How to Keep Mac From Going to Sleep

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find it frustrating when your Mac goes to sleep just when you’re in the middle of something important? Whether you’re watching a movie, giving a presentation, or downloading a large file, having your Mac go to sleep can be a major inconvenience.

Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent your Mac from going to sleep, and in this article, we will explore them all. So let’s dive in!

Using Energy Saver Preferences

If you want to prevent your Mac from going to sleep for a specific amount of time, you can adjust the Energy Saver preferences. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on “Energy Saver.”
  4. In the “Battery” tab, drag the “Turn display off after” slider all the way to the right.
  5. In the “Power Adapter” tab, drag the “Turn display off after” slider all the way to the right as well.
  6. Note: Keep in mind that this will only prevent your display from turning off; your Mac may still go to sleep if it’s inactive for a certain period of time.

Using Terminal Commands

If you want more control over preventing your Mac from going to sleep, you can use Terminal commands. Here’s how:

  1. Open Terminal, which can be found in Applications > Utilities.
  2. Type “caffeinate -t [time in seconds] without the quotes.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Note: Replace “[time in seconds]” with the number of seconds you want to keep your Mac awake.

For example, if you want to keep your Mac awake for 1 hour, you would type “caffeinate -t 3600“.

Using Third-Party Apps

If you prefer a more user-friendly approach, there are several third-party apps available that can help you prevent your Mac from going to sleep. Here are a few popular options:

  • Amphetamine: A powerful and customizable app that allows you to create custom profiles for keeping your Mac awake.
  • Caffeine: A simple app that adds an icon to your menu bar, allowing you to easily toggle sleep prevention on or off.
  • NoSleep: An app specifically designed to prevent your Mac from going to sleep when the lid is closed.

In Conclusion

No more interruptions while watching movies or giving presentations. With these methods, you can easily keep your Mac awake and prevent it from going to sleep.

Whether you prefer adjusting Energy Saver preferences, using Terminal commands, or relying on third-party apps, the choice is yours. Happy computing!

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