Is it better to turn off or sleep my MacBook?

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  1. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

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  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I don't think it makes much difference, the extra electricity from starting it up often could slightly shorten the life of some components, but probably not noticably. I will keep my powerbook running for several weeks at a time, the only times I shut it down are when an update requires it to restart or I am going to be gone for a few days and I havn't had any problems related to that.
     
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    Sleep the machine so that you can be sure it runs its daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks. Having said that, a restart can't hurt every now and then.
     
  4. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not an expert on the matter, but you may want to give some more info to go along with that question, as it may affect the answer. For example, how often do you shut down/sleep and re-waken your MacBook? And for how long is it off/asleep?

    The cron maintenance tasks don't run if the computer is asleep.
     
  5. Joshua8o8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ^ your right more info would be helpful, sorry. I use my macbook just about everyday. If i was to just put it to sleep. i would be waking it anywhere from 1-4 times in a day. It usually would not be off/asleep for more than a day. Thanks for all the replies!
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No, but ever since 10.4.2 they've been set to run the next time the machine wakes up. This isn't the case for a shut down machine though.
     
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    if you are using it that much just put it to sleep. I would shut it down though if you wont be using it for more than a day.
     
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    Cool, didn't know that.
     
  9. Joshua8o8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks everyone for your helpful advice! I will start to put my macbook to sleep more often.
     
  10. letswastetime macrumors regular

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    i use my computer randomly throughout the day. usually i could use it for a half an hour then put it to sleep until i need it about another hour or 2 later. is it better to put my macbook to sleep or put on the screensaver if i leave it for a only 1-2 hours?
     
  11. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Sleeping

    I never put shut mine down, it sleeps most of the day and night and its never had any problems, although as im typing this, im realising my keyboard is screwing up. My Z is a Y and my Y is a Z, and my apostophe and others now look like this. àéè¨$. Oh dear.

    Maybe its time for a restart.
     
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    If you leave it plugged in all day, let it sleep at night unplugged. This drains about 10% of the battery overnight and aids overall battery life.
     
  14. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    It's not better or worse to sleep/turn off your Macbook. Just depends what you need. If I'm not going to be using it for a long time, say overnight, I switch it off. Otherwise I just put it to sleep.
     
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    Sounds like a german keyboard layout to me.
     
  16. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a

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    What? No...the type of batteries in these computers like to be topped off, all the time. Leaving it unplugged at night is only going to use up the batteries' life.

    If you're not using it away from the desk, it should be plugged in.
     
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    Do you have some Apple reference that shows this? I can't find anything that says leaving it plugged in all the time is best.
     
  18. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No. Lithium Ion batteries liked to be exercised a little. Apple even states that the ideal user (as far as battery life is concerned) is a commuter. A small discharge and then a small recharge. You may end up with more cycles this way but capacity will remain higher for longer.

    www.batteryuniversity.com
     

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