How to keep your MacBook from sleeping

Apple’s MacBooks have several options related to preserving the system’s battery and the amount of charge it has left. The main way to achieve this is through Sleep Mode, which puts the Apple laptop into a temporary sleeping mode that uses minimal power and also lets you wake it up instantly and continue where you left off. Gives options.

However, if you don’t want sleep mode to interfere with you and your MacBook’s work, there are some ways to keep it always on – here’s how to do it.

Turning off sleep mode via Energy Saver/Battery Settings (macOS Ventura and later)

A few things changed with the introduction of macOS Ventura. The name of the utility used to configure your Mac has changed from “System Preferences” to “System Settings.” And the format changed from an icon-oriented interface to tabs on the side. Many specific system settings also changed. So, if you’re moving from a Mac with a previous version of macOS, you’ll want to follow these instructions.

Nevertheless, turning off sleep mode is quite simple in macOS Ventura and later versions.

step 1: open system arrangement,

step 2: Choose lock screen Tab. You will get two options: Turn off battery display when idle And Turn off display on power adapter when idle, Next to each will be a selection for how long the display should remain inactive before turning off. Choose “Never” to prevent your Mac from going to sleep,

MacOS screenshot showing battery settings.

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step 3: You can also make sure that your Mac doesn’t go to sleep when it’s plugged in and the display is off. To do this, select Battery tab, then Option…, toggle again Avoid sleeping on power adapter when display is off But.

MacOS screenshot showing how to avoid sleeping when the display is off.

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Turning off Sleep Mode via Energy Saver/Battery Settings (prior to macOS Ventura)

step 1: choose system Preferences,

step 2: choose energy Saver icon (or Battery For newer versions of macOS).

Energy saving options on MacBook.

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step 3: There are two tabs – Battery and Power Adapter. The first one will be automatically selected when you open Energy Saver, so let’s start with that.

By default, the Turn Display Off After section will already be set to a specific time, which is used when no activity is detected on the Mac.

To completely disable this feature, drag the slider to the right where it says Never,

Timing slider to turn off the MacBook's display.

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step 4: A warning window will appear stating that the MacBook may consume more energy with these specific settings. Beat Ok Button to confirm changes.

Warning window to set a timer to turn off the Mac's display after a specific time period.

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Step 5: Below the slider, there are some additional settings that you can also disable:

  • Put the hard disk in sleep mode when possible
  • Dim the display slightly when on battery power
  • Enable Power Nap while on battery power
Additional settings for the Battery tab on the MacBook's Energy Saver feature.

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Step 6: Choose Power Adapter Tab and drag the slider to the right once again NeverAnd also turn off some of the settings below (keep the first one on):

  • Prevent the computer from automatically sleeping when the display turns off
  • Put the hard disk in sleep mode when possible
  • Wake up to Wi-Fi network access
  • Enable Power Nap while plugged in to the power adapter
Additional settings for the Power Adapter tab on the MacBook's Energy Saver feature.

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Schedule Shutdown (before macOS Ventura)

If your schedule tool is enabled within Energy Saver, you’ll need to turn it off as well to keep your MacBook from going to sleep.

step 1: Choose Schedule button.

step 2: open the boxes start or wake up And Sleep boxes. Choose Ok button.

Turning off the Schedule feature within Energy Saver settings on a MacBook.

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It is important to highlight how your battery will be affected if there is no sleeping option enabled for your Mac. As Apple itself says in the Energy Saver window, never letting your display go to sleep may shorten its life.

If the Mac is always on even when it is not completely turned off, it will also impact the overall health of your system’s battery.

Check out our detailed guide for more information on how to protect your MacBook’s battery and extend its overall life.






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