Million Dollar Question: sleep or shut down completely??

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Sleep or Shut down?

  1. Sleep

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  2. Shut down

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  1. samuel827 macrumors newbie

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    What is everyone doing? For those who rarely shut down, are you noticing any performance or battery issues?
     
  2. hj576 macrumors regular

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    From what I have read, Sleep when its for short periods, Shut down when its like over night. Thats what I plan to do
     
  3. Gixene macrumors regular

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  5. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Shutdown.. it boots up within 15 seconds or so, no major issues there.
     
  6. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Isn't shutting down and restarting more of a strain?

    I've used sleep for years and have been fine.
     
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  8. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Sleep, unless you'll be powered off for a week or more.
     
  9. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    Sleep. For more than a few days I might shut down, but typically just sleep.
     
  10. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    I usually power down, unless I am going to be away for an less than an hour. The new MacBook Pro just bought (2016 MBP 13" No Touch Bar) starts in just seconds compared to my old early 2011 13" that it feels like it's being awaken from sleep mode as it is.
     
  11. largefarrva macrumors 6502a

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    Sleep by closing the lid so my Time Machine backups keep going. Only time I ever shut down is if needed for a reboot. Been doing this for over four years on my mid 2012 rMBP and haven't had any adverse effects to my computer whatsoever.
     
  12. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I don't think the question is worth a million dollars.
    Sleep, or shut down - whichever suits you better.

    Personally, I sleep my Macbook, unless I know it will not be used for more than a couple of days, and I shut it down.
    There may be several months between those shut-downs. I may restart a couple of times a week, but not shutdown if that is not convenient - it's not a big deal.
     
  13. Nermal Moderator

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    I've used sleep since getting my first Mac 13 years ago. No problems.
     
  14. Hyloba macrumors 6502

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    Isn't it recommended to just put the macbook to sleep like it is with any phone? Who powers there phone down anyway? I never shut down my computer.
     
  15. BasicGreatGuy, Nov 12, 2016
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    I have been leaving mine running all the time and just turning off the screen using a hot corner swipe.
     
  16. Rkuda macrumors regular

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    There is no need to power down unless you will not be using the computer for multiple days / weeks.

    Manually powering down the laptop all the time is just busy work that doesn't really accomplish anything useful. You also don't get to take advantage of app nap features if the computer is off.
     
  17. NYCVB macrumors newbie

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but shutting down if you have file vault active makes the hard drive impossible to access without the password? Isn't that a huge reason to shut down your laptop each time?
    Anyone have a rough idea of how long the new macbook takes to turn on to the login screen? The faster SSD should make a big difference.
     
  18. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    As to your question, you are correct. You can also set your Mac to require the password immediately when engaging the Mac after sleep or when refreshing the screen when it has been put to sleep.
     
  19. NYCVB macrumors newbie

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    Yes but my understanding is that file vault isn't activated unless the machine shuts down. In other words if you just put your laptop to sleep and someone steals it, they can remove the hard drive and access it from another computer. If the machine is shut down, they can't.
     
  20. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    No, that data on the disk is encrypted.
     
  21. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I shut mine down when it needs an update or something is wrong(actually restart, but whatever.)

    I've considered shutting it down for security reasons, and I do when I travel. But otherwise I just leave it on.
     
  22. Altis macrumors 68020

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    I turn my MBP off when I'm done using it.

    I sleep it if I want to resume where I left off.
     
  23. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    I shut down a computer if I don't expect to use it for a few days. Otherwise I just let it sleep.

    It's never caused me any problems.

    My laptop hasn't been turned off for about 2 years. I just close the lid when I'm not using it.

    My desktop is always working 24 hours a day. I always have it doing something.

    Other than maintenance (cleaning) and upgrades, it's been powered on nonstop since 2006. I only restart it when I've done above mentioned upgrades or maintenance. That and of course if a software update requires a restart.

    I haven't had any problems this way.
     
  24. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

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    I've only ever shut down if I was leaving for a long trip and not taking my computer with me. Otherwise I only sleep my computer. Been doing this since 2009 with my first Mac (13" MBP). Never had any issues. I honestly don't know why anyone would shut down their macbook on a regular basis. But to each their own.
     
  25. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502

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    On my cMBP - before it started falling apart - I would leave it running for at least 3-4 days before rebooting.

    With my rMBP, I expect that to be extended to a week.
     

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