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

Have you ever thought of scheduling your Mac to automatically start up, restart, sleep or shut down? You could set the machine to start up 10 minutes before you get out of bed, so that all the notifications can be updated and ready for your browsing. You can also manage your Mac to shut down one hour later until the downloading task is finished.

How to Schedule Your Mac to Start Up, Sleep or Shut Down

The scheduling feature, which helps you to set a time for your Mac to automatically start up, wake, sleep, restart or shut down, can be accessed from Energy Saver settings. If you have not utilized this feature on your Mac, check this post to learn more.

  • Open up System Preferences from the Apple menu, Spotlight or Dock.
  • Click the Energy Saver icon, and then click the Schedule button at the bottom.

Now you can create your custom schedule for startup, shutdown, restart or sleep:

  1.  Start up or wake – tick the checkbox of “Start up or wake”, then choose the day(s) from the pop-up menu, enter a specific time, and click OK to save the changes.
  2.  Sleep, restart or shut down – Tick the second checkbox and select “Sleep”, “Restart” or “Shut Down” from the pop-up menu on the left, then choose a day or group of days from the pop-up menu on the right and enter a time. Click OK to keep the changes.

The first important thing to note is that you must be logged into your Mac to activate the schedules. Besides, there are some points you should notice, like:

To schedule Mac to start up successfully, make sure to connect it to a power adapter.

If your Mac happens to be sleeping at the time when it is scheduled to shut down, it will continue sleeping instead of shutting down. And if your Mac has not finished the shutdown but the scheduled sleep time arrives, it might go back to sleep again.

If there exist opened documents with unsaved changes, or apps that keep running, your Mac may be prevented from going to sleep or shut down at the scheduled time.

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