If you shut down your Mac before going to sleep or leave work, but don’t enjoy waiting to boot every day, you can schedule it to turn on at a certain time. Then, your Mac will always be ready to use even before you sit down.
To get started, click the Apple logo in the top left, then click “System Preferences.”
Click “Energy Saver” if you are running macOS 10.15 Catalina or older. On macOS 11 Big Sur or newer, click “Battery.”
On Catalina or earlier, click “Schedule” at the bottom of the “Energy Saver” menu. Under Big Sur or newer, click “Schedule” on the side menu.
The next window that appears will look different on Catalina (macOS 10.15) and Big Sur (macOS 11), but the options are basically the same.
To schedule a start time, select the check box next to “Start or Wake Up,” then choose the day and time. In the drop-down menu, you can choose “Weekend,” “Weekday,” “Every Day,” or certain days of the week.
Right below that, you can also schedule time for your Mac to sleep, die, or start over every day. If you also want to set it, click the check box in the row under the start options, and select the day and time.
When finished, click “OK” (or “Apply” to Big Sur), and then close “System Preferences.”
If you have a MacBook, the start time you just scheduled will only work when the unit is plugged into the wall adapter or charger. This prevents your MacBook from waking up when you don’t want it and draining the battery.
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If you want to save more time, you can enable automatic login in the “Users and Groups” menu. Then, you no longer have to choose your account and type your password every day. However, keep in mind this is not a good idea if your Mac is in a location where other people can use it.
You will even save more time if your favorite applications are already running when you sit on a Mac. You can configure it to open as soon as entry occurs in the “Item Login” section of the “Users and Groups” menu.
After everything is configured, you will be able to work properly every day!