How to Prevent Mac From Sleeping

Alicia Santos

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How to Prevent Mac From Sleeping

Do you ever find it frustrating when your Mac goes to sleep and interrupts your work or entertainment? Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your Mac from going into sleep mode.

In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to keep your Mac awake when you need it. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Adjust Energy Saver Settings

If you want to prevent your Mac from sleeping, the first method is to adjust the Energy Saver settings. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Energy Saver.”
  4. Step 4: You will see two tabs – “Battery” and “Power Adapter.” Adjust the settings according to your preference for each tab.
    • Battery Tab: If you want to prevent sleep when using battery power, drag the “Turn display off after” slider all the way to the right.
    • Power Adapter Tab: If you want to prevent sleep when connected to a power source, drag the “Turn display off after” slider all the way to the right as well.

Method 2: Use Terminal Commands

If you prefer using Terminal commands for customization, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the Terminal application from the /Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter: caffeinate -dimsu
  3. Step 3: Your Mac will now stay awake until you close the Terminal window or press Control+C.

Method 3: Use Third-Party Apps

If you are looking for more advanced options or prefer a graphical interface, there are several third-party apps available:

  • Amphetamine: A powerful app that allows you to customize sleep settings and create custom triggers to keep your Mac awake.
  • Caffeine: A simple app that prevents your Mac from sleeping for a specified duration with just one click on its menu bar icon.
  • NoSleep: An app specifically designed to keep your Mac awake when you close the lid, perfect for using external displays or running tasks in closed-display mode.

Method 4: Use Hot Corners

If you prefer a hands-free approach, you can use Hot Corners to prevent sleep. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Go to “System Preferences” by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: Click on “Mission Control” in System Preferences.
  3. Step 3: Click on “Hot Corners” in the bottom-left corner of the Mission Control window.
  4. Step 4: Choose a corner and select “Put Display to Sleep” or “Disable Screen Saver” to prevent your Mac from sleeping when you move your mouse to that corner.

Conclusion

Now you know several methods to prevent your Mac from sleeping. Whether you prefer adjusting settings, using Terminal commands, installing third-party apps, or utilizing Hot Corners, you can choose the method that suits you best.

No more interruptions during your work or entertainment sessions! Enjoy using your Mac without worrying about it going to sleep.

Remember: It’s important to allow your Mac to enter sleep mode when not in use for extended periods as it helps conserve energy and prolongs battery life for portable devices.

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