AUTOMATIC ON AND OFF  What is it? + Guide ▷ 2020

When we are using our equipment and we want it to turn itself off and then turn on we have to make a schedule, But if you are afraid to do it because, you do not know what it is, how it works or how to program it, here we show you.

We anticipate that, If you do this, it will not harm the health of your device., because we imagine that this is one of the reasons that do not let you take the step forward to be able to do the programming.

As we are here to help you, we are going to explain the steps for each of the methods such as: Windows 10, Android, iOS and Mac, because if you have one of these you can help yourself right away.

Automatic switching on and off: what is it and what is it for?

Let’s just imagine that we can’t charge our phone, tablet or laptop, but we want its charge to last longer. What would we do? with the automatic on and off programming we can put our device to rest for a period of time, which forces the computer to consume little energy.

Although this not only works to lengthen the load of our devices, it also has other virtues such as:

  • The necessary rest for our computers.
  • If we are downloading software and in order not to leave the PC on overnight, or to wait for the download to complete. Alone We set the automatic shutdown schedule and it will turn off.
  • If we have our cell phone and we need to turn it off every day at a specific time, we can program it.

Well, the advantages, or what is this programming for, is defined by each of us, because we each have different reasons, although the ones we mentioned are the most common.

Steps to activate automatic on and off on all your computers and devices

In this section you will learn how to make your computer turn itself off and on. Please read the information below carefully:

On Windows 10

To be able to schedule the automatic shutdown of Windows 10, we have to use the options of the “Programmer of tasks “ of the system. This tool has already been incorporated into this operating system for a long time, and despite this it is still unknown by many of its users. Such a tool can be very useful to us. As for example now, that we need to program an automatic on and / or off.

In this way when we are downloading a program or something that marks its download time more than one hour, We can let it download alone without having to wait for it to finish and then turn off the PC, because automatically with the programming done it will turn off.

To do this, the first thing we must do is open the Windows 10 task programmer. We simply must write “Task Scheduler” in the search field located on the task bar, and then click on the tool in the window that displays the results.

By doing this, it will open to the desktop, and we can begin to create the task that we need that the program allows us, in order to choose when our equipment should automatically turn off.

For programming we just have to click on the option “Create a basic task” that we can find in the right panel that is in the programmer. Then a window will open with the appropriate wizard to proceed to create our tasks for the system.


Now we continue to indicate the name that we want to give to the tasks set by us, for example we will put “Automatic PC shutdown”, and we can also leave a brief description to indicate that the task we have created is to automatically shut down our Windows 10 computer.

Once this is done, click on “Next” and we will see that will ask us to indicate when this task will be performed. Thus we choose if we want it to be done daily, weekly or perhaps monthly.


To finish, what we have to do is indicate the action that the system is going to perform when the time comes, for this we mark the option “Start a program” and click on “Next”. Later we click on “Examine” and select the process “Shutdown.exe”.

We can find this process in the Windows window under the path “C: Windows System32 “ and then we just double click, and the task scheduler window will automatically appear.

We have to verify that everything works correctly. Click on “Next” and then we will see a summary of everything we have just done, Click on “Finalize” for the task to be created.

Logically, when a computer is off, no action or task is executed, so if you want the computer to turn on automatically we must go to the system BIOS and there program it.

The first thing to do is restart the computer and enter the BIOS, and for this we only have to press on the keys determined by the system. If you don’t know what it is, we recommend that you try the keys F2, F8 or Delete

After entering the BIOS we look for the option “Resume on alarm or RTC alarm igniter ”, which is normally found within the “Power Management Settings.”

By activating this function we can indicate in turn the time we want the equipment to turn on automatically each day. Once this is defined, we save the changes and exit the BIOS and restart our PC again normally.

On macOS

In this part we will see what to do to be able to program our Mac, so that, like the previous method, it turns on and off automatically. First we must go to “System preferences” and then to the menu “Economizer”.

We look in the upper right corner for a button that says “Program”, then we click and it will open a panel where we will see options such as “Tear” activate and a second that gives us access to “Sleep”, “Restart” or “Turn off the computer”.


We mark the corresponding box, and then we establish if we are going to do it every day, weekdays, weekends or just a specific day. Then we define the start time. Thus combining both actions, for the ignition and when it turns off. Also from there you can determine the automatic restart of the computer.

On iOS

To set a schedule on our iPhone phone, we follow all these steps below. First we are going to “Additional features”, there we look for the option “Alarm” , we locate where it says “Sleep timer” and we set the time we want it to turn off (mostly it ranges from 15 minutes to two hours).

When we choose “Sleep timer” , we will see a clock icon on the screen and the minutes remaining before the device turns off and these will appear at the top of the screen. For iPod Nano and iPod 5th generation, the sleep timer is used with one clock at a time.

On Android

Programming the automatic on and off in Android is very easy. Although this function is not included in these devices (however the interface is standardized) and for this reason it cannot be seen on the vast majority of mobiles or tablets. Some brands such as Qualcomm or Mediatek develop this function in their products.

If your mobile comes with the function already installed and you can program the automatic on and off, you will not have to search through the interface until you find the option. Since it can be found in the “List of settings”, at the bottom of the “Settings” system with the name of “Schedule on Y off”.

Once we enter the option we will find the time the mobile will turn on and at which it will turn off. We can change any of the two times already defined and even determine the times we want it to be repeated. But, we cannot add more hours. For example, that one day functions at a different time than the next day.

Automatically turn on and off How does it work and what does it depend on?

The automatic on and / or off depends on several things, but one of the most important things are the following:


The processor is a computer base that processes or the information entered into a computer undergoes a series of operations, or on a mobile.

When we do an automatic on and off schedule, many things influence. Among them is the processor, because here all the actions that are going to be executed are directed, such as doing the programming. Processors vary by manufacturer, so the ways to schedule these tasks also vary.


The battery is one of the things that is taken care of when we program the on or off in our device, in order to save as much as possible what we want, since our device must have a percentage of at least 15% of load since otherwise the actions would not be executed.

For example, if we want our device to turn off and it has a percentage of 5% (when it is turned off or on, a somewhat considerable percentage of charge is consumed), it will probably not turn on since when the ignition is going to be executed due to low load it will not execute completely.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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