How To Change When Your Mac Goes To Sleep

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Macs are great for so many reasons, but one of the most useful features is their ability to automatically go to sleep when not in use. This helps conserve your battery life and prevent your device from overheating. However, you may want to change the settings so that your Mac doesn’t automatically go to sleep after a certain amount of time.

Fortunately, it’s easy to customize when your Mac goes to sleep. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
2. Select “Energy Saver” from the list of options.
3. Under “Computer Sleep”, select the amount of time you want before your Mac goes to sleep automatically.
4. If you don’t want your Mac to go to sleep at all, then select “Never” from this menu instead.
5. Click on “Display Sleep” and select how long you want before the display turns off automatically (regardless of whether or not your Mac is sleeping).
6. Finally, click on “Schedule…” if you want to set specific times for when your Mac should go to sleep and/or turn off its display each day or night..
7. Once you’re finished making changes, click “OK” and then close System Preferences by clicking on the red circle in the top-left corner of the window..

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully changed when your Mac goes to sleep and turns off its display — no more worrying about leaving it running all night or wasting energy unnecessarily!

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Changing the Screen Timeout on a Mac

To change the screen timeout on your Mac, open System Preferences and click on Screen Time in the sidebar. Depending on your Apple ID settings, you may find several options available. Under the Options tab, you can adjust the amount of time before your Mac automatically locks its screen. You can also set a longer timeout for specific activities such as playing music or watching movies. If you are signed in with an Apple ID associated with a Family Sharing group, you may also have access to additional parental controls related to Screen Time.

Preventing Mac from Going to Sleep

To prevent your Mac from going to sleep when the lid is closed, you can go to System Preferences > Battery > Power Adapter. There, you can select the option “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off” and move the slider to Never. This will ensure that your Mac will not go to sleep when the lid is closed.

Limitations of Changing Screen Timeout on Mac

The Mac system provides you with a few options for managing how long your screen stays on. Depending on your system settings and preferences, you may not be able to change the amount of time the screen stays on. This is because the system may have been set to automatically turn off after a certain period of inactivity, or it may be set to never turn off at all. If you’re unable to adjust the length of time your screen stays on, please check your system preferences or consult an Apple support specialist for further assistance.

Decreasing the Time Until Mac Screen Turns Off

Your Mac may be set to a short sleep time or have an ambient light sensor that dims the display if the surrounding light changes. To adjust the sleep settings, go to System Preferences > Energy Saver and set the sleep time to a longer duration. If your Mac has an ambient light sensor, you can disable it by going to System Preferences > Displays > Display and unchecking the box next to “Automatically adjust brightness”.


In conclusion, Mac is a powerful and versatile operating system that offers a wide range of features and capabilities. It has been designed to provide users with an intuitive and easy-to-use environment that is secure and reliable. Macs have the ability to customize settings to suit individual preferences, including the ability to prevent the computer from sleeping when closing the lid. With its advanced features, Mac is an ideal choice for those who are looking for a reliable and powerful operating system.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.