How to Schedule Your Mac to Power On

Mac computers have the ability to automatically power themselves on. A switched off, shut down, Mac can be scheduled to start up at a specific date and time. This ability is present in all modern Mac computers.

Mac computers can also wake themselves up from sleep mode. Sleep mode is the state your Mac enters after it has not been used for a while; the display switches off, the hard drive spins down, and the small white light on the front of the computer pulses gently.

Power Manager lets you schedule when your Mac powers on and wakes up from sleep.

Create a Scheduled Power On/Start Up

  1. Launch System Preferences and select Power Manager.
  2. Click "Add…" to create a new event.
    Create a new event by clicking "Add…" in Power Manager's System Preference
  3. Choose the template "Power on daily".
    Select "Power on daily" in the Schedule Assistant
  4. Click Continue to the "What" step.
    Click "Continue" passed the "What" step
  5. Click Continue to the "When" step.
  6. Adjust the time and days to match your needs.
    Adjust the time and days to match your schedule in the "When" step
  7. Continue through the remaining steps until your event is created.
    Your Mac is now scheduled to power on automatically

Your power on event is now scheduled and ready to run. If you need to schedule additional times and days, add another event. You can build up sophisticated schedules by combining multiple events.

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