I set 20 minutes in System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver, however the screen saver starts after 5 minutes. I tried to log out and restart the mac with no success.

I should say that after restarting I can see 5 minutes again. So it looks like the settings were not saved.

  • what OS are you running on what hardware?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 18:07

1 Answer 1


Check the date for the file: com.apple.screensaver.50A10F0D-581E-5D09-8966-646EE8532C5B.plist in Libary

after you made the time change, it should show the latest date/time.

If not, delete the file.

  • Yes, it is the latest time when I update the settings. But still the problem perseveres as I have not changed anything in my system. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 19:03
  • So, it saves your settings! Do you have another program running for screensaver?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 19:43
  • I also found another file called com.apple.screensaver.plist in ~/Library/Preferences and this one does not change. Can I convince the system to use the file that changes? Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 20:34
  • I created a symbolic link and will if it works: ln ./Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.4002120C-60DA-5800-8B83-F4DF0377E8B6.plist ./Preferences/com.apple.screensaver.plist Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 20:40
  • No, that experiment did not work. What else could I do? Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 5:03

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