Is it better to turn on/off pretty often or to put the Mac on sleep mode?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by drewjonn, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. drewjonn macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    Let's say if I turn my Mac off after using it, I would turn it on and off for at least 2-3 times that day.(even if I'm using it only to browse a bit and turn it on again when I'm trying to use it half an hour later) Or to just put it on sleep for the whole day (while not being used) and just turn it off once at night.

    Which one is healthier for the Mac overall? (don't be unbiased even though the difference is very slight)

    I always put my Mac inside the sleeve, which is not a totally flat surface like a desk, therefore, if sleep mode takes a little bit of energy, would it still generate heat even if it's so minor?

    So which do you think would preserve a Mac's battery life and safety better?
  2. Dead0k macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    I would turn it off and on if it is a matter of 3 times a day.

    If you will have to turn it 30 times a day, then no reason to off it, just close the lid :)
  3. SkimMilk168 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2014
    I just close my lid (sleep mode) when I'm done. I travel with it in my backpack. So far, after nearly 2 years of usage, battery life is still good. As for heat - I don't feel any when it's in sleep mode.

    BTW, I only restart / off it when I start to feel that it's sluggish or something is not working properly.

    And this is coming from a Windows support person who asks all my users to shutdown their PCs daily. ;)
  4. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    I never shut off my rMBP and only restart it for updates. I commute with it inside a sleeve case and have never noticed it warm coming out of the bag. The battery isn't affected much either since everything is shut off except power to the RAM. If you have a newer Macbook or Macbook Pro with a PCI-E SSD (2013?), after 1-3 hours the computer will transition from Sleep->Standby where it will save the RAM contents to disk.
  5. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    I've had my unibody macbook for just under 7 years and I only ever shut my lid with a restart or shut down maybe once a week if that.

    Having said that I've noticed in the last few years that when I shut my lid the computer stays on and doesn't go to sleep mode some times.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Only when I travel do I turn off my MBP. As for iMac, its on 24x7.
  7. augustya macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2012
    So let's say you do not it turn off. And only restart it once in a day or say two days ! is there any chance of that will shorten the battery life ? Do you think that is possible ?
  8. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Do whatever you want. Neither method is better or worse.

    I will say that I see no good reason to shut the Mac down for any reason besides an update that requires it or some sort of problem that may be resolved with a restart.

    And as for your battery; just use your computer and don't worry about it.
  9. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I shut off maybe once per month, with the exception of updates, etc, but normal use almost never shut completely off.
    I simply sleep any time I need to leave the computer for more than a few minutes, including overnight.

    And, I agree with "just use your computer, and don't worry about it."
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It doesn't matter, at all.

    You're overthinking this.
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