If you own a Mac laptop, you may be wondering how to best back it up so you don’t lose precious files like your photos for example

Did you know that your Mac can backup through Time Machine while asleep?

This is a great solution if you want to ensure you perform regular backups while avoiding being tethered to an external hard drive during the day when you may want to move your Macbook around wherever you go.

What is “Power Nap”?

Power Nap allows your Mac to perform useful activities while it’s asleep (there are plenty of activities that it will do but the important one we’d like to focus on today is the Time Machine backup).

How to turn “Power Nap” on?

On your laptop, choose Apple menu (the black apple on the top left corner) > System Preferences, then click Energy Saver.

Check the box beside “Enable Power Nap while on battery power” and you’re done.

You obviously need to ensure it’s plugged into power but otherwise, plug the external hard drive you use with Time Machine for backups and you can fold down your laptop and let it backup overnight.

This way, you will have a nightly backup of your Mac without the need to remember to plug it during the day.

This will help you have peace of mind that your data is being backed up just in case.

Have you activated “Power Nap”? Any questions? Let us know in the comments below!