How to Turn Off S Mode in Windows 11

Windows 11 in S Mode is a safety feature that will only allow apps that are downloaded from the Microsoft Store to run on a computer. This prevents potential malware from affecting your computer, but is also quite restrictive. To download apps that aren't available from the Microsoft Store, you'll need to exit S Mode, however this is a one-way street. If you disable S Mode, you can't turn it back on.

If you're still running Windows 10, read How to Turn Off S Mode in Windows 10 for help, or How to Download Windows 11 to upgrade.


Open your computer’s Settings.

Click on the Windows logo  and select the Settings icon from the start menu.

  • If the icon isn’t there, you can search for it in the search bar at the top of the window.

Select Activation from the System settings.

  • This panel should open with the settings app, but you can manually access system settings by clicking in the menu on the left.

Ensure you’re currently in S Mode.

There should be a large image of the Windows logo followed by the version of your OS. The text should read something like . If there’s no ‘S Mode’, your computer isn’t in S Mode and you’re good to go!

  • If you’re running any other version than Windows 11 Home, you’ll never have to leave S Mode as it isn’t available on these versions.

Click on the second drop-down menu titled S Mode, then click on Open Store.

You’ll then be redirected to the Microsoft Store.

Read the banner that will display at the top of the store.

If you don’t really need to install external apps that aren’t verified by Microsoft, there’s really no need to leave S Mode. It can provide beneficial protection against potential malware that can be found online.

Click Get in the ‘Switch out of S Mode’ banner to exit S Mode.

After you click this button you’ll get a pop-up anywhere between a few seconds to a couple minutes letting you know your computer is no longer in S Mode.

  • You will most likely need to be connected to the internet to switch out of S Mode.


  • Only leave S Mode if you really need to, you might as well enjoy the added protection from malware if you have no need for un-verified programs.
  • S Mode is only available on Windows 11 Home edition, not on Pro, Enterprise or any other version.


  • Once you leave S Mode, you can never go back, so make sure you’re sure before switching over.

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