Like us Mac computers like to conserve energy by taking a nap every now and again.
Unable to dose up on coffee shots and red bull your Mac will seek out moments when it has not been in use for a while and enter a low-power mode. This low power mode puts far less strain on its energy and will help make the battery charge last longer.
You will know when your computer is having a snooze when either the screen saver is activated or the screen has dimmed. For a brisk wake up call just tap the mouse pad or a key and the screen will instantly light up.
Your computer is even catching some shut eye after you clip the laptop lid down whilst it is still switched on. Think of the fading on and off light as your beloved Mac snoring 🙂
Baring this in mind, it is important to completely switch off your computer over night or when you know you will not use it for an hour or so, as it is still running an using up electricity.
It is particularly helpful to conserve your Macs energy and battery power on portable computers. A handy tip is to send it into a snooze if it is running a task such as burning a DVD and you are not actively using it during this time.
Here is how to control your Mac Sleep Settings…
1.) You’ve guessed it, the first step is to click on the mini Apple icon perched in your toolbar to open up a drop down menu.
2.) From this menu scroll down and select ‘System Preferences’
3.) From the new pop out window housing many important Mac icons, press ‘Energy Saver’.
4.) This is where the magic happens. A new window will display several sliders that will allow you to immediately adjust the times your Mac goes into hibernation.
5.) Check mark the options you want to control and customize from the options given.
Save power by customizing your portable Macs – MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro sleep settings
1.) Follow all instructions up until step 3. One inside Energy Saver preferences, go one step further and choose the Battery or Power Adapter tab.
2.) To personally customize your Mac laptop sleep settings select and drag the arrows in the sliders to pick your perfect time frame.