Schedule Your Mac to Shut Down Automatically [Tutorial]

How to schedule your Mac to shut down automatically

Here is how you can schedule your iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini or Mac Pro to shut down automatically.

macOS Allows You to Schedule an Automatic Shutdown of Your Mac at any Given Day or Time, Here is How it Works

There are a lot of reasons why you would want your Mac to stay awake for extended periods of time. While it may serve the purpose you had in mind, but keeping any computer powered on for a long time is generally not a good idea.

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When you know that your work is complete (or has been completed) in the background, did you know you can set your Mac to shut down automatically at a predefined time? In fact, you can have it shutdown at the exact same time every single day of the week if you wanted to.

In our fresh new tutorial, we will show you how you can do just that. Read the steps below and you will be a pro at this immediately.


Note: This tutorial will not work if your Mac is asleep. It has to be powered on in order to shut down automatically.

Step 1. Launch System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the menu bar

Step 2. If you are on a MacBook, click on Battery. Desktop users can click on Energy Saver

Step 3. Now click on Schedule at the left hand side

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Step 4. Check the second box to enable its options

Step 5. From the first drop-down menu, select Shut Down

Step 6. Select the day you want your computer to shut down

Step 7. Select the time as well

Once set up, your Mac will shut down at the predefined time and day. This is a very great feature, especially if you are running an office where you would want every single computer to power down at a set time in order to save energy.

I will go as far as saying that this feature is especially handy when it comes to energy savings at home, especially if you have an iMac. Sure, a Mac might not consume that much energy while it is sleeping but a complete shut down will make the Earth a happier place.

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