How to Prevent Your Mac From Falling Asleep Indefinitely

Ben Stegner 25-10-2016

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 How to Keep Your Mac From Sleeping: 5 Methods That Work Want to keep your Mac from falling asleep? Here are several great ways to block sleep mode and keep your Mac awake. Read More 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 What's New in macOS Sierra? The New Features Coming to Your Mac OS X is dead, long live macOS. Read More  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.


Amphetamine is one of the must-have apps for anyone who spends their day on a Mac 15 Must-Have Apps for Those Who Spend All Day on a Mac Our list of the best Mac apps already caters to all kinds of users, but today we have a set of apps aimed squarely at those who are glued to their MacBooks and iMacs all... Read More ; 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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