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 as often as possible. 

The Bark Desktop App is set to automatically analyze your child's iOS device when it detects their device over the Wi-Fi and its been longer than 6 hours since the last backup for that device.

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 at least 6-12 hours each day.

The backups will not happen automatically if the PC is asleep, turned off, or if the lid is closed.

NOTE: 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 5 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.

Is your Windows 7 or 8 computer a laptop? 

You can also adjust what happens when you close the lid, so that it does not go to sleep!

STEP 1: Right-click on the battery icon on the taskbar and then click Power Options.

STEP 2: In the left-pane of Power Options window, click Choose what closing the lid does link. This action will open System Settings window.

STEP 3: In the Power and sleep buttons and lid settings section, you will see When I close the lid option. Select Do nothing for both On battery and Plugged in options.

STEP 4: Click Save changes button. That’s it! If you close the laptop lid/screen, it will not put the Bark Desktop App to sleep, meaning your child's iPhone or iPad can be analyzed more often. 

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 5 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.

Is your Windows 10 computer a laptop? 

You can also adjust what happens when you close the lid, so that it does not go to sleep!

STEP 1: Right-click on the battery icon on the taskbar and then click Power Options.

STEP 2: In the left-pane of Power Options window, click Choose what closing the lid does link. This action will open System Settings window.

STEP 3: In the Power and sleep buttons and lid settings section, you will see When I close the lid option. Select Do nothing for both On battery and Plugged in options.

STEP 4: Click Save changes button. That’s it! If you close the laptop lid/screen, it will not put the Bark Desktop App to sleep, meaning your child's iPhone or iPad can be analyzed more often. 

Now that you've adjusted the sleep settings on your computer, you can continue with the rest of the iPhone or iPad setup instructions by clicking the button below!

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