Enhanced notifications that can wake your Mac

MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models introduced in 2015 or later can receive enhanced notifications that wake them from sleep.

The following applications and services can use enhanced notifications features. These work as long as your computer is connected to the Internet and not connected to an external display.  

Messages
Messages can wake your computer from sleep to notify you when you receive a message. This feature works when your computer's lid is open.

FaceTime
FaceTime can wake your computer from sleep when you receive a FaceTime video or audio call. This feature works when your computer's lid is open. Learn more about using FaceTime with your Mac and iOS devices.  

Social networking
Services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Sina Weibo can wake your sleeping computer to receive and display messages. This feature works when your computer's lid is open.

Game Center
Game Center can wake your computer from sleep when you receive a Game Center invitation to play or notification that it's your turn. This feature works when your computer's lid is open.

Find My Mac
Find My Mac lets you play an audible tone on your sleeping computer even if the lid is closed. You can also locate your Mac, lock it remotely, or erase the data on the internal drive. Learn more about Find my Mac

Requirements and settings

  • Notifications work on wireless and wired networks. They also work when you're connected via a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter, or connected to Ethernet via an Apple Thunderbolt Display.
  • The Notifications pane in System Preferences controls most notifications. Learn how to use and customize notifications on your Mac.
  • The Do Not Disturb feature disables all these notifications except for Find My Mac.
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