How to Keep Monitor on When Laptop Is Closed Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac laptop going into sleep mode every time you close the lid? If you want to keep your monitor on even when your laptop is closed, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to achieve this by adjusting a few settings on your Mac.

Method 1: Using an External Display

If you have an external display connected to your Mac, keeping the monitor on when the laptop is closed is as simple as changing a setting.

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

  2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Displays. “

  3. Make sure you are in the “Display” tab.

    Here, you will see a checkbox that says “Mirror Displays.” Uncheck this box.

  4. Now, close the lid of your Mac laptop. The external display will continue to function while the built-in monitor is disabled.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If you don’t have an external display or prefer not to use one, you can keep your Mac’s monitor on by using Terminal commands. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

  2. In Terminal, type the following command and press Enter: sudo nvram boot-args="iog=0x0".

  3. You will be prompted to enter your administrator password. Type it in and press Enter.

  4. Restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “Restart” from the dropdown menu.

Your Mac’s monitor will now stay on even when you close the lid. To revert this setting and allow your Mac to go into sleep mode again, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Terminal again.

  2. Type the following command and press Enter: sudo nvram -d boot-args.

  3. Enter your administrator password when prompted and press Enter.

  4. Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Conclusion

By following either of these methods, you can keep your Mac’s monitor on even when you close the lid. Whether you have an external display or prefer using Terminal commands, it’s easy to customize this setting according to your preferences. Now you can keep an eye on your screen without any interruptions!

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