I am trying to keep my laptop running with the lid closed.

What I've done so far is:

  1. In the file /etc/systemd/logind.conf add HandleLidSwitch=ignore both for docked and plain mode. This didn't do the trick at all.
  2. In the file /etc/UPower/UPower.conf set IgnoreLid=true

This worked, but now my TeamViewer session closes and the screen is locked, so I still can't actually use the laptop.


2 Answers 2


Command line based

There are some gsettings you can use:

  • Handling when on ac line

     gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-ac-action 'nothing'

    This will disable any action when the lid gets closed, and the laptop is plugged into AC.
    To undo simply:

      gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-ac-action 'suspend'

    Possible setting values instead of suspend are:

    'blank', 'suspend', 'shutdown','hibernate', 'interactive', 'nothing', 'logout'

  • Handling when on battery

     gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-battery-action 'nothing'
  • Handling when an external monitor is plugged in

     gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-suspend-with-external-monitor 'nothing'

Using a gui

If you prefer a gui based solution, you have to install

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Invoke with


or by searching the program dash.

Go to the /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/power/lid-close-ac-action schema as show in the first line of the images shown above, and make your settings:

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  • Thanks for the clear, well documented, reply. Unfortunately this didn't solve the problem I think the problem is not with the power management but is related to user/log in management killing my session when the lid closes. Or am I looking in the wrong direction?
    – Hades
    Jul 27, 2018 at 6:17
  • @abu_bua I think you need to upload image again ;-)
    – Kulfy
    Aug 7, 2018 at 19:27
  • @Hades, regardless if this solved your problem, abu_bua's answer answered your question. Either accept this and make a new question describing the problem or edit your question.
    – Kurt
    Nov 20, 2018 at 15:59
  • no lid options exist in my menu.
    – krivar
    Jan 1, 2020 at 15:08

On Ubuntu 19.10 the gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power lid-close-* actions don't seem to work any more.

Keep on running on lid-close instead of suspend

Edit the file /etc/systemd/logind.conf with sudo and change the line




And reboot your system.

The file /etc/systemd/logind.conf controls how logind shall handle the system power and sleep keys and the lid switch to trigger actions such as system power-off or suspend. Can be one of
"ignore", "poweroff", "reboot", "halt", "kexec", "suspend", "hibernate", "hybrid-sleep", "suspend-then-hibernate", and "lock". for these settings:

 HandlePowerKey=, HandleSuspendKey=, HandleHibernateKey=, HandleLidSwitch=,
 HandleLidSwitchExternalPower=, HandleLidSwitchDocked=


  • Yes working but when I reopened the laptop it changes the resolution of the screen on the higher one! Jul 20, 2021 at 6:49
  • What do you mean with higher one? Do you use two screens?
    – rubo77
    Jul 20, 2021 at 6:53
  • My actual screen resolution is 1600x900, if I close the laptop when I reopen it I get the login screen at 1920x1080 and once logged Gnome has this resolution. I am using only one screen. Jul 20, 2021 at 8:05
  • As a workaround I would call a script to restore the desired resolution on resume: askubuntu.com/q/204073/34298
    – rubo77
    Jul 20, 2021 at 8:20

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