Should you leave your computer on?

Do you really have to switch off your computer at night?

Should you leave your computer on?

It’s widely believed that turning your computer off is best for your computer and its components to ensure a longer lifespan. But is there any truth to this claim?

According to a technology expert, the answer is complicated and dependent on your usage.

“Leaving a computer on all the time is less stressful than turning it off and on several times a day – but it is a constant stress,” he said.

The process of booting up your computer activates a small surge of power which causes all the components to wake up and start spinning. Making your computer run through this motion several times every day can lead to a shortened lifespan and the risk of a critical failure is greater as your computer ages.

While the booting up process does have an effect on your computer, so does leaving your computer on at all times. This is because the mechanical parts are in constant use, even in low-power mode, and they eventually wear down over time.

So, what’s the best option for your computer? It all comes down to how much you use your computer and for what. If you are using the computer several times a day, then it’s better to leave the computer running, switching into sleep mode after 30 minutes of non-use. But, if you use it once a day, then it’s better to turn the computer off once you’re done.

It is recommended that you always shut down your computer overnight to allow your computer to perform regular updates during the shutdown process, as well as saving money on your power bill.

Do you always shut down your computer? Do you ever leave it running overnight?

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    patti
    11th Jun 2018
    9:44am
    Mine is always turned off when I don't use it. The main reason is that I am on mobile wifi due to unreliable internet where I live. This wifi is open, and anyone with techno savvy can work out how to log into it. I was scammed last year, so am very wary now. If the computer and wifi access are off I feel safer
    Mindy
    11th Jun 2018
    10:25am
    'The process of booting up your computer activates a small surge of power which causes all the components to wake up and start spinning.' Really! Many modern computers (I have a MACBOOK) do not even have a fan - no spinning parts!! I would be interested to see all of the ICs and memory chips start spinning.

    Where is your editorial control!!
    Downtrain
    11th Jun 2018
    11:40am
    With windows 10 the computer goes into a type of hibernation when you shut down. My PC is set to slow down after 30 minutes almost into a Sleep mode. The Comments above are good, but you should restart at least once every two days. This refreshes everything but Shutdown does not
    Rosret
    11th Jun 2018
    12:19pm
    You should have a photo of a laptop burning as they were the ones self igniting. The batteries are the big culprits.
    However, switch off and log off. Most people have saved passwords these days so its best to force the robber to attempt to bypass your computer login as it may be your only safeguard.
    Knows-a-lot
    11th Jun 2018
    3:57pm
    When I'm not using my computer, I put it into "Sleep Mode". Rebooting it from scratch takes ages.
    musicveg
    17th Jun 2018
    3:59pm
    I leave mine on all day and turn off at night once I am done for the day. But my computer is old and does not like to be put in sleep mode and I have to adjust the date and time each time I start it. Looked into fixing it but meant spending money. I use a smaller laptop at night.


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