With this setting on the Mac Mini:

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The screensaver comes on the screen turns off after ten minutes or so. This has just happened three times running.

Is there another setting which makes the Mac keep me logged in, with applications running?

Cleverly, it shuts down Apple Music, which loses its place (usually -- while reproducing the bug I left Safari foregrounded on the draft of this question, and the Mac was stopped short of killing Apple Music by the edit page's "discard" prompt -- but the screensaver still came on, with password). When I log back in, it's off the track I was listening to when the Mac lost the plot, and back on the default urgent advertisement for Taylor Swift.

  • Is it the screensaver that comes on (some swirly colors or photos), or does the screen turn off!?
    – deceze
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 7:23
  • @deceze No colors or photos, so it must have been turning the screen off. Thanks. Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 11:42

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Your power saver settings might be overriding this. Set them such that display is not turned off for a longer time.


Additionally, you should check "Logout after n minutes" in Security and Privacy-> General -> Advanced.

  • Well, I'll be. Looks like that was it. Testing now. Thanks. Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 2:49
  • Not sure that did entirely work. Left it for a while, came back, and the screen was still on for a change, but there was a "Safari interrupted logout" prompt. Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 3:55
  • @EdPlunkett check the edit.
    – anki
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 8:15
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    @edplunkett well I crossed 2000 and finishing touch was this post. :)
    – anki
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 14:10
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    Congratulations! Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 14:10

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