Introducing 5 Mac apps that temporarily prohibit sleep / change the start time

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Updated : Aug 28, 2021

On Mac, you can set the sleep time as a standard function, but you may want to temporarily disable sleep or change the sleep time.

In this article, we actually used an app that meets those needs and compared it.

8/13/2021 updated
The “Caffeine” introduced on this page is no longer available.

 

About sleep setting of Mac standard function

Please see Apple’s official website for details on Mac sleep settings.

Change Energy Saver preferences on a Mac desktop computer
Set options that control how your Mac uses energy.

 

Introducing an app that temporarily prohibits sleep / changes the start time

① Caffeine

Feature

Once a staple of this kind of app.

However, since it was canceled from being published on Apple’s “App strore” and only published on the developer’s site, the recent standard is the next “Amphetamine”.

Since the last update was version 1.1.1 of 2010, it may not be usable due to security issues or changes in macOS specifications. → As of August 2021, the release has ended.

Simple functions and operability are both advantages and disadvantages.

Download source

The release has ended.

How to use

When you start Caffeine, you will see a coffee cup icon in the menu bar.

Left-click on this icon to switch between “active” and “inactive”.

Right-click to display the setting screen and exit menu.

Also, if the Caffeine setting is active (enabled), the coffee cup will have a steaming icon with black coffee, and if it is inactive (disabled), the coffee cup will have an empty icon.

Active

Caffeineアクティブ時

Inactive

Caffeine非アクティブ時

 

Right-click the menu icon and select “Preferences …” to display the following setting screen.

MacアプリCaffeineの設定画面

  • ① Automatically start Caffeine at login
    • Automatic startup when logged in to Mac
  • ② Activate Caffeine at launch
    • Activate at startup (enable Caffeine settings)
  • ③ Show this message when starting Caffeine
    • Display this setting screen when Caffeine is started
  • ④ Default duration
    • Interval to sleep
      • Indefinitely:Don’t sleep
      • 5 minutes/10 minutes/15 minutes/30 minutes/1 hour/2 hours/5 hours
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

for the recommended settings, check only ①, do not check ②③, and select Indefinitely for ④ as shown in the above figure.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Then, Caffeine will start automatically, but sleep will reflect the settings of standard Mac functions.

If you want to ban sleep, left-click on the menu icon to enable it!

 

② Amphetamine

Feature

Instead of the first “Caffeine” introduced, the current standard app.

OS version 10.11 El Capitan or later is compatible with Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs.

Is it difficult to master because of its multi-functionality?

Download source

‎Amphetamine
‎Welcome to Amphetamine, the most awesome keep-awake app ever created for macOS. Amphetamine can keep your Mac, and optionally its display(s), awake through a s...

How to use

The feature of this app is that the setting items can be made very detailed, but it seems difficult to use it.

The next article on this blog explains how to use it in more detail.

How to use the Mac sleep control app "Amphetamine"
I will explain how to use the Mac sleep control application "Amphetamine" in an easy-to-understand manner with illustrations. This app is very versatile, but if you master the basic usage first and then learn the detailed usage as needed, you will not get lost.

 

 

③ KeepingYouAwake

Feature

An app published on GitHub.

As of August 2021, it continues to be updated.

OS version 10.10 Yosemite or later is compatible with Intel Macs and Appli Silicon Macs.

The first “Caffeine” clone-like atmosphere with some additional features.

If you’re looking for an app like “Caffeine” or you like simple operations, you might like it.

By the way, this app is notarized by Apple for enhanced security from macOS 10.14 Mojave, so the risk is low.

Download source

Link of the author’s app introduction

GitHub - newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake: Prevents your Mac from going to sleep.
Prevents your Mac from going to sleep. Contribute to newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake development by creating an account on GitHub.

Link to download the app

Releases · newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake
Prevents your Mac from going to sleep. Contribute to newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake development by creating an account on GitHub.

How to use

When you start “Keeping You Awake”, a coffee cup icon will be displayed on the menu bar.

Left-click on this icon to switch between “active” and “inactive”.

Right-click to display the setting screen and exit menu.

Also, if the “Keeping You Awake” setting is active (enabled), the coffee cup will have an icon with black coffee, and if it is inactive (disabled), the coffee cup will have an empty icon.

And the explanation so far is exactly the same as the first “Caffeine”.

The “Keeping You Awake” icon is a bit more comical.

Active

KeepingYouAwakeのアクティブ時

Inactive

KeepingYouAwakeの非アクティブ時

 

Furthermore, if you right-click the menu icon and select “Preferences …”, the setting screen will be displayed just like “Caffeine”, but there are more items that can be set.

First, let’s take a look at the “General” item.

