Enhanced notifications that can wake your Mac

Your MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later can get enhanced notifications that wake it from sleep.

New features

The following applications and services can use the enhanced notifications features described below. 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.

Back to My Mac
When your computer is plugged into AC power, Back to My Mac can find and make your computer available for remote access. This feature works on your Mac when it's sleeping even if the lid is closed. Also, you no longer need to use an Airport Base Station or a sleep proxy. Learn more about Back to My Mac.

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. To learn more, see Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed.
  • Note that the Do Not Disturb feature disables all these notifications except for Find My Mac.
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