How to schedule your Mac

How To Schedule your Mac desktop computer to turn on or off

Macs are very efficient computers and most users do not turn them off except on rare occasions. MacBooks are very efficient and use little battery power when they sleep, and desktop Macs are fairly quiet. However, it is highly recommended that we turn them off from time to time, and one option to automate this process is to schedule them off and on.

How to schedule your Mac

Apple includes a native option in macOS to schedule our Mac to turn off and on. We can choose the days of the week we want this to happen and the exact time. For example, scheduling the shutdown at night is highly recommended.

We are going to teach you how to set your Mac to turn itself on or turn off at a specific time. It is also slightly different depending on the Mac you have, it is not done the same in an iMac as in a MacBook.

So you can schedule your Mac to turn on or off at a specific time

Programming the power on or off of your Mac is a highly recommended task, especially if we use them at a desk to work. This way you don’t have to worry, your Mac will shut down at night and start-up in the morning so it’s ready when you need it.

You can schedule your Mac to turn it on at any time and on the days you prefer. And you can also configure it to turn off, go to sleep or restart at a specific time and day. To do this you must follow these steps:

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  • Enter System Preferences on your Mac. From the Apple logo on the top bar or from the Dock icon.
  • Now click on Energy Saver, if you have an iMac or a Mac mini, or on Battery if you have a MacBook.
  • If you have a desktop Mac, click on Schedule at the bottom.
  • If you have a MacBook, tap Schedule under the battery icon.
  • By clicking on Start or activate you can select the days and time you want you’re to turn on.
  • By activating the second option you will be able to put the Mac to Sleep, Restart or Shut down on a specific day and time.

Without a doubt, it is a very interesting function, whether you want to use it in a specific way or, especially, if you want to leave it programmed so that your Mac turns on or off automatically on the weekend or on weekdays. Your Mac will rest when you’re not using it, protecting its components, especially the battery.