How can I wake up my MacBook pro with an iPhone, when the lid closed (no external display)? MacBook is not connected to power and there's a local wifi that it can connect to.

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    Why do you want to do this? – At0mic Nov 19 '16 at 3:45
  • If I wake it up, I can connect to it via TeamViewer and access files or control it. – MrCheatak Nov 19 '16 at 11:44
  • You can't if the MacBook is also asleep, as it won't keep a WiFi connection while it's not on. – John Keates Nov 19 '16 at 18:21
  • @JohnKeates well, maybe there's some trick to keep wifi connected and keep it only WOL mode or something. Maybe something could be done with Bluetooth or periphery – MrCheatak Nov 19 '16 at 19:58
  • The wireless hardware is switched off when the computer is not on/awake, so that's the actual problem. Also, WiFi doesn't work without the OS running. – John Keates Nov 19 '16 at 20:48

macOS Sierra, has an option in Energy Saver > Power Adapter to "Wake for Wi-Fi network access." In earlier versions that option was in Network preferences.

Apple Remote Access will wake a Mac this way but I am unaware of any iOS app that does this.

Generally speaking Wake On LAN (WOL) requires the sending device to send a so called "Magic Packet" and the receiving computer to be able to receive it and act upon it. I believe that Apple supports this method of WOL but I have not tested it in quite a while.

So your job will be to find an iOS app that provides WOL capability as it should do what you are looking for.

  • Yes, but for WOL to work Mac should be connected to wifi all the time. It does when connected to power, but when its on battery, I can't find it with a network scanning app (Fing), and can't send a "waking" signal. – MrCheatak Nov 19 '16 at 14:49
  • Then I guess you'll have to leave it connected to power for this to have any hope of working – Steve Chambers Nov 19 '16 at 16:47
  • Maybe there's some trick or Bluetooth can help or.....something – MrCheatak Nov 19 '16 at 17:59

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