Keep your Mac from falling asleep with Lungo

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Say you're watching a YouTube video in a browser window. If you don't switch to full screen, your screen saver might pop up, or your display might go to sleep when you don't want it to. The same thing could happen if you're reading a book in iBooks or showing a presentation to colleagues in Keynote.

Setting up sleep modes using standard Mac tools requires you to dig through the settings. This is not a big deal if you only do it once. But if you need to change your settings from time to time, endlessly opening preferences will definitely become annoying.

Also, the scenarios where you want to keep your Mac awake are usually quite temporary. So not only do you have to remember to tell your Mac not to go to sleep, but you also have to remember to reset those settings when you're done.

Lungo fixes all of that.

Control Mac sleep mode 

Sleep mode puts your Mac into a low-power state. Which is great! But having a bit more control over your Mac’s sleep schedule would be great, don’t you think?  

How to prevent your Mac from sleeping

Lungo keeps your Mac awake for as long as you want. And you can do it with just one click.

After installing the app, an icon with a cup of coffee will appear at the top of your screen. Click it and set the wake-up time you want. Simple, isn't it?

System Settings never has to get involved. 

Awake Mac when downloading

Sleep mode preserves energy. This is why your Mac will stop all activity, including active downloads, when falling asleep. Lungo will solve this problem. 

So if you need your Mac to download a bunch of files while you're away, set it to stay awake for the next couple of hours.

keep Mac awake for 2 hours

 Tip: If you don’t want strangers staring at your screen while you’re away, open Lungo’s Settings > Advanced and select “Allow display to sleep while keeping computer awake.” This will keep your Mac downloading but will black out the screen. 

Lets the display sleep normally while still keeping the computer awake

Awake when plugged in 

Your Mac can stay awake as long as you want it to — you can even set the default duration (Preferences > Advanced). But you probably don’t want it awake all the time if your battery is running low. 

Lungo has the solution: go to Preferences > Advanced, and enable “Deactivate when switching to battery.” This will deactivate Lungo when your Mac is unplugged. 

Deactivate Lungo when switching to battery

Awake when you want it awake 

We love Lungo for its easy-to-tweak awake rules. All you have to do is reach for the menu bar icon and set your Mac to stay awake for the next 15 minutes, 2 hours, or even indefinitely! Deactivating is just as easy. 

deactivate Lungo in one click

That’s it! When Lungo is enabled, your Mac stays awake. When it's disabled, the screen saver and sleep behavior are ruled by whatever you have set in System Settings.

This lets you keep your Energy Saver slider set low, which saves laptop users plenty of battery life. Set your display to sleep after 10 minutes, or even less, because you know it'll be easy to keep your Mac awake when the situation requires it with just one click. Or allow your Mac display to sleep.

Allow Display to Sleep with Lungo's Quick Settings

Once you use Lungo a couple of times, you'll appreciate the convenience of being able to give your Mac a jolt of wakefulness. Note that Lungo is on Setapp along with 240+ other apps that solve a variety of Mac, iPhone, and iPad tasks. Setapp offers a subscription model. Typically, a monthly or annual subscription fee is required to access the entire collection of apps. One subscription, dozens of great apps! Give it a try and see how it can change your life. All apps are free for a seven-day trial.

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