Optimizing the power settings on your Apple Computer can significantly improve the battery life of your Mac. The settings in Energy Saver preferences affect what happens when your Mac is left unattended for a period of time that you specify.

How To Change the Power Settings On My Apple Computer

You can use the following instructions to change your selected power settings.

  1. Click on the “Apple” icon in the top left hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. On the System Preferences screen, click on the “Energy Saver” icon (it looks like a compact fluorescent light bulb).
  4. If you have a laptop (MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.) and would like to maximize the power savings, please utilize at least the settings below.
    1. Computer sleep: 30 minutes
    2. Display sleep: 5-10 minutes
    3. Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible – check
    4. Wake for network access – check
    5. Automatically reduce brightness before display goes to sleep – check
  5. The image below is only when the computer is plugged into a power charger. You can select “Battery” to configure the power options for when the computer utilizes battery power.
Apple Computer Energy Saver
Apple Computer Energy Saver

Use Apple’s Energy Saver preferences to set options that control your computer’s energy use. If you have a portable Mac computer, these options also help you extend your battery’s life.

For example, you can set your computer, or just your display, to sleep automatically when it’s inactive for a period of time. If your computer is in the middle of a task that you want to finish, you should set only the display to sleep.

The options available to you depend on the computer you’re using. Some options aren’t available on all Apple computers.

Apple computer logo red background
Apple computer logo in red background

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