Schedule automatic Mac wake up / sleep time

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Exit34, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Exit34, Jan 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    Hello guys,

    I recently purchased a new mini and would like to schedule a set time ever day for the mini to wake up and a set time for it to then go to sleep. I understand where the schedule preference is under energy saver, however I have a few questions.

    The attached image is the initial energy saver screen you see. Am I able to leave the "computer sleep" and "display sleep" currently at its default settings, or would I have to set these to 'Never' sleep in order to follow a specific wake/sleep schedule?

    My set-up is the computer will always be powered on. I would like for it to wake at 6AM and sleep at 1AM. For the time in-between 6AM and 1AM, I would like for the computer to NEVER sleep at all. I do not mind either way what the display does, as I manually turn the display off when away from the computer.

    Any provided insight into what I need to do to accomplish what I had described would be appreciated.

    Thanks all

    Edit: Here is the image I had referred to
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Put the top slider to never, ensuring it never sleeps of its own accord. Put the 2nd slider to something sensible, eg 15-20 minutes. Even if you put the screen off, this will stop the mac outputting an image so will save a little power.

    Then set your sleep/wake timings in the schedule tab.

    I think this will ensure its always on during the day and sleeping at night.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    Thank you very much for the reply. Will try out those settings shortly.

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