Should you shut down your Mac

Most Windows laptop users are accustomed to always turning off their devices. However, things are not so straightforward about Mac computers. Some people think that the computer should be turned off every time the need for it disappears. Others turn off their laptop at night and think they are saving the battery of their device. Still others leave the laptop turned on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today I propose to figure out who is right and who is to blame and discuss all the nuances when turning on and off your MacBook.

Many people think about shutting down the MacBook. Not everyone knows the solution.

Personally, I belong to the category of users who never turn off their computer. It is clear that before the appearance of the MacBook in my collection, I, probably, like everyone else, regularly turned off my laptop every day. Doubt sowed in my head a comrade, looking at me condemningly as I stowed my sleeping Mac in my backpack before the flight.

First of all, I would like to see some recommendations from Apple itself. Let’s not beat around the bush and say that Cupertino does not say anything about shutting down the MacBook. In any case, I could not find it in official sources. On the other hand, if Apple wanted users to reboot their devices or give them time to rest, I think we would know about it.

There is nothing to say about energy efficiency and high-quality adaptation of the MacBook system. Everyone understands that she is at her best. Therefore, I propose to analyze all three use cases described above.

Do I need to turn off the MacBook

An iron argument for the continuous operation of your laptop, in fact, there is only one – work productivity. Think for yourself. I put my laptop in a bag and you can start working at any time in a matter of seconds. Moreover, all open applications, browser tabs, Finder windows will remain the same. Comfortable? Highly.

It is not customary for Mac users to turn off a laptop after closing the lid.

The disadvantages, although less significant, are undoubtedly more of them:

  • Power consumption.
  • The drain on the battery and other Mac components.
  • The load of the cache and temporary files of the system.
  • Low speed of work due to the load of RAM.
  • Some updates only start working after a reboot.

How much electricity does the computer consume

As for energy consumption, there is nothing to say, MacBook is not a refrigerator, is it? Don’t worry about electricity bills, the difference will be minimal. And it’s not just Macs. Any ordinary laptop consumes about 80 watts. For 10 hours of operation, you will receive 0.800 kW. If we translate everything into electricity tariffs, no more than 33 kW / month will be released. In money it is no more than 100 rubles.

How to properly charge your MacBook

Most MacBook models use the same lithium-ion batteries as the iPhone. However, if replacing the battery on a smartphone is very inexpensive, then replacing the battery in a Mac will cost you a tidy sum.

In fact, the battery life of your device is practically independent of how actively you use your computer. So it’s definitely not worth worrying about quick wear. On the other hand, if you plan to turn off your laptop and leave it on for a long time, charge it about 50% before doing so.

It doesn’t matter if you turn off your laptop while charging or work with it.

Please note that long periods of inactivity can adversely affect the performance of your device, and prolonged storage at a full charge can reduce the maximum battery capacity. Plus, don’t forget that if you leave the computer on with the power on, the battery is also idle. And, of course, a dry, warm (room temperature) place will come in handy. Li-ion batteries do not like the cold.

Should you restart your MacBook

In principle, the RAM in modern MacBooks will be enough for any task without any problems. Don’t forget about macOS optimization, it’s great. However, over the years of using the Mac, I have experienced winks and lags a few times. There was only one reason – updates.

I’ve run into slowdowns on Mac a few times. The reason was banal.

I think it’s no secret that after installing some updates, the Mac prompts you to reboot. Previously, I always unchecked this item and continued to work further, because there was no time to wait. For a long time I did not understand what the reason was, I even wanted to go to the center, because every week the laptop requires a reboot. But it turned out that you just should not ignore the instructions of your beloved company.

For the rest, restarting the laptop or not is everyone’s choice. Of course, you can try turning off your computer overnight, but you definitely shouldn’t wait for any performance gain or increase in service life.

It turns out that Apple took care of its users and completely deprived them of problems with shutdown and reboot. Do as you please. You can leave your thoughts in the comments below or in our Telegram-chat, it will be interesting to read.


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