Are you a macOS user? If your answer is “YES” then I want you to know that Apple has you blessed you with a cool feature called ‘Energy Saver’.

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For some reasons, you might like to Schedule Your Mac To Shut Down, Sleep Or Restart. The energy saver feature on macOS is nothing close to that of Windows or any other Operating system competing with Apple’s MacOS. Energy Saver has the ability to put your computer and display to sleep after a period of inactivity. You can choose how long that period of inactivity is; a few minutes or a couple of hours. It can also put your hard disk to sleep if you enable the option. With the macOS Energy Saver feature; You can set your Mac to automatically sleep, shut down, or restart at any given time of the day or week. You can set it to shut down or sleep every day or periodically. It’s all your choice. It’s simple to set up but slightly obscure to locate. In this article, I am going to show you how to easily locate this feature on your Mac and how you can schedule your Mac to shut down, sleep, or restart all by itself.

Energy Saver has the ability to put your computer and display to sleep after a period of inactivity. You can choose how long that period of inactivity is; a few minutes or a couple of hours. It can also put your hard disk to sleep if you enable the option. With the macOS Energy Saver feature; You can set your Mac to automatically sleep, shut down, or restart at any given time of the day or week. You can set it to shut down or sleep every day or periodically. It’s all your choice. It’s simple to set up but slightly obscure to locate. In this article, I am going to show you how to easily locate this feature on your Mac and how you can schedule your Mac to shut down, sleep, or restart all by itself.

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Open the System Preferences app. On the main preferences pane, select ‘Energy Saver’. It’s the light bulb icon in the second row of preferences.

mac os system preferences How To Schedule Your Mac To Shut Down Or Sleep

On the Energy Saver preferences panel, click the ‘Schedule’ button at the bottom right.

macOS energy saver How To Schedule Your Mac To Shut Down Or Sleep

A panel will slide out. This is where you can schedule your Mac to shut down or sleep, or restart. There are two options that you can enable on this screen; Start-up or Wake, and Sleep. Enable the Sleep option. Open the menu and select either Sleep or shut down or restart from the listed options. Select when you want to shut down or sleep your Mac e.g. everyday at a specific time and then select the time. Click ‘Ok’ and you’re all done.

You can also schedule when your Mac will start up or wake. This feature can only be used if your Mac is connected to a power supply i.e., it needs to be plugged in. This makes sense of course because unless your Mac has power it can’t start. It doesn’t let you schedule start up or wake if your MacBook battery is charged.

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We should point out that your Energy Saver preferences might look a little different from those in the screenshots above. If your Mac is a MacBook you will see a Battery tab in the Energy Saver preferences. Regardless what options you see (or don’t see), you will always have the ‘Schedule’ button.

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A little problem with this feature is that if your Mac is already asleep, it won’t be able to ‘shut down’ as per schedule. If you put your Mac to sleep before getting up from your desk, don’t expect the schedule function to shut it down at the set time.

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