My energy saver preferences are as follows:

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However, no matter what I set the slider to, my MacBook Pro is going to sleep after one minute. What is wrong here?

  • Are both the "Battery" and "Power Adapter" settings identical?
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 20:05
  • Yes. I have them both set on the third ticker.
    – Someone
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 20:48
  • 2
    Open the terminal, type pmset -g, and paste the output here
    – n1000
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 21:03
  • System-wide power settings: Currently in use: standbydelay 10800 standby 1 womp 1 halfdim 1 hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage powernap 1 gpuswitch 2 networkoversleep 0 disksleep 10 sleep 0 (sleep prevented by iTunes) autopoweroffdelay 28800 hibernatemode 3 autopoweroff 1 ttyskeepawake 1 displaysleep 15 acwake 0 lidwake 1
    – Someone
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 21:44
  • 2
    Also ensure you do not have a magnet near the left or right side of the Mac. The Mac uses magnets in the display to put it to sleep when the display is closed. link Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 2:16

1 Answer 1


My first instinct would be to reset the SMC.

Resetting the SMC

To do this on your particular MBP, follow these steps:

  1. Shut down your computer
  2. Keep the power cable plugged in.
  3. Press at the same time shiftoptioncontrol (on the left side of the keyboard) and the power button
  4. Let go
  5. Turn your computer back on with the power button.

Also, you should probably reset the NVRAM as well.

Resetting the NVRAM on Late-2016 MacBook Pro models

For all Late-2016 MacBook Pro models (with and without Touch Bar) follow these steps:

  1. Shut down your machine. Yes, a full shut down, not just logging out.
  2. Press the power button and then immediately press the commandoptionpr keys.
  3. Keep these keys pressed down for at least 20 seconds!
  4. Let go of the keys and let your Mac reboot normally. Note: When you log back in you may need to readjust some of your system preferences (e.g. speaker volume, screen resolution, startup disk selection, time zone information, etc). Let me know how you go.

[EDIT - Screensaver]

Since resetting the NVRAM and SMC have had no effect, perhaps you should check your Screensaver settings to see if it's kicking in after one minute? To check this:

  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences
  • Select Desktop & Screen Saver
  • Click on the Screen Saver tab
  • Check when it is set to start
  • Strange, neither of these solutions seems to be working.
    – Someone
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 4:29
  • I've just edited my answer. If that doesn't help, when you say it's going to sleep after 1 minute, is it going to a full sleep or is it just preparing to sleep? That is, after one minute is it just dimming the screen and then going to full sleep after three minutes? Or is it doing something else? And, what happens if you change it to five minutes? Finally, what happens when you boot into Safe Mode (you can do this by holding down the Shift key during startup).
    – Monomeeth
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 4:41
  • Ah, silly me! The screensaver was coming on after one minute.
    – Someone
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 15:09

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