If you start and end your work day at the same time every day, you can put your Mac on a schedule. This allows you to wake up your Mac in the morning and put it to sleep in the afternoon every day, weekdays or weekends.
Instead of a wake-up and sleep schedule, you can have your Mac shut down or even restart at the same time every day if you prefer.
Let’s take a look at how to adjust your Mac’s wake and sleep settings.
About setting up a schedule for your Mac
Here are a few things to consider before setting a schedule to wake, sleep, start, shut down, or restart your Mac.
- To start or wake up your Mac, it must be plugged into the power adapter.
- To shut down your Mac, you must be signed in and your computer must be awake.
- If you you have applications with unsaved documents open, this can prevent your Mac from shutting down on schedule.
- You don’t need to use the startup or wake settings and shut down or sleep your Mac at the same time. For example, you might only want to wake up your computer every morning, not sleep or shut down on a schedule.
Start or wake your Mac on a schedule
To set up a schedule for your Mac start or wake up, follow these simple steps.
Stage 1: Open up System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or An apple icon in the menu bar.
Step 2: Choose Battery.
Step 3: When the battery preferences open, select Schedule to the left.
Step 4: On the right, highlight the top option for Start up or wake up.
Step 5: Use the first drop-down box to select the days. You can use Every day, Weekdays, Holidaysor a certain day of the week.
Step 6: Use the second drop-down box to select the time. You can enter the hours and minutes in the box or use Arrows to move up and down one hour or one minute at a time.
Step 7: When you’re done, select Apply.
Sleep, restart, or shut down your Mac on a schedule
If you want to make your Mac sleep, shut down, or restart regularly, it’s just as easy to set up.
Stage 1: Open up System Preferences > Battery as described above.
Step 2: Choose Schedule to the left.
Step 3: On the right, highlight the second option for a dream.
IN a dream drop-down box you can select I’m rebooting or I turn it off if you prefer.
Step 4: Use the drop-down menu on the right to select the days or a specific day of the week.
Step 5: Use the drop-down box on the far right to select the time of day.
Step 6: Choose Apply when you are done.
If you change your mind about your schedule, you can edit it at any time in System Preferences > Battery > Schedule. You can also go back to your last schedule using Restore previous settings button.
Once you set up a schedule, you can have your Mac wake up and ready to go every morning when you are, or go to sleep or shut down when you’re done each day.
For more help with MacOS, see how to stop your Mac from freezing or how to use the accessibility features of the engine.