turn it on with the power button, but using your peripherals is more convenient. If your keyboard and mouse won't wake your Windows 10 computer from hibernation, do the following.

How to wake up your computer with keyboard or mouse in Windows 10

If your mouse or keyboard doesn't wake your PC from sleep, you'll need to check an option to confirm that it is allowed. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button or press Win + open the main user menu. Choose Device manager.

  2. You will see a list of categories for the devices connected to your PC. If you cannot wake your PC from hibernation using the keyboard, click the arrow next to Keyboards.

  3. This list shows one or more entries for your PC keyboard. Double click on the individual elements one after the other and select them Power management Tab above. If you don't see this tab for a particular entry, move on to the next.

  4. On every entry Power management Make sure the Let this device wake up the computer Check box is activated. click OK When you're done, make sure you do this for all of the entries.

  5. Your keyboard should now wake your PC from sleep.

  6. Repeat these steps for the Mice and other pointing devices Category in Device Manager if you have a problem with your mouse that won't wake your PC from sleep.

Be careful when using these options with a laptop. If you've plugged in a wireless mouse and forgot to turn it off, you can accidentally wake your laptop from hibernation while it's in a bag. This can generate a lot of heat and damage your computer if left for some time.

Other fixes if the keyboard and mouse won't wake your PC

The steps above should allow your PC to wake up from hibernation in most cases. If you still have problems, there are a few other points to check.

If you don't see that Power management If you press a tab on one of your keyboards or mice, your hardware either doesn't support waking your computer from hibernation or you haven't installed the correct drivers. Please see our Update Windows Driver Guide for help on getting the latest drivers.

It might sound obvious too, but make sure your keyboard and mouse are working properly overall. Of course, if they suddenly stop doing anything, they won't wake your PC from sleep.

Read More: Laptop Keyboard Not Working? Tips on how to fix it

Prevent your PC from turning off USB ports

There is also a chance that your computer may reduce power to its USB ports while it is sleeping. In these cases, the signal will not be received when you move the mouse or press a key. To fix this, go back to Device Manager and expand that Universal serial bus controller Section.

As before, double-click each entry and check the Power management Deactivate tab Have the computer turn off this unit to save power For each entry, check if that solves the problem.

You should also check a setting in your PC's power plan that allows USB ports to be turned off. Go to Settings> System> Power & Sleep and click on Additional energy settings On the right side. If you don't see it, expand the Settings window horizontally until it appears.

On the resulting Control Panel page, click Change plan settings right of your current plan. Then choose Change the advanced power settings to open a window with more options. In this window, expand USB settings, then USB selective suspend setting. Change this drop-down list to Deactivated and hit OK.

This prevents your system from turning off USB ports to save power. This should help it wake up from hibernation more reliably with its keyboard and mouse.

For bluetooth mice and keyboards

If you are using a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, your computer may not receive Bluetooth signals while it sleeps. You cannot optimize this in Device Manager. So it is best to update your bluetooth driver or consider a newer bluetooth adapter with better power management.

Read more: Bluetooth not working on Windows 10? Ways to Resolve Pairing Problems

Easily wake your computer from sleep

Hopefully now, by pressing a key or moving your mouse, you can wake your computer from sleep. Problems usually arise with USB power management which you can use the above problems to fix.

Unfortunately, this isn't the only problem you may encounter with sleep mode in Windows 10, either.

How to fix Windows 10 sleep issues

Here are some troubleshooting steps if you need to know how to fix hibernation issues in Windows 10.

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Ben Stegner
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Ben is the Assistant Editor and Onboarding Manager at MakeUseOf. He left his IT job to write full-time in 2016 and has never looked back. For over six years he has been a professional writer covering technical tutorials, video game recommendations, and more.

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