Introduction: A MacBook Working With the Closed Lid Is a Cool Option You`ll Love
Sometimes you need your MacBook working with a lid closed. For instance, you may want to listen to music or simply move your device to another place. Once you close the lid, your Mac turns on the sleep mode. It`s inconvenient for many reasons, but luckily you can solve out this problem. So, in this post, we`ll show you how to easily keep your MacBook awake with a closed lid.
Step 1: Check Your Mac's Compatibility With InsomniaX
To get things done, you need to download InsomniaX. It`s a free app that makes no harm to your MacBook but helps to keep it awake when the lid is closed. InsomniaX doesn`t run on every Mac, so you need to check whether your device meets the following system requirements.
· MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
· Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
· Intel, 64-bit processor
Here`s how to find this info on your Mac:
- Go to the menu bar at the top, click on the Apple icon, and choose About This Mac in the popup menu.
- In the appearing window, you can see the info about model, processor, and software.
Besides, you won`t find 64-bit or 32-bit processor written literally in this section. Instead, you`ll see the name of your processor like Intel Core 5, Intel Core 3, Intel Core Solo, etc. Remember that Intel Core Solo and Intel Core Duo are 32-bit processors. 64-bit processors are Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Quad-Core Xeon, Dual-Core Intel Xeon, Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7. After you make sure your mac is compatible with this app, let`s move on to the next step.
Step 2: Install the App
Download installation file and double-click on it to open. Then, drag the app icon to the Applications folder. Once it`s done, move on to the next step
Step 3: Three: Fire Up InsomniaX on Your Device
Be ready that your Mac will refuse to open the app downloaded from the Internet. If it happens, solve it by following these simple steps:
- Go to the menu bar, click on the Apple icon -> System Preferences -> Security & Privacy.
- In the General tab, in ‘Allow apps downloaded from’ section, pick up ‘App Store and identifiable developers’. Note that if the padlock at the bottom is closed, you`ll not be allowed to make any changes. Click on it to unlock and modify the settings.
- If you`ve already tried to launch the app, you`ll see the following message at the bottom of this window ‘"InsomniaX" was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer’. Near this message, you`ll see the ‘Open Anyway’ button. Click on it, and the app will be launched on your MacBook.
Step 4: Let`s Try to Use It!
If InsomniaX is launched successfully, a crescent moon icon will appear on the top menu bar. Click on it and choose Disable Lid Sleep. Once it`s done, your MacBook will continue to work with the lid closed.
Step 5: Set Up Hot Keys for Each Function
If you don`t want to look for Disable Lid Sleep in the app`s menu, you can set up the hotkey to enable automatic service. To do it:
Click on the app`s icon in the menu bar
Choose Preferences tab -> Set Lid Sleep Hot Key
In a small dark window, click on the big white button ‘Click to record shortcut’ and press the command you want to use as the hotkey. Now it`s done.
Step 6: Try Some Extra Perks
Among other features the app has, you`ll probably need disabling idle or lid sleep while the device is connected to an AC adapter. One more super useful feature is automatic launch once you log in. You can also choose hotkeys for sleep display or idle sleep or set up time for the app to disable itself. To set the timer, go to Disable Idle Sleep for or Disable Lid Sleep for, and set up a timer for each function.
Step 7: Now Your MacBook Is on All the Time
You see, keeping your MacBook on with a closed lid makes things the way easier. You don`t need to type in the password every time you close your MacBook for a second. You`ll be able to listen to music when your device is closed. You can now do many things that aren`t traditionally available when your MacBook`s lid is closed. Just try it out, and you`ll love this small improvement for sure.