How to Turn on Game Mode on Windows 11

Game Mode in Windows 11 optimizes your PC for a better gaming experience by prioritizing system resources for games and reducing background activities. Enabling Game Mode can help improve game performance and provide a smoother gaming experience. This guide will walk you through the steps to turn on Game Mode in Windows 11.


Game Mode is a built-in feature in Windows 11 designed to enhance gaming performance by allocating more system resources to games and minimizing interruptions from background processes. Enabling Game Mode can help reduce lag and improve overall game performance. Follow these steps to turn on Game Mode on your Windows 11 PC.

Step 1: Open Settings

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the Settings icon (gear icon). Alternatively, press Win + I to open the Settings app directly.

Step 2: Navigate to Gaming Settings

  1. In the Settings app, click on Gaming in the left-hand sidebar.

Step 3: Enable Game Mode

  1. Click on Game Mode in the Gaming settings.
  2. Toggle the Game Mode switch to On.

Additional Tips

  • Check for Updates: Ensure your Windows 11 is up to date to get the latest features and improvements for Game Mode. Go to Settings > Windows Update and click on Check for updates.
  • Optimize Individual Games: Some games have built-in settings for optimization. Check the game’s settings menu for performance-enhancing options.


You have successfully learned how to turn on Game Mode in Windows 11. By enabling Game Mode, you can enhance your gaming experience by optimizing system resources for better performance. Regularly check for updates and adjust individual game settings to further improve your gaming experience.