How to Make Mac Not Go to Sleep

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find it frustrating when your Mac goes to sleep at the most inconvenient times? Whether you’re in the middle of an important task or watching a movie, having your Mac go to sleep can be a major annoyance.

But fear not! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to prevent your Mac from going to sleep using some simple settings and tricks.

Adjusting Energy Saver Settings

If you want to control when your Mac goes to sleep, the first thing you should do is adjust the Energy Saver settings. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on Energy Saver.
  3. In the Energy Saver window, click on the Sleep tab.
  4. To prevent your Mac from going to sleep automatically, drag the slider under “Turn display off after” all the way to the right.
  5. If you also want to prevent your hard drive from sleeping, check the box next to “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off”.

Note: Keep in mind that adjusting these settings will increase power consumption and may reduce battery life on laptops.

Using Terminal Commands

If you prefer using Terminal commands for more control over your Mac’s sleep behavior, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal. You can find it in Applications > Utilities or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Type in the following command: sudo pmset -a sleep 0 and press Enter.
  3. You’ll be prompted to enter your administrator password. Type it in and press Enter again.

This command will set the sleep timer to 0, effectively preventing your Mac from going to sleep. If you ever want to revert this setting, simply replace the 0 with the desired number of minutes.

Using Third-Party Apps

If you’re looking for more advanced features or a simpler way to control your Mac’s sleep behavior, there are several third-party apps available. Here are a couple of popular options:

  • Amphetamine: A free app that allows you to easily prevent your Mac from going to sleep with just a click on its menu bar icon. It also offers various customization options for more control.
  • Caffeine: Another free app that works similarly to Amphetamine, keeping your Mac awake as long as the app is active. It’s lightweight and straightforward to use.

In Conclusion

By adjusting the Energy Saver settings, using Terminal commands, or utilizing third-party apps like Amphetamine or Caffeine, you can ensure that your Mac stays awake when you need it most. Experiment with these methods and find the one that works best for you!

Note: Remember that leaving your Mac running for extended periods without sleep may cause it to overheat or consume more power than usual. Use these methods responsibly and consider giving your Mac occasional breaks by letting it go to sleep naturally.

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