How to Make Sure Mac Doesn’t Sleep

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac going to sleep and interrupting your work or downloads? In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to make sure your Mac doesn’t sleep. By following these steps, you can keep your Mac awake for as long as you need it.

Using Energy Saver Preferences

If you want to change the sleep settings on your Mac, the Energy Saver preferences is the right place to do so. To access it, 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.”

In the Energy Saver preferences window, you will find various options related to power management. Let’s explore them further.

Schedule Sleep and Wake Times

If you have a specific schedule for using your Mac and want it to automatically sleep and wake up according to that schedule, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: In the Energy Saver preferences window, click on the “Schedule” button in the bottom-right corner.
  • Step 2: Checkmark the box next to “Start up or wake” and select a time from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: Checkmark the box next to “Sleep” and choose a time when your Mac should go to sleep automatically.

This way, your Mac will adhere to this schedule and won’t disturb you during your specified work hours.

Prevent Sleep When Display is Off

If you want your Mac to stay awake even when the display is turned off, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: In the Energy Saver preferences window, click on the “Battery” or “Power Adapter” tab, depending on your power source.
  • Step 2: Adjust the “Turn display off after” slider to “Never.”

This will ensure that your Mac remains awake even if you’re not actively using it but want it to continue performing tasks in the background.

Using Terminal Commands

If you prefer using Terminal commands for customization, here’s how you can prevent your Mac from sleeping:

  • Step 1: Launch Terminal from the Applications > Utilities folder or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  • Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter:
    caffeinate -i

This command tells your Mac to stay awake indefinitely until you manually interrupt it by pressing Control + C in the Terminal window.

Create an Automator Workflow

If you frequently need to keep your Mac awake for specific tasks, creating an Automator workflow can be handy. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Launch Automator from the Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  • Step 2: Select “Application” as the document type when prompted.
  • Step 3: In the Actions Library on the left, search for “Stay Open” and drag it to the workflow area on the right.
  • Step 4: Search for “Run Shell Script” in the Actions Library and drag it below the “Stay Open” action.
  • Step 5: In the shell script action, set “Pass input” to “as arguments” and enter the following command in the script area:
    caffeinate -i
  • Step 6: Save your Automator workflow as an application by selecting “File” > “Save” and giving it a name.

You can now launch this application whenever you need to keep your Mac awake. It will run in the background and prevent your Mac from going to sleep.

Congratulations! You have learned various methods to make sure your Mac doesn’t sleep. Whether you prefer using Energy Saver preferences or Terminal commands, you can now customize your Mac’s sleep behavior according to your needs.

Remember, it’s important to allow your Mac to sleep when you’re not using it for extended periods to save power and prolong battery life. But with these methods at your disposal, you have full control over when your Mac stays awake!

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