Does your Mac go to sleep when you are downloading a file or backing it up? Do you want to keep your Mac from sleeping? Okay, there are three easy ways to do so. The first one is using energy-saver feature, second is to use terminal, and third is using third-party app. All these methods are straightforward. So, let us dig right in and see how to stop your Mac from sleeping.
- Prevent Your Mac from Sleeping Using Energy Saver
- Prevent Mac From Sleeping Using Terminal App
- Using Third-party Apps
- Click on the Apple logo from top-right → Click on
- Click on
Note: If you are on a MacBook, you will see two tabs here: Battery and Power Adapter. You can follow steps 3 and 4 below for both Battery power and while your MacBook is charging.
- Drag the Turn display off after slider to Never → Select
- Next, tick the box for Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.
Now, your Mac will not go to sleep. If you wish to turn off this feature, follow the above steps, and drag the slider to the left and set the time according to your preference. Now, you Mac will sleep after the set period of inactivity.
- Go to Applications folder → Utilities → and open Terminal. Or press Command (⌘) + Space Bar to open Spotlight Search and type Terminal.
- Type one of the following Terminal commands according to your preference and hit the enter.
caffeinate -dTo prevent the display from sleeping.
caffeinate -iTo prevent the system from idle sleeping.
caffeinate -mTo prevent the disk from going idle.
caffeinate -sKeep the Mac awake while it is plugged into AC power.
caffeinateNow, your Mac will stay awake for as long as you leave the Terminal running. To stop this, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C.
caffeinate -t 1800 &Here 1800 is the time in seconds. You can set it to anything. Now your Mac will stay awake for this time duration.
The above commands run as long as you leave the Terminal app running.
Amphetamine from the Mac App Store.
- Open the app and click on Next. You can read and click
- Click on
- Click on
- Now, Click on Amphetamine app icon from the top menu bar and then click on
Other Apps That Prevent Your Mac From Sleeping