In this article, we will be exploring the power settings on your Windows PC to ensure your child's iOS device continues to be monitored for worrisome activity every 6 hours or so.

These settings will allow the new Bark Desktop App the opportunity to run the automatic backups over WiFi when your child is home and connected to the same WiFi by allowing your computer to be powered on and awake for a recommended 12 hour window each day. The backups will not happen automatically if the PC is asleep, but can still occur if the display/screen is off and the computer is still awake in the background. 

The steps vary slightly based on your Windows version.

Windows 7 and 8

Step 1. Open the Control Panel from your Start menu

Step 2. Click Hardware and Sound

Step 3. Click Power options or Change power-saving settings

Step 4. Click the Change Plan link under any of the plans to get the Edit Plan Settings window as shown below

Step 5. To prevent the computer from going to Sleep, select 12 hours or Never 

  • If on a laptop, do this for both On Battery and Plugged In
  • You can still set the display to turn off as quickly as you'd like -- only Sleep, Hibernation, or Shut Down states will stop the automatic backups from occurring

Step 6. When you have completed the power settings changes, click the Save changes button before closing the window

Note You can also change additional advanced settings by clicking on "Change advanced power settings" towards the bottom left of the window.  See more information from Microsoft about the shut down, sleep, or hibernate features.

Windows 10

Step 1. Open the Start menu
Step 2. Select the Settings app

Step 3. Choose System

Step 4. Select Power & Sleep in the left-hand column (see below)
Step 5. Scroll down to the Sleep section
Step 6.
Set the drop-down menu under to 8-12 hours or Never (for both options shown below)

Note You can still set the display to turn off as quickly as you'd like -- only Sleep, Hibernation, or Shut Down states will stop the automatic backups from occurring

For more power saving options, select Additional power settings to change how your device uses power. See more information from Microsoft about the shut down, sleep, or hibernate features.

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