Monitor won’t sleep off due to applications running | powercfg

Recently I’ve started leaving my security cameras live stream via Chrome (Unifi Protect) visible at all times on one of my monitors. It’s been great but the issue is my monitors won’t turn off at night.

After some digging I cam across this nifty little command.

powercfg /option [arguments] [/?]

Open up powershell (run it as admin) and run the following command to view what’s currently preventing the computer from turning off the display/sleeping.

powercfg -requests
List off applications prevent the computer to enter power savings

So from the list I can see chrome.exe is keeping the device awake due to video steaming. Normally it makes sense you wouldn’t want your PC to sleep while watching Netflix or other stream services.

Now that I know the process you can run the following command to bypass the setting.

PowerCFG -RequestsOverride PROCESS chrome.exe DISPLAY

Tip: There are 3 different power request types. You can add all 3 or just the one you need. DISPLAY, SYSTEM or AWAYMODE.

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Cory Fiala

Technology and outdoor enthusiast. Currently the sole systems administrator for a local K-12 school district with 800+ staff and 5,500+ students. I support windows servers, Linux systems (FreeBSD and Ubuntu), along with vSphere (4 node cluster). 60+ virtual machines and 8 physical servers. This doesn't include my personal homelab.

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