If you’re a regular Mac user, you probably know how useful sleep mode can be. For example, if you have done some work on your computer, but you have some urgent things to do and don’t want to close all your browser tabs or documents, you can simply put your device to sleep.
This way, you don’t have to reopen all your documents and browser tabs while waiting for your computer to start up. You just turn it on as usual, and all the data is immediately displayed on your desktop.
However, there is also a fine setting that allows you to set the time not only to go to sleep but also to automatically turn the computer on and off on a schedule. Speaking of sleep mode, its automatic version can sometimes be annoying. Especially if it’s set incorrectly.
So, here’s how to turn off auto-sleep mode on Mac.
What is auto-sleep mode on Mac
All Macs automatically go into sleep mode by default after a certain period of inactivity. This feature on a Mac is designed to save power and also to prevent unauthorized access while you’re away from your Mac.
Normally, the period of inactivity after which a Mac automatically goes into sleep mode is 2 minutes when running on battery power and 10 minutes if the Mac is connected to a direct power source.
The Cupertino developers have provided three different sleep modes for desktops and laptops. Each of them works differently and has distinctive features.
- In sleep mode, all work data, unsaved documents, and running apps are stored in the computer’s RAM. The Mac visually goes to sleep, but power continues to be supplied to the device’s RAM.
- Hibernation mode copies data from RAM to the drive when the computer goes to sleep. It takes longer to go into hibernation mode, but your Mac doesn’t consume power while it’s hibernating.
- Safe Sleep mode is a combination of the previous two modes. Data from RAM is copied to the drive, but the drive itself isn’t powered down. In this way, working documents are stored both in RAM and on the drive.
How to disable auto-sleep mode on Mac
The auto-sleep mode is turned off when you’re watching movies or videos on your Mac, but not when you’re reading or browsing an interesting article on a website. So, if you want to disable auto-sleep mode on your Mac, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, click on the “Apple” icon from the top menu bar on your Mac screen.
- After that, select the “System Preferences” option from the drop-down menu.
- Find and click on the “Energy Saver” button (it looks like a light bulb).
- Then, select the “Power Adapter” section and move the slider to the “Never” position.
- Finally, go to the “Battery” section and also move the slider to the “Never” position.
Once you have finished these steps, you will completely disable auto-sleep mode on your Mac.
If you’re using an Apple laptop, it’s still best to leave auto-sleep mode on. After all, if you leave your laptop on without charging, all progress will be lost when the device completely shuts down because it runs out of charge.
Well, the best option, in this case, is to make your Mac stay awake just a little bit longer, but not always. To do this, move the slider to 15 or 30 minutes.