How to Keep Mac From Sleeping

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac constantly going to sleep and interrupting your workflow? We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your Mac from sleeping when you need it the most.

Adjust Energy Saver Settings

If you want to prevent your Mac from sleeping, the first thing you should do is adjust the Energy Saver settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Energy Saver.”
  • Step 4: In the Energy Saver window, navigate to the “Battery” tab if you’re using a laptop or the “Power Adapter” tab if you’re using a desktop.
  • Step 5: Adjust the “Turn display off after” slider to a longer duration or select “Never” if you want to keep your display on at all times.
  • Step 6: Uncheck the box next to “Put hard disks to sleep when possible.”

If you follow these steps and make these changes, your Mac’s display will stay on for a longer period of time and its hard disks won’t go to sleep unless necessary.

Use Terminal Commands

If adjusting the Energy Saver settings alone doesn’t solve your problem, you can use Terminal commands to further customize your Mac’s sleep behavior. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open the Terminal app on your Mac. You can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.
  • Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter: sudo pmset -a sleep 0
  • Step 3: Enter your administrator password when prompted.

This command will set the sleep timer to “0” minutes, effectively disabling sleep mode on your Mac. Keep in mind that this means your Mac will stay awake indefinitely until you manually put it to sleep or shut it down.

Use 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 sleeping. These apps provide additional features and customization options beyond what’s available in the Energy Saver settings.

Caffeine is one such app that adds a small coffee cup icon to your menu bar. Clicking on the icon will toggle sleep mode on or off, allowing you to easily control when your Mac goes to sleep.

NoSleep is another popular app that prevents both your display and hard disks from going to sleep. It also allows you to schedule specific periods of time during which sleep mode is disabled.

In Conclusion

To keep your Mac from sleeping, start by adjusting the Energy Saver settings in System Preferences. If necessary, use Terminal commands or install third-party apps for more advanced control over sleep behavior. With these simple steps, you can ensure that your Mac stays awake when you need it most and minimize interruptions to your workflow.

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