How to Schedule Your Mac to Start Up, Shut Down, Sleep, and Restart

George Herman
George Herman
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Every PC user knows that he can start up, shut down, put to sleep, and restart his machine manually. Absolutely the same thing is valid for Mac users who can control these options from the Apple Menu at the top-left of their monitor. However, there is another option that can make Mac users’ life easier – scheduling these functionalities automatically. This is how you can do this by yourself.

Schedule Your Mac’s Power Options –

  1. Go to the Apple Menu at the top-left of your monitor and open System Preferences.
  2. Click the Energy Saver icon.
  3. Click the Schedule button at the lower-right corner of the window.
  4. When a drop-down menu shows up, you can configure what you’d like your Mac to do (start up, sleep, shut down, etc.) and when you’d like that action to occur.
  • The first checkbox defines Start up or wake. If you check it, your Mac will do one of these two actions depending on the stat that is in at the designated time. For instance, if your Mac is powered off at the designated time, it will start up; if it’s only sleeping, it will wake up.
  • The second checkbox defines the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down options. You can select any of the three options from the drop-down menu to configure the time you’d like your Mac to perform these actions.

Apart from scheduling the above-mentioned options, you can also configure the days you’d like any of them to occur. If you want this to happen on a particular day of the week, or on weekends only, just select it from the drop-down menu. After you’ve made your choice, click OK on the box, and you are all set.

Every time you schedule your Mac to sleep, it will give you a warning before it cuts you off, so you can finish the task you’ve been working on.

The thing you should remember here, is that if you configure a Start up or wake time on your MacBook, it will only happen when your laptop is plugged into a power adapter. Otherwise, this functionality will not work.

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