Do You shut down your Apple Macbook every time you stop using it? If your answer is yes, well, you should probably stop doing that. And I’m going to tell you why right now a fact. If you are constantly shutting down your Mac. You might be doing it more harm than good and may even experience slowness and decreased performance.
That’s right, no matter if I’m using a laptop or a desktop Mac like the M1 Mac mini, I rarely shut it down. You see, shutting down does several things to your Mac.
- GAMES | Top 10 Most Awaited Games of 2021
- FUTURE TECHNOLOGY- Futuristic Technologies that’ll Change Our Lives
Firstly it flushes your ram or random access memory of all data. That can be good in some situations. And I’ll touch on that a bit later. Still, more often than not, it’s completely unnecessary flashing your ram means. That when you restart your computer and start loading up programmes again. It’s going to take a lot longer than usual. They will not perform at optimum levels until you’ve been using them for a while. And relevant data is loaded back into ram.
After a restart, only temporary data stored in ram and allows you to multi-task efficiently. Such as programme settings, background tasks or web pages, for example, need to be re-loaded. Mac OS manages its ram very efficiently, so there’s no need to flush your ram constantly. And you should do it via a restart only if you are experiencing system slowness or other issues.
I am waiting until the computer turns off or turns back on again. Let’s move onto why simply putting your Mac desktop. Or Mac book to sleep is better for both you and your computer. Firstly it’s just so much faster I could open the screen of my Mac book. Erin is instantly back to work with all my draught emails, web pages, word documents and other files opened and ready to go.
When You’re done using my Mac, I make sure I either put it to sleep
Using the Apple menu on a desktop Mac or closed the screen on my Mac Book will automatically put it to sleep while sleeping. Your Mac does quite a lot of important stuff in the background. For example, it will run maintenance tasks and scripts to clean up the operating system. And fix any minor software errors that may have occurred during your use. It will also index files for searching. That will happen every time you add, remove, rename or move folders and files on your Mac. That is such a necessary process; mainly.
If you often use spotlight to search your computer files, your Mac will not perform any of these tasks. At the same time, it’s turned on and using because these tasks may impact if you are shutting down your Mac straight after you’ve finished using it. These tasks may never have time to run, the result being your Mac becomes slower and slower at the very least will result in increased start-up times.
If you set up your time machine backups, your Mac will also try to perform this good sleep. It may also wake for a few seconds and connect to the network to refresh emails and things like my messages. If you’re on a recent version of Mac OS, this all happens automatically. There’s no need to go into the settings and change anything. Pro tip, if you’re on a desktop Mac set up a hot corner. So that when you move your mouse into a particular corner of the screen. It will automatically put the computer to sleep now don’t think your back will be running all night sucking up power during his tasks. Generally, it only takes a few minutes. Then your back goes into a deep hibernation drawing only a very tiny fraction of power from the battery or electricity outlet desktop Mac.
For reference, the difference between shutting down the back at the end of the day. Versus just letting it sleep is barely a dollar a year in electricity for Mac books. There is another excellent benefit of sleep mode. Apple laptops use lithium-ion batteries, which require a slow discharge to get the maximum life span. Out of them, letting the laptop discharge, which allows the battery to run down, will keep the electrons moving, which maintains the charge capacity and will prolong your battery’s life. The battery will not do this if the Mac book is entirely shut down. I also recommend not leaving your MacBook plugged into its charge 24/7.
Lastly, the Mac operating system,
Otherwise known as Mac OS, is based on Unix Unix is world-famous for extraordinary reliability and stability. It runs perfectly for continuous periods and can perform a lot of internal maintenance on its software to remedy any issues and keep the system running effectively.
So how often should you shut down your Mac?
I only ever shut down my Mac if I’m experiencing issues on Mac OS. For example, programmes freeze or crash all my system is very slow nine times out of 10, a simple restart will fix whatever the issue is if I had to estimate I probably only shut down my Mac every few weeks. It’s usually because I’ve installed a Mac OS or app update that requires a restart if I’m travelling. However, through an airport or leaving my Mac book at home for a few weeks and not using it. I will shut it down entirely for shorter trips, such as going from home to school. I’ll leave it in sleep mode, so there you have it. That’s everything you need to know about why you shouldn’t shut down your back all the time. It’s much better to let it sleep.