Everyone has probably experienced their computer falling asleep at the worst times. Whether you got up to tend to some errand or left it on to perform an update, it’s frustrating to come back to a computer that isn’t ready for you.. Further, adjusting your Mac’s power settings all the time is too clunky a solution to the problem.
We’ve discussed several apps to keep a Mac awake before, but unfortunately many of them have fallen by the wayside. This is especially true of Caffeine. The once-ubiquitous Mac app is apparently no longer being developed, as it had problems with the last few versions of OS X and doesn’t look right on Retina displays.
Thankfully, there’s an alternative, and it’s a great one. It’s called Amphetamine, available for free on the Mac App Store. Not content to be a replacement to Caffeine, Amphetamine goes several steps beyond (go ahead, chuckle).
Amphetamine lives on your Mac’s app bar. The basic functionality of keeping your system awake for a set amount of time (or indefinitely) is alive and well, but the app also features different triggers for staying awake. If you want your system to never sleep when a certain app (say, Photoshop) is open, you can enable Amphetamine for just that app.
There are also plenty of options to dig into if you like to configure everything. Power users will also love the ability to use triggers, which are conditions that must be fulfilled for Amphetamine to run. Top all this off with the fact that Amphetamine is totally free and contains no ads or hidden purchases, and you’ve got the definitive power management app for macOS.
Been using Caffeine to control when/if my Mac goes to sleep. Just switched to Amphetamine which IMO is far superior: https://t.co/yKHh2G99Gy
— Nadeem Shabir (@kiyanwang) October 8, 2016
Amphetamine is one of the must-have apps for anyone who spends their day on a Mac; be sure to check out the others!
When do you need to keep your Mac awake most? Let us know how you’ve used Amphetamine down in the comments!
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