I have a 2010 iMac that I left on 24/7 for13 years, no problem.Yes, it's OK.
I've kept my Mac Studio on 24/7/365 since I got it over a year ago and have experienced no untoward effects from doing so. It wakes every morning at 3 AM to do a CCC backup then goes back to sleep. Instantaneous on whenever I need to use it during the day. No spinning platter to spin up (slowing down startup) or wear out bearings. Sweet.
Power cycling causes thermal stress on your mini's components. While it's less of an issue now, thermal stress is the primary cause of solid state device failure. You have to balance a shorter lifetime with the cost of electricity and A/C; my rule of thumb is if it's used at least 8 hours a day, leave it on 24, so I generally shut down (work) machines only for weekends.Mac mini, is it ok to leave your Mac mini on all the time?
Depending on where you live, having a good surge protector might be a good idea!
In my case, I have a whole home surge protector that was installed at the same time as my standby whole home generator. So my Mac desktops are on 24/7/365 without concern for power outages. As I said before, I've encountered no problems.Not the current model, but I left my 2012 Mini on (or sometimes in Sleep mode) 24/7 for over 9 years straight. Only got turned off when I was away for more than a day, or doing hardware maintenance/upgrades, or when there were electrical storms about for more than an hour or so (battery limit of the UPS).
That Mini is still working fine (last time I fired it up, now running an M2 Air as primary comp).
Definitely get a good surge filter (usually incorporated into a UPS).
Plus, it would be pretty hard to overheat the mini when it's in standby (sleeping) unless some process or app happened to be running in the background unintentionally/unexpectedly.Looking at a tear down on YouTube it’s obvious the mini still has loads of free space inside and great ventilation so the chances of it overheating are minimal
Hey, you might try to set your power settings so that the Mac wakes automatically when power is resumed - when you turn on the power strip.... saves you one button press!Do you NEED to leave it on all the time?
Since I started using Macs (in 1987), I keep the Mac (and peripherals) plugged into a power strip.
Each night, I power everything off (including the Mac).
And then, for an extra measure, I reach down and TURN OFF the power strip.
In the morning I turn the power strip back on, and press the Mini's power on button.
This routine has worked for me, for 36 years. Guess it will work "until I'm done"...
Here wha I did is install a whole house surge protector, protect absolutely everything that is plugged in the homeYep Well Worth it
We have ours plugged into a 300w 240v Battery UPS, Will run it for a couple of hours in case of power outage, (was only £50 from Amazon)
Especially useful as we run our house off grid when at home so it saves it getting spikes or rebooting everytime we switch from the Grid to our local power..
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My M1 mini is my file/media server so it gets left on 24/7, no issues here.
I have a 2010 iMac that I left on 24/7 for13 years, no problem.