How Do I 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.
  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.


  • Computer sleep: 30 minutes
  • Display sleep: 5-10 minutes
  • Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible – check
  • Wake for network access – check
  • Automatically reduce brightness before display goes to sleep – check


The image 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.

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