Are you supposed to turn off your computer at night?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by provoloney, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. provoloney macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I never turn off my old macbook. At night or when I'm not using it I just close it and it goes to sleep. Is this bad? With my old pc, I used to turn it off periodically, but that's b/c it would start having all kinds of bugs if I didn't periodically restart.

    Just wondering if I'm harming the mac by doing this.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Sleeping is the way to go.

    I rarely need to restart unless it's for an install or update.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    My computer is on 24/7 and cranked 100% the whole time.
  4. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The only time I turn my computer off is if I am going on a trip and not taking my laptop. Other than that, sleep! Think of sleep as a type of "off".
  5. huck500 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2004
    Southern California
    Agreed, sleep is the way to go. My Mini's been on serving music for a couple of years.:)
  6. provoloney thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Awesome. This, in itself, is an awesome advantage of macs over pcs. It's been a while, but if I remember correctly, this would never work on a pc.
  7. Maxpilot macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
    PC's sleep too. No problem.
    Personally, I always shut down at night because it only takes 4 seconds.
    It saves battery or electricity.
  8. bbotte macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2008
  9. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Yeah I sleep mine almost always, although SL did make shutdowns almost instant...and my macbook is starting to take a while to go into sleep mode. I'd rather wait for it to sleep than wait for it to turn on/wake up though.
  10. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    i don't put mine into "sleep" per se. Rather, i just leave it on, and then it will go to sleep.
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I disagree with what seems to be the consensus here.

    I ALWAYS turn my Macs off at night, unless for some rare reason when they need to be left on.

    That way, when rebooted the next morning, they literally "start out fresh". I don't want anything "hanging over" from the day before.

    It seems to have kept this old g4 healthy. It's still running on the original system software installation from 2004. Although it's been upgraded to 10.3.9 using Software Update, I have never had the need to do a "full reinstallation" of the System. It just runs.

    I also go against the conventional wisdom by defragmenting and optimizing the g4's internal drives from time to time. Works for me.

    - John
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Same here. (shut down for the night)
  13. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    This seems to be much more an american thing (to leave it in sleep status at night).. I turn it off since I'm not using it and it's not wasting any electricity.. Do the same, every little bit helps.
  14. neosferatu macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    for me, i always shut my mbp down when i'm done.
    saves a little bit of juice and i don't mind waiting 1 minute for mbp to start up in the next day.

    sleep mode is occasional, such as in middle of presentation where i need to take a break and later will be resuming.
  15. danchurchill123 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2009
    always shut down.
    and with the way the world is going with us pollution the earth lately how can you leave it on? i know that it consumes next to nothing when it's in sleep. but multiply that by how many people would leave it on sleep and it does add up.... every little bit here and there makes a big your part.
  16. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I only ever turn it off when I go on holiday.

    It seems ridiculous to me to always be turning a laptop on and off, you want to use it, you open it and go. You don't want to use it, you close the lid. Done, no waiting.
  17. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    instaxgirl, do you get up in the middle of the night and use the computer?
  18. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    i sure hope it's folding
  19. iWright macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    I'd be interested to know if macs actually ran better having been left on, i.e warmed up or something. At the moment I turn mine off at night, but up for persuasion
  20. broken-chaos macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    It shouldn't make a significant difference in most cases, aside from the startup/shutdown times. It does help to occasionally quit programs - particularly web browsers - to free up some RAM again. A number of programs have small, slow memory leaks (again, particularly some web browsers!) that are cleared up after the program is restarted.

    I do whatever I feel like on a whim when I go to bed. Sometimes the laptop goes into sleep, sometimes I just flip it off. Usually flip it off if the battery's low, though.
  21. challiman macrumors member

    May 7, 2009
    I put my MBP to sleep at night, but if I had animals that were roaming about at night I'd shut it down, just in case their rowdy behavior caused it to fall. I'm pretty sure it would be better off to be shut down than in sleep mode if it was dropped or knocked off the desk.
  22. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I turn my MBP off every night unless I'm downloading something big. If I don't turn if off, I notice slowness in applications. For me a filmmaker, shutting down is done nearly every night.
  23. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    talk about an uninformed fanboy

    I put my laptop/desktop on hibernate when I go to sleep
  24. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    When I go to bed, I shut down my iBook, and I use that to have it fully recharge. Stays cooler that way.

  25. Deborah0702 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2008
    I shut down at night and turn on while I am making coffee. For a while I had it so the computer automatically came on at a certain time in the morning. That was nice but my husband reset that when I went on vacation and I haven't set it back to do that again.

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