A new feature is available in the Starlink app – Sleep Schedule. The new sleep mode allows you to conserve power by specifying times when the dish will enter sleep mode and minimize communication with the satellites. Ethernet and Wifi connections remain active so that you can wake Starlink up at any time through the app.
Sleep Schedule first appeared in version 2023.03.0 of the Starlink app. If you don’t see the feature in your app, try manually updating by visiting your app store and searching for Starlink. You’ll find Sleep Schedule in the Settings section of the app. You must be locally connected to your Starlink Wifi network to change Sleep Schedule settings.
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What Is Sleep Schedule For?
Sleep mode is aimed at off-grid, RV, and van life users. They rely on battery power for electricity, and will appreciate any energy savings they can get. By enabling Sleep Schedule, you can reduce the power consumption of your Starlink system to the bare minimum needed to maintain communication between the dish and the Starlink satellites.
Even those of us that are connected to the electrical grid can benefit from Sleep Schedule. The energy savings might not be as important to home users, but sleep mode stops background apps and devices from using unnecessary data when we aren’t even using them.
How Much Power Is Saved?
Early tests from Starlink Reddit community users indicate energy savings of about 30% when the dish is in sleep mode. Starlink indicates that the rectangular dish uses about 50-75 watts during normal operation. One user noted that sleep mode was saving 10 watts compared to normal idle mode, with the dish using 25 watts in sleep mode. Another Reddit user experienced similar results with the original round dish. During sleep mode, the round dish used 20 watts, compared to 40 watts when it was awake and idling.
Related: How Much Power Does Starlink Use?
When Shouldn’t I Use Sleep Mode?
When the dish enters a sleep state, it won’t be producing enough heat on the surface of the antenna to melt snow and ice. It’s not a good idea to schedule sleep when you expect extreme cold, snow, or ice. According to Starlink, it could take the dish several hours to melt snow/ice if it accumulates on the dish while in sleep mode.
If you have services that require a constant internet connection, such as security cameras or Wifi calling, don’t use Sleep Schedule. Remember, sleep mode halts most communication with the Starlink satellites, so you won’t have internet access. If you need to maintain an internet connection for remote access to cameras or Wifi calling, it’s better to leave the Starlink in normal mode.
Will The Firmware Still Update?
Yes, firmware updates will continue to take place during the normal overnight hours, determined by Starlink. When an update is available, the dish will wake itself up, update, and then go back to sleep.
How Do I Wake My Starlink Dish Up?
If your Starlink is sleeping and you need to access the internet before its scheduled wake up time, simply go back to the Settings screen in the app, and toggle the Enable sleep schedule option. It could take several minutes to reconnect.
Note: Your device might disconnect from the Starlink Wifi network, since there is no internet access while the dish is sleeping. Make sure you are connected to it before you try to wake Starlink up.
Sleep Schedule is a nice little feature that will be welcomed for the RV, van life, and off-grid crowd. You can conserve energy and data by programming an automatic sleep schedule. For most of us, it’s not a feature you want to use. Since it disconnects your dish from the internet, you won’t be able to using things like Wifi calling when it’s sleeping.
Do you see a use case for Sleep Schedule? Let us know how you plan to use it, or what you think of the feature, in the comment section below!