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I run macOS Mojave 10.14.6 on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013). Except when specified, all settings and behaviours described in this post refer to the Mac connected to a power adapter.


My Mac is configured to sleep after 20 minutes of inactivity. The display is configured to sleep after 8 minutes, and the screensaver is configured to start after 2 minutes.

The mac is also configured to require a password 15 minutes after sleep or screen saver begins. For clarity, this setting:

System Preferences > Security and Privacy > General

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However, the Mac doesn't sleep when that setting (screenshot) is set to 15 minutes. It also does not ask me to enter the password.

What happens:

  1. I stop interacting with the Mac.
  2. After 2 minutes the screen saver starts.
  3. Time passes: I've tested this waiting for several hours.
  4. The mac never sleeps, and the display never sleeps either. The screensaver simply keeps playing.
  5. I interact with the mac: move my finger on the touchpad, press a key.
  6. The screensaver gets interrupted and I'm back to my desktop. I am not asked to enter my password.

It works fine with smaller time values: immediately, 5 second, 1 minute and 5 minutes. With those values, the mac goes to sleep as expected (the display sleeps, I assume the mac sleeps as well), and when woken it's locked and it asks me to enter my password as expected.

I haven't tested it yet with larger values (1 hour, 4 hours, 8 hours), but I'll update the question when I have.

This are my pmset -g values when connected to the charger:

System-wide power settings:
Currently in use:
 standbydelaylow      4200
 standby              1
 womp                 0
 halfdim              1
 hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage
 powernap             1
 gpuswitch            2
 networkoversleep     0
 disksleep            0
 standbydelayhigh     4200
 sleep                20
 autopoweroffdelay    28800
 hibernatemode        3
 autopoweroff         1
 ttyskeepawake        1
 displaysleep         8
 highstandbythreshold 50
 acwake               0
 lidwake              1

I've also discovered that on battery power nothing works. The screen saver doesn't even start. The battery power pmset -g values:

System-wide power settings:
Currently in use:
 standbydelaylow      4200
 standby              1
 halfdim              1
 hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage
 gpuswitch            2
 powernap             0
 disksleep            10
 standbydelayhigh     4200
 sleep                10
 autopoweroffdelay    28800
 hibernatemode        3
 autopoweroff         1
 ttyskeepawake        1
 displaysleep         2
 highstandbythreshold 50
 acwake               0
 lidwake              1
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  • My english is too bad to make a really good joke about Fear, Doubt and Uncertainty, therefore the real explanantion: What is MobileAccessoryUpdater and why it runs on my MacBook? – klanomath Nov 23 '19 at 1:49
  • Thanks, but the question is not really about the fud. Actually, that comment in parenthesis disappeared when I ran the command again. I'll update the question to remove it. – tompave Nov 23 '19 at 2:26
  • Answers to subordinate questions in parenthesis > comment ;-). I know that neither my comment nor the linked q&a answers your question. – klanomath Nov 23 '19 at 2:35

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