By Hester / Last Updated May 30, 2023

The issue: I can’t use AnyDesk when laptop lid closed


Hi. I had the following issue: AnyDesk doesn’t work when the lid is closed on laptop in Windows 11. I usually take my laptop as a remote workstation, so I need to access it from different places frequently. How can I remotely access it when the laptop lid is closed?”

- Question from a user

Laptop Lid Closed

How to keep remote access on with the laptop lid closed [4 methods]

When you close your laptop's lid, Windows often switches it into low-power mode. Therefore, using third-party remote control PC apps like AnyDesk with laptop lid closed will break the connection because the software will technically treat the laptop as not having a remote monitor, which could occasionally result in display problems.

Fortunately, several methods exist to keep remote access on with the laptop lid closed.

Method 1. Change the power settings

You can change the power settings to prevent your remote laptop from going to sleep or powering down.

Step 1. Search for cpl in the Start menu to open the Control Panel.

Search cpl

Step 2. Set View by to Large icons and click Power Options.

Power Options

Step 3. Click the Choose what closing the lid does option from the left.

Choose What Closing the Lid Does

Step 4. In the When I close the lid column, choose Do nothing from the drop down menus under On battery and Plugged in. Click Save changes to take effect.

Do Nothing

Method 2. Break the ACPI Lid driver

When the laptop lid is closed, Your computer stops registering the display driver. Thus no picture is being provided through AnyDesk for you to view. In this situation, deliberately breaking the ACPI Lid driver might be effective.

Step 1. Press Win + X keys together and open Device Manager.

Open Device Manager

Step 2. Locate and right-click the ACPI Lid and select Properties.


Step 3. Go to the Driver tab, and select Update driver.

Update ACPI

Step 4. Select Browse my computer for driver software.

Browse Computer for Driver Software

Step 5. Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer and click Next.

Let Me Pick

Step 6. Uncheck Show compatible hardware. Select Standard system devices in Manufacturer and select Volume manager for model. Then you can restart the system and try to connect again.

Method 3. Use an external monitor

You can also connect a monitor to your laptop. Thus you can remotely control the external monitor even when the laptop lid is closed.

Step 1. Prepare an external monitor.

Step 2. Identify the ports on your laptop. Your laptop might only have a few ports, so you need to purchase an adaptor to connect the monitor. Look for one of these kinds of ports on your laptop.

Video Ports

Step 3. Connect the monitor to your laptop.

Laptop External Monitor

Step 4. Press Win + P to show the Project option to change what’s displayed on the external monitor.

Project Option

Step 5. Change the Power settings with similar steps in method 1. Then you can remotely access the laptop and control it on the external monitor via remote desktop software like AnyDesk/ TeamViewer when laptop lid closed.

Method 4. Perform remote access via RDP

If you do not have an external monitor, you can access the laptop with RDP because RDP connection doesn't show screen on host, so it won’t affect the connection when the lid is closed.


►Windows Home/Standard editions cannot use RDP as the server side; must upgrade to Windows Professional or Enterprise.

►If you want to connect RDP over the internet, you'll need to use a VPN or port forwarding.

Step 1. Open Windows Settings on the laptop and go to System > Remote Desktop, then turn on Enable Remote Desktop.

Enable Remote Desktop

Step 2. Open the Control Panel, click System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall, select Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Defender Firewall on the left.

Allow App or Feature

Step 3. Click Change settings, check Remote Desktop, and click OK.

Tick Remote Deskop

Step 4. On the client computer, press the Windows key and search for Remote Desktop Connection, then open it.


Step 5. Enter the IP address and username of the remote PC and click Connect.

General Tab

Bonus tip: How to remotely access an online laptop with one click

If you frequently access your laptop, we recommend using the best remote access software AnyViewer, which supports one-click remote control to improve your work efficiency and offers more free features than AnyDesk.

Features comparison between AnyViewer free and AnyDesk free:


AnyViewer free

AnyDesk free

Unattended remote access

File transfer

Concurrent sessions


Multi-monitor navigation


Remote reboot


Real-time chat

Download AnyViewer on your computers and give it a try.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/Server
Secure Download

See how to perform AnyViewer unattended access with simple steps:

Step 1. Start AnyViewer on the host computer, choose Sign up to create a personal account, and then log in.

Log in Anyviewer

Step 2. Open AnyViewer on the client, then sign in using the same credentials. When you log in, the client computer will be assigned to the account immediately.

Free Editions

Step 3. Go to Device, select the device you want to connect, and click One-click control to start a connection.

Connect to My Devices

►Tips: For users with over two computers, AnyViewer offers advanced plans to remotely control up to 10 devices at once and one-click control up to 100 computers.

The bottom line

This post introduced how to access a lid-closed laptop remotely. The methods above help you fix cannot use AnyDesk when laptop lid closed. Besides, we showed how to connect to your remote computer more easily using AnyViewer, which is worth trying due to its rich features.