Thank you for your review
$3 99
Email me when discounted: 
SmartSleep is a preference pane that dynamically sets the sleep state of your machine. It's a successor to Hibernate.prefPane.

The Problem - Your MacBook or MacBook Pro knows the following sleep states:

  • sleep: machine will go to sleep only (saves state in RAM only, battery keeps RAM contents)
  • sleep and hibernate: machine sleeps and hibernates. (default)
  • hibernate only: machine will go to hibernate only. (saves state on disk, battery will not be used)
  • Just sleep means that the notebook will go to sleep fast, but you loose the ability to change the battery as the battery is needed to more...

What's New

Version 3.22:
  • Added default overrides for pmset. SmartSleep uses pmset to set the values for sleep, hibernate, sleep and hibernate and system default. You can now override the values that SmartSleep uses:
    • pmsetvalueforsleep
    • pmsetvalueforsleepandhibernate
    • pmsetvalueforhibernate
    • pmsetvalueforsystemdefault
  • Added Retina menu-bar icons - thanx to more...


  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

SmartSleep User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!
Sort by: Time | Smiles
polocanada Member IconComment+25

Can't get is working on 10.6.8. With SmartSleep enabled or not, hibernate or standby, the system still behaves same way like if it was just a normal stand by - no hibernation (or at least I don't see any progress bar showing the stuff is being saved on disk) and the light is still blinking indicating it's StandBy. Waking up same thing, no difference. I don't event know how the hibernation mode would look different from Standby.

Am I missing something here? Or is it just not compatible with OSX 10.6.8?

Reply1 reply
Version 3.22
Laurent Couvreur

Limit with App Store application. You have to download a copy of the application from the editor's site.
Answer here : http://www.jinx.de/SmartSleep.html : in red.

Ash435 Member IconComment+20

I recently upgraded to 10.8.4 and an SSD drive and I'm not sure my 2012 MBP is entirely sleep happy. Quite often in the morning it will return slowly from hibernate even though power is connected, battery is at 100% and smart sleep is enabled.

Also I notice the eyes blink in the menu item occasionally. And when I have Bartender running, the smartsleep icon appears randomly every few minutes, suggesting that something is bothering it (even though battery is 100% and power is in).

Any thoughts?

Reply1 reply
Version 3.10

Followup: After I installed my SSD I also installed Chameleon SSD Optimizer. Is it compatible with SmartSleep? Some of their controls overlap, specifically regarding sleep image, hibernate mode, etc.

Aargl Member IconComment+352

Probably SmartSleep is doing something more, but SafeSleepOnce could be enough for most of us... (it is working great and is free... ;-)

Reply0 replies
Version 3.10
Drdul Member IconComment+448

SmartSleep is now at version 3.20. Anyone who bought the Mac App Store version can overwrite it with the latest version downloaded direct from the dev, and that version will automatically update when new versions are available. See the dev's website for details.

Reply2 replies
Version 3.10

SmartSleep is now at 3.22.


Better stay with 3.20 under Snow Leopard - which seems to be much more stable than 3.22, at least on my 2 Macs. 3.22 crashed everytime on launch. Reverted "back" to 3.20 and everything is fine again (if not dandy).

antomorefulc Member IconReview+0

I have adquire the license via App Store and soon it updates it in the page of the author and I only paid once.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.10
herbs2 Member IconReview+11


Do NOT buy this via the App Store! The version you can directly download from the jinx web site is at version 3.18 and even seems to work under Mountain Lion! The cost directly from the jinx web site (via esellerate) is a bit higher than through the App Store but, again, the App Store version doesn't work.

I already had a license via the App Store and followed the directions on the jinx site but the new version said it was unregistered so I ended up buying a second license to get it activated.

So the answer is to pay the extra cost to buy it direct and don't spend the money at the App Store.

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz

Reply0 replies
Version 3.10
Osos10 Member IconComment+139

I used it on 10.6, but with Lion, according to the developer website: "The AppStore version does not run correctly on lion due to a bug in lion. Apple does not allow me to update the AppStore version as the workaround for the bug requires admin privileges and is therefore not allowed in the AppStore." I tried the workaround but it just doesn't work.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.10
Unicorn Member IconReview+25

What you see is what you get. You can't change when exactly it'll save to disk or ram for sleep. For example, if I want it to sleep in 1 hour and hibernate in 2, I can't do that. The battery basically has to be dead for it to activate. Otherwise you manually do it. You can make it run in the background, but it won't turn on by itself unless you set it in the system preferences.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.10
Seanc Member IconReview+70

My low rating is for the new app version of SmartSleep. I bought the app and used it for a couple of weeks, but recently uninstalled it and switched back to the free prefpane version. I really liked the new menubar item, but the actual "smart" sleep feature only works if the app is running all the time, which is an annoyance. I don't have a problem with the developer going commercial -- the price is very reasonable -- I just wish he'd kept it a prefpane instead of an app. I'm guessing he only made it an app so he could sell it via the AppStore.....

Reply0 replies
Version 3.04
Shk747 Member IconComment+136

vielleicht könnte der entwickler das geschwür von einem icon ein wenig in richtung mac-dezent ändern !?

selten so einen pfusch in der finderleiste gesehen.

Reply1 reply
Version 3.0
Michael Haeusler

Selber eins basteln und einfach im App-Package austauschen. Habe ich bei Menu-Items schon öfters gemacht, wenn's scheiße aussah. ;)

user icon-2
Version 3.10
user icon+0
Version 3.0
> 3 11


Current Version (3.x)


Downloads 16,203
Version Downloads 2,368
Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 09 Sep 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $3.99
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install SmartSleep with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated. Play video...