For whatever the reason your Mac can fall asleep while you’re watching Netflix or YouTube videos or even TV shows and movies on iTunes. Why does it do that? I wish I knew but even basic System Preference settings on macOS don’t seem to work all the time. What does?
Through the years the Mac360 staff has reviewed a handful of useful Mac utilities which help to manage sleep. Wait. My bad. They help to manage awake; to keep the Mac from falling asleep. The Mac’s ingratitude to various settings has spawned something of a cottage industry of Mac apps that help to prevent sleep while you’re busy watching something.
Here’s another. This one is called KeepingYouAwake. That’s all one word, and hereinafter referred to as KYA because I have only so many keystrokes left in my hands and saving a bit here and there might keep my employment going longer and without physical issues.
Is this simple enough?
There isn’t much going on with KYA. It just works. Installed the utility and it resides in the Mac’s Menubar as a cup of coffee (to keep you awake). Click and you get both Preferences and options in the Activate for Duration setting.
The range is five minutes to five hours, with an Indefinitely setting which should be obvious as to length. One of the more popular Mac utilities that does much the same think as KYA is the seemingly late great Caffeine. KYA’s developer pays homage and explains the non-sleep process for macOS:
Caffeine from Lighthead Software is a great utility and I used it for many years, but it hasn’t been updated in a while. Its icons are not Retina-compatible and do not look nice in the dark themed menu bar… This utility is just a small wrapper around Apple’s caffeinate command line utility.
KYA is free and works quite well.
If you’re bother by free and have some money leftover at the end of the month that needs to go somewhere, simply use the search term ‘caffeine‘ in the Mac App Store. They all do much the same thing the same way. Keep your Mac awake while you’re watching something. But not for free.