How to turn off game mode on Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a “game mode” activated by default, which automatically optimizes your system for games when it detects a game in progress. It usually works fine, but if it’s causing performance problems, you can just turn it off. Here is how.

What is the game mode?

Game mode is a special mode that prioritizes game processes as they run, so ideally they can run faster and with fewer performance issues. Game mode also temporarily prevents Windows Update from installing drivers (which could interrupt your gameplay) or asking you to restart your PC. The function was created with the Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017.

The game mode can very rarely Cause performance problems when in use. If so, you can simply turn it off in Settings. Otherwise, it’s safe to leave Game Mode enabled, as it will only be enabled when Windows 11 detects that you are playing a game.

What is Game Mode in Windows 10 Creators Update?

How to turn off game mode in Windows 11

First, open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + i. Or you can right-click the Start button on your system tray and select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

In the settings in the sidebar, click on “Gaming” and then select “Game mode”.

In Settings, click Games, then select Game Mode.


In the game mode settings, click the switch next to “Game mode” to toggle it to “Off”.

Set the switch next to

Thereafter, close Settings. If you ever want to turn Game Mode back on, just go to Settings> Game Mode and toggle “Game Mode” to “On”. Have fun playing!

Did you know already? Windows 10 PCs have “game mode” by default

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