KeepingYouAwakeの設定画面

Generral

  • Start at Login
    • Starts up automatically when you log in to your Mac
  • Activate on launch
    • Activate at startup (enable KeepingYouAwake settings)

 

Next is the “Activation Duration” item.

KeepingYouAwakeの設定画面

Activate Duration

  • Activation Duration
    • Interval to sleep
    • Indefinitely:Don’t sleep
    • 5 minutes/10 minutes/15 minutes/30 minutes/1 hour/2 hours/5 hours

 

Click the “+” button at the bottom right to create a new set time yourself.

KeepingYouAwakeの設定画面

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the “Advanced” item.

KeepingYouAwakeの設定画面

Advanced(追加設定)

  • Deactivate when battery capacity is below
    • Does not activate if the remaining battery capacity is
  • Enable experimental Notification Center integration
    • Enable experimental notification center integration (whether to issue notifications such as:

You can display a notification each time “Keeping You Awake” is switched between active and inactive.

This is pretty straightforward and convenient.

KeepingYouAwakeの通知

  • Disable menu bar icon highlight color
    • Disable the highlight color of the menu bar icon (details unknown)
  • Quit when activation duration is over
    • Exit the app when activation is complete
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

If you like the simple operation of “Caffeine”, you can say that the icons and operation system are almost clones, so you will like this.

 

 

④ Sleep Control Center

Feature

Available from Apple’s App Store.

Basic functions can be used for free, but functions can be added in the paid version.

Download source

‎Sleep Control Centre
‎Keep Awake : ● System ● Display and External Displays ● Wi-Fi Network ● Audio In - Out ● Disks and External Storages ● Other External Media ● Bluetooth...

How to use

Like the apps introduced so far, “Sleep Control Center” also displays “active” and “inactive” with menu icons.

Active

AntiSleepのアクティブ時

Inactive

AntiSleepの非アクティブ時

 

On the other hand, the operation method of detailed settings is significantly different from the operation system introduced so far.

In the past, you can open the detailed settings by clicking the menu icon, but in this app, the setting items are displayed in a row and you can select from there.

AntiSleepのメニュー

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

It’s not very beautiful that the menu items are lined up vertically…

 

 

⑤ Owly

Feature

Available from Apple’s App Store.

The OS version is 10.7 Lion or later in 2011, and it is compatible with Intel Mac and Uprisilicon Mac.

There are many similarities to the first “Caffeine” and the third “Keeping You Awake”, but the menu icon cannot distinguish between “active” and “inactive”.

Instead, it has a unique feature that allows you to see the countdown dimer to sleep.

Download source

https://apps.apple.com/jus/app/owly-prevent-display-sleep/id882812218?mt=12

How to use

When you start “Owly”, an owl icon will be displayed on the menu bar.

Left-click on this icon to display the settings screen and exit menu.

Also, the icon status is the same as “active” and “inactive”.

When Owly starts

Owlyのメニューアイコン

Countdown to sleep

Owlyのカウントダウン

 

Furthermore, if you left-click the menu icon and select “Preferences”, the setting screen will be displayed.

Owlyの設定画面

 

Which one do you recommend?

ニャン吉
Mr. Cat

We tried 5 apps and which one was easier to use?

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I like the third “Keeping You Awake” because it’s simple and easy to use.

ニャン吉
Mr. Cat

Then which one would you recommend to someone?

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

That is also the third “Keeping You Awake”.

I think it would be invincible if it was delivered on the App store, but since it has been notarized by Apple, there is no security concern.

The disadvantage is that downloading from GitHub is a bit annoying compared to the App store.

ニャン吉
Mr. Cat

What about other apps?

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

For those who say that free software is NG for some reason and App store is OK, the second “Amphetamine” or the fifth “Owly”.

People who want to be as simple as possible are “Owly”, and those who have a good reputation on the Internet are “Amphetamine”.

I prefer “Owly” because I can’t master the multi-functionality of “Amphetamine”.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I’ve put together a list of the apps I’ve introduced so far.

Advantages Disadvantages
① Caffeine
  • End of publication
② Amphetamine

★Recommended

  • Multifunctional
  • All features are free
  • Detailed settings
    such as sleep prevention
    arepossible even
    when the screen
    is closed
  • Difficult to master
    due to its versatility
③ KeepingYouAwake

★★★Highly
recommended!

  • Simple and easy to use
④ Sleep Control Center
  • Free for very
    basic functions
  • Even the functions
    that can be used
    in ②Amphetamine
    will be paid versions.
⑤ Owly

★Recommended

  • Simple and easy to use
  • There is a unique
    function of the
    countdown timer
    display until sleep
  • Wide range of
    supported OS versions
    (10.6 Lion or later,
    Intel Mac and
    Apple Silicon Mac)

 

Reference information

 

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