Change Battery Critical Low Action in Ubuntu, Fedora, Manjaro, Linux Mint

For Linux laptop running without power supply, it will automatically go sleep when battery running into critical low. In case, you want to configure when the battery is critical low, and which action to do, this simple may help!

NOTE: This tutorial is tested and works in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 22.10, XUbuntu 22.04, Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon, Fedora 37 workstation, and Manjaro GNOME. It may also work in many other Linux, though KDE desktop has its own configure option to do the job.

Step 1: Edit UPower config file

UPower is the power management service for GNOME. It also works in XFCE and Cinnamon desktop.

1. Firstly, search for and open a terminal window from either start menu or ‘Activities’ overview depends on your desktop environment.

Open terminal

2. When terminal opens, run command to edit the UPower config file:

sudo gedit /etc/UPower/UPower.conf

For Ubuntu 22.10+, Fedora workstation, replace gedit with gnome-text-editor. For Linux Mint, use xed. Or use nano text editor that works in most Linux.

3. When file opens, scroll down and find out the line:


Replace “HybridSleep” to configure the battery critical low action. As the file indicates, possible values include:

  • PowerOff
  • Hibernate – Your system must support hibernate (enable hibernate in Mint), or PowerOff will be in use.
  • HybridSleep

4. As the last screenshot shows you, you can also change the number in the following lines:

  • PercentageLow=20
  • PercentageCritical=5
  • PercentageAction=2

Meaning battery is low when only 20% percentage left, critical low when 5% left, and perform action when 2% left. Change the value as you prefer.

5. (Optional) If you want to use battery remaining time instead of percentage, do:

  1. Find out and set UsePercentageForPolicy=false
  2. Configure the number in seconds of following lines:
    • TimeLow=1200
    • TimeCritical=300
    • TimeAction=120

After making changes, save and close the file. For nano command line text editor, press Ctrl+X, type y and finally hit Enter to save.

Step 2: Apply changes

After editing the UPower settings, either restart your computer to apply it.

Or, open terminal and run command to restart the system service:

sudo systemctl restart upower.service

To check its status, use systemctl status upower.service command. That’s all, enjoy!

Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.