How to schedule Mac to shutdown and sleep in macOS Ventura

Written By Bhaskar Reviewed By How-to Mac 5 Min Read

By now, you might have upgraded your macOS to Ventura. In that case, you may be unable to find the now-defunct Energy preference panel that used to house the feature to schedule shutdown and sleep on Mac. Apple has removed direct access to the functionality for unclear reasons. 

However, you can still set your Mac to automatically boot, shut down, and wake or sleep in macOS Ventura. Let’s find out how.

How to schedule your Mac to turn on or off using Terminal

Schedule your Mac to turn off and on automatically using the commands below. It works in 24 hours format, so if you need to schedule your Mac for a shutdown at 3:55 P.M, you can set the time as 15:55:00, as taken below.

  1. Open Launchpad.
  2. Search and click Terminal
  3. Add the command for the actions you want to perform. 
    • Shut down:
      sudo pmset repeat shutdown MTWRFSU 15:55:00 

      Set Shut down automatically on Mac
    • Start:
      sudo pmset repeat wake MTWRFSU 08:00:00 

      Set automatic start on Mac
  4. Hit return
    You’ll be asked to enter your password. 

The sudo orders the terminal to execute the commands written next to it with administrative rights. The pmset in the command stands for Power Management Settings. It’s a BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) utility that modifies power management settings.

The single letters are used to denote days of the week in the pmset arguments as shown:


Want to learn more about such terminal commands and look like a pro hacker? Follow our guide for the most useful terminal commands

However, your Mac will not shut down automatically if the conditions mentioned below are not met: 

  • If your Mac is already turned off, is in sleep mode, or you’re not logged in. 
  • If the FileVault is enabled on your Mac. 
  • If you’re working on a document that has unsaved changes.

Clearing your macOS Ventura Reboot Schedule 

If you want to reset the reboot schedules for your Mac, here’s all you need to do:

  • Launch Terminal → paste the following command sudo pmset repeat cancel → tap return.
  • To double-check if the command has been executed, you can run pmset -g sched

Schedule wake and sleep on Mac

Don’t want anyone to peek at your work when you leave your Mac? You can set a sleep timer to trigger after the designated inactivity periods. To set sleep and wake on Mac, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Apple logo in Menu Bar. 
  2. Open System Settings.

    Open System Settings on your Mac
  3. Scroll down to Lock Screen
  4. Choose a time from the dropdown in front of any of the below-mentioned according to your need: 
    • Turn the display off on the battery when inactive. 
    • Turn the display off on the power adaptor when inactive. 

      Change wake and sleep settings on Mac

Note: You might not see the above-mentioned in a few Macs.

How to prevent Mac from sleeping automatically

In macOS Ventura, you’ve one more option to save energy. To activate it, you need to go around the steps discussed below: 

  1. Navigate to Apple logo System Settings.
  2. Go to Displays Advanced

    Click Advanced on Mac
  3. Enable the toggle next to Preventing automatic sleeping on power adaptor when the display is off
  4. Click Done

    How to prevent automatic sleeping on Mac

Note: If your Mac running macOS Monterey or earlier, you can check out this post.


Q. How to set a video as a screensaver on Mac?

To set a video from local storage as your Mac’s screensaver, you’ll need a third-party application named SaveHollywood. Follow our article to learn more about using the app and setting a video as a screensaver. 

That’s it! 

These were all the potential ways you can use on macOS Ventura to schedule Mac to boot/shut down & wake/sleep. Did this help you? Let me know in the comments below. 

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By Bhaskar Content Writer
Bhaskar is a tech guru who turned wordsmith. Hiding his B.Tech degree in a closet, he ditched the corporate path to simplify tech for everyone. For the past 5 years, he's been dishing out how-tos, reviews, and sharp insights. But there's more! He's a witty interview champ and has been sharing his wisdom for 3 years. Furthermore, he has honed his editing skills for 1.5 years and is now delving into marketing to assist newcomers. When not jamming his fingers on those mechanical keyboards, you may find him on strings or engaging in sports. And by evening, his quotes will be appearing on your Instagram feeds.
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