How to Stop Enhanced Notifications from Waking Mac from Sleep

Want to prevent enhanced notifications from waking your Mac from sleep? Read on to keep alerts away when your Mac is at complete peace!

You just completed a major project and now want to have some break to get refreshed. Hence, you’ve put your Mac on sleep mode. But just when you are about to enjoy your peace, a notification arrives and wakes the screen. Damn! How would you stop the enhanced notifications from waking your Mac from Sleep?

macOS Sierra (10.12.x) or later comes with a feature called “Enhanced Notifications.” They are the sort of alerts which arrive even when your Mac is in sleep mode. In many ways, this feature can be very helpful, as it would keep you updated about things that matter to you. But again, if you don’t want messages to continue to bombard your Mac even when it’s in idle mode, you have the option to keep them at bay.

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How to Stop Enhanced Notifications from Waking Your Mac from Sleep

How to Prevent Enhanced Notifications from Waking your Mac from Sleep

Step #1. Click on Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.”

Click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Now, you need to click “Notifications.”

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Click on Notifications in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Next, click “Do Not Disturb” on the left side menu of the Notifications panel → Under the “Turn on Do Not Disturb” section, you need to check the box for “When the display is sleeping.”

Turn Off Enhanced Notifications from Waking your Mac from Sleep

That’s it!

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Now, quit System Preferences. Going forward, your Mac won’t wake up when a notification or message arrives.

If you ever want notifications to without any hindrance, simply follow all the steps mentioned above and uncheck the box for When the display is sleeping.

If you wish to work more peacefully or just don’t want to be distracted by alerts, you can enable constant Do Not Disturb Mode on your Mac for specific hours. To do so, simply set the time during which you don’t want to receive alerts and then check the box.

When Do Not Disturb is enabled, the Notification Center icon in the menu bar is dimmed. All the alerts are collected in Notification Center where you can view them later.

That’s it!

Wrapping up:

What’s your take on Enhanced Notifications? Do you find them useful? Share your feedback in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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