How To Disable USB Selective Suspending Setting

USB Selective Suspending feature is interfering or causing issues? Here is how to disable USB Selective Suspending settings in Windows 10.

What is USB Selective Suspending setting?

Starting from Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new (kind of modified from earlier versions) feature called USB Selective Suspending. As the feature name implies, it allows Windows to automatically suspend an unused or idle USB port in a hub driver without affecting other USB ports’ functionality. The feature is mainly intended for portable devices like laptops, where reducing power consumption and conserving battery backup time is essential. If you are wondering, even if a USB port is suspended, it will be activated automatically as soon as required.

Though the USB Selective Suspending feature is quite useful, there will be situations where it can cause issues with the USB functionality. For example, the USB port might get stuck in a suspended state, and other USB devices are not compatible with the USB Selective Suspending feature, Windows is wrongly suspending a USB port even when it is in use, etc.

Can I turn off USB Selective Suspending setting

No matter the reason, if you are facing problems with USB devices or USB ports, it is a good idea to turn off or disable the USB Selective Suspending feature. After all, USB power consumption and battery drain are pretty minor.

Without delay, let me show you how to disable the USB Selective Suspending feature in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Note: The steps shown below are in Windows 10, but they also work in Windows 11.

Disable USB Selective Suspending setting

You have to change the Windows Power Plan settings to turn off or disable the USB Selective Suspending setting. Here is where to find and change the option.

Step 1: First, we need to open the Control Panel. By searching for “Control Panel” in the Start menu or executing the “control” Run command, you can do that.

open control panel

Step 2: After open the Control Panel window, select “Large icons” from the “View by” dropdown menu. Next, find and click on the “Power Options” setting in the Control Panel window.

change view by in control panel to large icons

Step 3: The above action will open the Windows Power Plan settings page. Here, click the “Change plan settings” link next to the active plan. You can recognize the active plan by looking at the checked radio options.

click change plan settings link in control panel

Step 4: The option we are looking for is considered an advanced setting. So, we have to open the Advanced Power Plan settings. Click on the “Change Advanced Power Settings” link appearing at the bottom.

click change advanced power settings link in the control panel to disable USB selective suspending setting

Step 5: Now, find and expand the “USB Settings” menu, expand the “USB selective suspending settings” menu and select the “Disabled” option from the dropdown menu(s).

Step 6: Click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save the changes you just made.

Step 7: Finally, close all the windows and reboot the computer.

That is it. With that, you have successfully disabled the USB selective suspending setting in Windows 10.

Note: If you cannot see the “USB Selective Suspending Setting” option in the advanced settings, your device doesn’t support it.

Enable USB Selective Suspending setting

To turn on or enable USB Selective Suspending, follow the below steps.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Open “Power Options.”
  3. Click on the “Change plan settings” link.
  4. Click on the “Change advanced power settings” link at the bottom.
  5. Expand the “USB Settings > USB Selective Suspending setting” menu.
  6. Choose “Enabled” from the dropdown menu(s).
  7. Click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.
  8. Close all windows and reboot the computer.

After rebooting, the USB selective suspending setting is fully turned on.

I hope that helps.

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