How to schedule startup and shutdown on Mac

How to schedule startup and shutdown on Mac

Macs offer many features and many of them are located in places where the average user won't appear. One of the features offered by macOS is the ability to schedule Mac startup and shutdown times. This feature can be useful if you forget to turn off your Mac after a long day at work. And it can also come in handy when you want your Mac to automatically turn on at the specified times, so you can access it remotely. In any case, there are many cases where you may need this function. Therefore, here's how you can schedule Mac startup and shutdown times.

Note : you'll need to keep your Mac connected to power if you want to use this feature.

Automatic shutdown or Mac boot

Here are the steps to take, the Mac startup schedule and shutdown times.

1. First, go in System Preferences . Here, click on " Energy saving ".

2. In the Energy Saver preferences pane, click "Schedule".

3. Here, click the checkboxes next to " Start or reactivate " is "Suspend". You can also use the drop-down menu to change your preferences from "Sleep", "Stop" or "Restart". After doing so, you can also set the time you want to wake up your Mac or turn it off. Likewise, you can set the timer for "Sleep" to make sure your Mac shuts down the moment you define it.

Use third party applications to schedule Mac startup and shutdown

If you don't want to use the integrated method on your Mac, you can try one of the many third-party apps available for this purpose. Some of the apps you can try are listed below. Keep in mind that some of them may not work on macOS Sierra. Make sure to check compatibility before purchasing these apps.

1. Timer Clock ($ 0.99 on the App Store)

2. NIWO Slumber ($ 4.99 on the App Store)

3. Shutdown ($ 3.99 on the App Store)

Automate starting and stopping your Mac

Using this method you can easily schedule the times you want your Mac to shut down, or on startup. certainly an interesting feature that Apple has offered to its users, and although it may not prove useful for everyone, for the people who will use it, an extremely great functionality.

So, have you ever wished your Mac could shut down on its own once you finished using it? It wouldn't be easier if you start work and your laptop turns on automatically. As always, I'd like to hear your thoughts and comments on this method in the comments section below.