Shut Down or Sleep?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Joe-M, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Joe-M macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Don't know if there's a "right" answer for this but here goes....when you leave your computer, is it better to shut it down completely or put it in sleep mode? The computer will be used though-out the day, sometimes sitting for half an hour, sometimes for a couple of hours. How bout at night, when it won't be used till next morning?
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Sleep. No need to shut down a Mac.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    ^^ This. Only shut mine down a handful of times since I got it.
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I sleep mine during the day but before going to bed I shut it down and start fresh in the morning.
  5. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Only time mine is shut down is for a restart to do an update to it. Otherwise only put to sleep. Always done this with any Mac I have owned and it has never caused any issues.
  6. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2010
    You can Sleep your iMac most of the time. Doing so will make your iMac boot up faster than if you had shut it down.

    I usually only shut mine down if I am going away for a few days.

    Other than that, I shut mine down every couple of weeks, but no less.
  7. Aameiel macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2011
    Cape Coral, FL
  8. 808? macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
    You can set one of the "hot corners" in the screen saver preferences to sleep the display only if you are leaving your desk short term. :)
  9. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    if your going to use it an hour here , an hour there during the day , you can also leave it on & just sleep the monitor
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I only shut mine off if I know I'm not going to be using it for more then a day or so. Or if I know there is going to be a severe electrical storm or other power related issues.
  11. aware macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2012
  12. jaxhunter macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2012
    Sleep is a low power state that retains minimal power to most of the system. In this low power mode most operations are paused but enough power remains to the CPU, RAM, GPU, Hard drives, caches, etc to quickly resume what it was doing prior to the setting of the sleep condition.

    Shorter answer; no. Sleep will not reset the RAM. However, weird things happen so one should always save before leaving a machine.

    My philosophy on sleep was always if I'm coming back to it today I'll let it sleep but if I'm not coming back until tomorrow turn it off. There are a number of compelling safety and security reasons (perhaps only in my mind as I am trained to be conscious of these things) to want the machine powered off when it is unsupervised.
  13. dannyd4315 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    What about leaving it on all the time and just sleeping the display? Is that not advisable? I use mine as a media centre so downloads stuff over night....
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    During the day, let it sleep.

    At night, shut it down and restart in the morning.

    Regardless of the "convenience" of sleep, we see small glitches and problems here in the forums from time to time -- many of which are cured by a shutdown and restart...
  15. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    That's what I do. Sleep is not fool-proof, so I prefer this.
  16. jetlife2 macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2004
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Taking the other side

    I prefer to shutdown. The advantage for me is that I have several hard drives and other devices powered on at the same time and a shutdown provides an easy way to also control the other devices. Using a smart power strip, with the mac as the master device, then powering down the mac also powers down the rest of the devices with no user intervention needed. Also with an SSD the boot time is immaterial.
  17. dannyd4315 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    Good to know. Have you ever had any issues with this?
  18. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    All my iMacs and Mac minis have run this way. My Mac mini hasn't been shut down since 2012. :)

    No issues whatsoever.

    For the iMac I set a hot corner to turn the display off.
  19. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I never shut my Mac's off, except during severe t-storms where I physically unplug them from the wall. Otherwise, they're always on (or asleep) and have been for years.
  20. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    you are correct, there is no 'right' answer, just a preference

    I let mine sleep :)
  21. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    Same here. One reason is because some applications need a restart. For example, I found out the hard way when a lot of Outlook 2011 reminders didn't pop up. I'd restart for another reason, and when it was done booting up, I'd get multiple overdue reminders. So now I restart every morning.
  22. jmiddel macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2010
    Land of Enchantment
    I never turn my Mini off, just have it set to spin down the HD and turn monitor off. I don't like sleep, because sometimes it has caused crashes, admittedly this was years ago, but rather safe than sorry.

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