How to Schedule Your Mac to Sleep

It is a good idea to power down or put your Mac to sleep when it is not in use. This saves energy and in turn saves you money.

Your Mac can go to sleep after being left idle, but this is not always reliable. Most of us have a reasonably predictable daily routine and getting your Mac to work effortlessly with your routine is desirable.

Using Power Manager you can schedule your Mac to go sleep at a specific time each day. You can even schedule your Mac to go to sleep at specific times on weekdays, and at a different time on weekends.

Let's walk through how to schedule your Mac to sleep at 9:00 pm every night of the working week.

Create a Scheduled Sleep Event

  1. Launch System Preferences and select Power Manager.
  2. Click Add… to create a new event.
    Click Add... to create a new Power Manager event.
  3. Choose the template Power off daily.
    Choose the Power off daily event template.
  4. Click Continue to the What step.
  5. Select Sleep for What should be performed?.
    Select Sleep from the choice of power events to perform.
  6. Click Continue to the When step.
  7. Adjust the time and days to read 9:00 pm, with only Monday through Friday selected.
    Adjust the time and days of the Power Manager sleep event.
  8. Continue through the remaining steps until your event is created.
    Continue to the Why step.
    Confirm the creation of your new Power Manager event.

Having followed the steps above, Power Manager will now show your newly created event. The event is scheduled immediately and Power Manager will now put your Mac to sleep every weekday evening at 9:00 pm.

Your new Power Manager sleep event is ready.

You can see your new event in the Power Manager status menu bar, and through Power Manager Remote.

Your new sleep event appears in the Power Manager status menu.

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