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How to Change Sleep Time on Mac

Whether you’re working on a project or streaming your favorite show, it’s not uncommon to be interrupted by your Mac going to sleep or dimming its display. The good news is you can customize these settings. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore how to change sleep time on Mac and other related topics that will help optimize your Mac usage.

How to Change Sleep Time On Mac

Customizing your Mac’s sleep settings is a straightforward process. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎) in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” (for older macOS) or “Battery” (for macOS Big Sur or later).
  4. You’ll find two sliders: “Computer sleep” and “Display sleep.” Adjust these to change how long your Mac waits before sleeping or dimming the display.

By tailoring these settings to your personal needs, you can ensure your Mac goes to sleep when you want it to, saving battery life while also ensuring it stays awake when you need it.

How to Keep a MacBook From Going to Sleep

Sometimes, you may want to keep your MacBook awake even if you’re not actively using it. For example, when downloading a large file or running a lengthy task. Here are the steps to prevent your MacBook from sleeping:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Check the box that says, “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”

Remember, keeping your Mac awake indefinitely uses more power and can shorten your battery’s lifespan. Use this setting sparingly, and remember to change it once you’re done.

How to Increase Screen Timeout in MacBook Air

If you’re finding that your MacBook Air’s screen dims too quickly, you can increase the screen timeout using the following steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Adjust the “Display sleep” slider to increase the time before your screen dims.

It can be especially useful if you often pause to read or think, preventing your screen from dimming while you’re still using your Mac.

How to Turn Off Sleep Mode on MacBook Air

If you’d like to turn off sleep mode entirely on your MacBook Air, you can do so with these steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Move the “Computer sleep” and “Display sleep” sliders to “Never.”

Again, use this setting sparingly as it will use more power and could cause your Mac to overheat if used for long periods.

Prevent Your Mac From Automatically Sleeping When the Display Is Off

To prevent your Mac from sleeping when the display is off, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Check the box that says, “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”

It is particularly useful if you’re running a task that doesn’t require you to interact with your Mac but still needs it to stay awake.

How Do I Keep My Mac From Going to Sleep While Downloading?

If you’re downloading a large file, you may want to prevent your Mac from sleeping. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Check the box that says, “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”
  5. It ensures your Mac stays awake during the download process, even if you’re not actively using it.

Using ‘Amphetamine’ to Keep Your Mac Awake

Amphetamine is a free app available on the Mac App Store that allows you to keep your Mac (and its display) awake through a simple click on its menu bar icon. It’s highly customizable, allowing you to activate it for specific lengths of time, only while certain apps are running, and more.

Using ‘Hot Corners’ to Put Your Mac to Sleep Instantly

The ‘Hot Corners’ feature allows you to put your Mac to sleep instantly by moving your cursor to a pre-defined corner of the screen. It’s a handy shortcut that can save you a few clicks. To set it up, go to System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners, and assign a corner of your screen to ‘Put Display to Sleep.’

Understanding Power Nap

Power Nap is a feature on newer Macs that allows your computer to perform certain tasks while in sleep mode, such as checking for new emails, backing up your machine, and downloading updates. You can toggle Power Nap on or off in the “Energy Saver” or “Battery” section of System Preferences.

How to Stop Mac Screen From Turning Off

You can prevent your Mac’s screen from turning off by adjusting the “Display sleep” settings:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Move the “Display sleep” slider to “Never.”

Please note, keeping your screen on indefinitely will consume more power and could shorten the lifespan of your display over time.

How to Make Your Mac Screen Stay on Longer

To increase the time before your Mac’s screen turns off:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Move the “Display sleep” slider to a higher value.

It will lengthen the time before your screen dims or turns off due to inactivity.

How to Stop Your Mac From Going to Sleep So Fast

If your Mac is going to sleep too quickly, you can adjust the “Computer sleep” settings:

  1. Click the Apple menu (🍎).
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Click “Energy Saver” or “Battery.”
  4. Move the “Computer sleep” slider to a higher value.

It will lengthen the time before your Mac goes to sleep due to inactivity.

How to Stop Your Mac Screen From Going Black

A black screen on your Mac can often be a sign of Energy Saver settings needing adjustment or potentially a more significant issue. If your screen goes black due to inactivity, you can adjust the “Display sleep” settings mentioned above.

However, if your screen is going black while you’re actively using your Mac, it could be a sign of a hardware issue, and you may need to contact Apple Support or take your Mac to an Apple Store for further diagnosis and repair.

Remember, while these adjustments can help tailor your Mac’s behavior to your personal preferences, keeping your Mac awake or your display on for extended periods can use more power and potentially impact the lifespan of your hardware. Always use these settings responsibly and consult Apple’s support resources if you encounter any issues.

Conclusion

Understanding how to customize your Mac’s sleep settings can help you make the most of your device. Whether you need to keep your Mac awake for a long download, want to save energy by putting it to sleep more frequently, or anything in between, this guide has you covered. As always, remember to use these settings responsibly to prevent unnecessary power usage and potential overheating. Happy computing!

If you have further questions, Apple’s support site is a great resource for additional information.