How to Schedule Your Mac to Restart Once a Week

It can be useful to ensure your Mac is restarted at least once a week. In managed environments, such as classrooms and labs, Macs can go many weeks without being shut down or restarted.

Being able to automate a restart once a week is possible with Power Manager.

Create a Scheduled Restart

  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.
    Select the Power off daily task in the Schedule Assistant
  4. Click Continue to the What step.
  5. Select Restart for What should be performed?.
    Select Restart for the action to be performed
  6. Click Continue to the When step.
  7. Adjust the time and days to match your needs.
    Select the day and time to perform the restart.
  8. Continue through the remaining steps until your event is created.
    Continue through the remaining steps.

Your restart event is now scheduled and ready to run. The event will wake up a sleeping Mac in order to perform the restart. However, if the Mac is already shut down when the event is due, nothing will happen. Thus you know the Mac will be always be restarted or shut down once a week.

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