Turn the iMac off or not?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Finchj05, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Finchj05 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    I have a macbook and pretty much have left that guy on for 3 years straight. Poor guy has had little actual downtime, doing great though. I want to know what the deal is with leaving an iMac on most or all of the time? Anything you guys know would be great. Thanks.
  2. GGJstudios, Mar 10, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time. That doesn't apply to desktops, of course, but it is very bad for your MacBook battery. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:

    It won't hurt to leave your iMac on all the time.
  3. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    The only time I restart/turn off my iMac is when I have to because of Software Update. My current uptime is 19 days.
  4. MacHamster68, Mar 10, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    just leave it on
    my current uptime on my iMac core duo is 41 days 23 hours and a couple minutes
    my eMac's i have 4 of them and uptimes are 163 days 1 hour , 158 days 16hours , 157 days 23 hours and 125 days 5 hours
    my iMac g3's uptimes are :eek: 325 days 14hours and 324 days 12 hours
    doesn't harm them at all , the only thing effected by that is possibly my electricity bill :confused:
  5. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    +1. Won't hurt them a bit.
  6. Emathieu macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011

    Same here (my uptime was 19 days as well before the updates this week). I have mine set to go to sleep in 1 hour of inactivity.
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    My iMac has been on since September last year when I bought it - apart from reboots for new software installs.

    There have been a number of threads on this subject and they all come to the conclusion to leave the machine on - even Apple recommends it!
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Are u guys leaving them on or putting them to sleep? I know some think sleeping them is like turning them off.
  9. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2006
    NE Hoosierana
    Mine stays on excepting when going to be gone for a long time or when it needs a s/w reboot. And mine goes to sleep with me,,, errr, I mean... when I go to sleep.

  10. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    Putting it to sleep. It uses much less power and is quieter (not that the iMac is loud). I have mine set so that pushing the power button on the back puts it to sleep, which I do whenever I leave the house or go to bed.
  11. Detosx macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    Ditto (though 'loud' wise, I was unlucky and have a loud low-bass rumbling Seagate in mine), though latterly I power down to keep my friend happy, for all the tiny amount that it sips.

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