What is the powerd process and why is it running on my Mac?
Computer science 2020-06-20 15:54:47
" style = "max- height: 400px; max-width: 99% ; "> You are browsing Activity Monitor
on your Mac when something catches your eye: powerd. What is it, and should you worry? RELATED: What is this process and why is it running on my Mac?
This article is part of our current series
explaining the different processs found in the Monitor activity, such as kernel_task
and many others
. You don"t know what these services are? Better start reading! Today"s process, powerd, is at the heart of macOS. Processes that end with the letter d are usually daemons, essential parts of the operating system that run in the background and manage critical system tasks. This particular demon, powerd, manages your energy consumption. When your Mac goes to sleep after being idle, powerd is what makes it happen. The same goes when your hard drives fail or your screen goes blank. You can easily configure the powerd settings by opening System Preferences and going to the Economics sectionenergy generator.
" style = "max- height: 400px; max-width: 99 %; "> Here you can change things like the time until the screen goes to sleep, both with the "AC adapter plugged in and without. RELATED: How to Choose When Your Mac Hibernates (or "Goes to Sleep ")
You can dive even deeper into the configuration of powerd in uusing the pmset command in Terminal, something we highlighted while explaining how you can choose when your Mac hibernates
. To see an overview of your power management settings, just type pmset -g and you will see the result.
" style = "max- height: 400px; max-width: 99 %; "> See the pmset man page
for more information on what it all means and how you can make a difference, but don"t change anything if you consider yourself to be a very advanced user. Help! Powerd using too much CPU This is rare, but users sometimes report excessive CPU usage by powerd. The fastest way The solution to this problem is to force the process to close in the Activity Monitor
. The process will restart and, in almost all cases, excessive CPU usage will stop. If the problem persists, corrupt firmware settings may be causing resetting your SMC
should fix the problem. Photo credit: Kaboompics