How to Fix macOS Ventura WindowServer Prevents from Sleeping [10 Available Solutions]

Updated by Dany on Nov 22, 2022
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macOS Ventura WindowServer prevents your Mac from sleeping? This passage lists ten solutions to help you solve the problem. Skip to the tutorial by clicking "Full Steps" in this chart.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Quit Process in Activity Monitor After checking the prevent sleeping applications or processes with Activity...Full steps
Fix 2. Restart Your Mac Choose "Shut Down" under the Apple menu, and hit the power button...Full steps
Fix 3. Adjust macOS Ventura Lock Screen Settings Click the Apple icon and choose "System Settings" on macOS Ventura...Full steps
Fix 4. Turn Off the Sharing Options

You need to open the "System Settings" on macOS Ventura. In the sidebar, you should click "General"...Full steps

Other solutions

Open the System Settings and click "Battery" in the sidebar. Click "Options" and set it to never...Full steps

What Prevents macOS Ventura from Sleeping

Your Mac's battery drains during sleeping after downloading macOS Ventura? It is a sign that reminds you that some applications or the WindowServer are holding your Mac from sleeping. If your macOS Ventura sleep mode is turning on but fails to sleep, it is better to check out what prevents the macOS Ventura from sleeping with macOS Activity Monitor, and then you can force quit Mac applications.

How to check with macOS Ventura Activity Monitor:

Step 1. Use Spotlight to search Activity Monitor and launch it.

launch Acitivity Monitor on Mac

Step 2. Click "View", and then click "Columns". You will see "Preventing Sleeping" at the bottom.

Step 3. Then you can see what applications on Mac are preventing sleeping. Pay attention to the applications that show "Yes".

check what applications are preventing Mac from sleeping

If you find out the macOS Ventura WindowServer prevents your Mac from sleeping, you don't have to force quit WindowServer. You should find the related applications that may cause the issues and quit those applications on Mac. Or you can try ten methods to fix macOS Ventura WindowServer prevents your Mac from sleeping in the next part.

Fix macOS Ventura WindowServer Prevents from Sleeping [10 Workable Solutions]

Multiple plans can help you use the Sleep Mode on your Mac or MacBook as usual. Keep reading and find a suitable solution!

Fix 1. Force Quit Processes or Applications Prevents from Sleeping

After checking the prevent sleeping applications or processes with Activity Monitor, you can select the target application or process by double clicking. Then you can force quit the applications or processes by clicking "Quit" or "Force Quit".

quit or force quit applications on Mac

Fix 2. Restart Your Mac to Solve the Sleep Mode Issue

Sometimes restarting your Mac can help users fix some macOS Ventura issues. You can restart your Mac in three ways:

Method 1. Choose "Shut Down" under the Apple menu, and hit the power button or Touch ID to restart your Mac.

shut down the Mac

Method 2. Click "Restart" under the Apple menu, and then your Mac or MacBook will shut down and restart automatically.

restart your Mac under the Apple menu

Method 3. Hold your Mac power button for 10 seconds, and your Mac will force shut down. Press the power button, and your Mac will start and boot.

Fix 3. Adjust macOS Ventura Lock Screen Settings on Mac

Sometimes your Mac won't sleep because you set your Mac never to sleep in the lock screen settings. Let us check how to change the lock screen settings on macOS Ventura.

Step 1. Click the Apple icon and choose "System Settings" on macOS Ventura.

click system settings under the Apple menu

Step 2. Click "Lock Screen" from the sidebar.

Step 3. Make sure you don't set your Mac to never sleep.

Set your Mac sleep in x minutes

Fix 4. Turn Off the Sharing Options on macOS Ventura

If you open screen sharing or printer sharing on macOS Ventura, your Mac may not turn to sleep. Let us check how to turn off these sharing options on macOS Ventura:

Step 1. You need to open the "System Settings" on macOS Ventura.

Step 2. In the sidebar, you should click "General".

click general in the sidebar

Step 3. Scroll down and click "Sharing". Then you will see if you turn on screen sharing or printer sharing on Mac. Turn off the unnecessary options.

adjust sleeping settings

Fix 5. Set to Never Wake for Network Access in Battery Settings

As we discussed in the last part, if you turn on sharing options on your Mac, if your families or friends access your printer or screen through the internet, your Mac will not sleep.

Step 1. Open the System Settings and click "Battery" in the sidebar.

Step 2. Click "Options" and set it to never wake for the network access.

ser Mac never wake for the network access

Fix 6. How to Disable Handoff on macOS Ventura

You may turn on the AirDrop and Handoff option on your Mac if you have multiple Apple devices. The handoff option is the possible reason your macOS Ventura cannot enter Sleep Mode. How to turn off the Handoff on macOS Ventura?

Step 1. Open the System Settings and click "General" in the sidebar.

Step 2. Choose "AirDrop & Handoff" and turn off the button beside "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices".

adjust AirDrop and Handoff settings

Fix 7. Fix macOS Ventura WindowServer Prevents from Sleeping in Safe Mode

Mac Safe Mode can troubleshoot macOS Ventura software issues, and you can use Safe Mode to check if your Mac can enter Sleep Mode. How to boot Mac into Safe Mode?

Intel-based Mac:

Step 1. Restart your Mac and hold the Shift key. Release the key until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Step 2. Log in to your account, and the Safe Mode option will appear.

Apple Silicon Mac:

Step 1. Shut down your Mac and hold the power button.

Step 2. Release the power button until you see the startup options on the screen.

Step 3. Select a disk to start and choose "Continue in Safe Mode" with the Shift key holding down.

Fix 8. Spotlight Indexing may Cause Mac Fail to Enter Sleep Mode

When the macOS Spotlight is indexing your Mac, your Mac will keep awaked until the indexing is finished. The indexing of the hard drive on Mac may take minutes or hours, wait for the indexing process complete, and then your Mac can enter Sleep Mode successfully.

Fix 9. Update macOS Base System to Fix the System Issue

If you cannot solve the problem after trying the above methods, you can try to fix macOS Ventura WindowServer prevents your Mac from sleeping by updating the macOS base system. You can update macOS in Software Update.

Fix 10. Contact Apple Support to Solve the Sleeping Issues

When you encounter problems and issues you cannot solve, it is better to ask for professional help. To solve your problem quickly, you can go to Apple Retail Stores.

Recover Lost Data While Fixing the macOS Ventura Issues

You may lose data when fixing macOS Ventura WindowServer prevents your Mac from sleeping. Force quit applications, macOS Ventura update failed, and other macOS Ventura issues may cause data loss.

How to recover the data lost while fixing the macOS Ventura issues? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is a safe recovery tool that can recover data quickly and safely.

This reliable macOS Ventura data recovery software can help you recover deleted files on macOS Ventura from different storage devices: recover photos, music, videos, audio, emails, and other files from SD cards, USB flash drives, external hard drives, memory cards, etc.

No matter whether you want to recover lost photos after macOS Ventura update or recover data after factory resetting macOS, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help you rescue data in three steps:

Step 1. Search for lost files

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Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

This software will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display pictures, documents, audio, videos, and emails on the left pane.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

Click the data to preview, and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

macOS Ventura WindowServer Prevents from Sleeping FAQs

We have prepared three additional questions and answers in case you want to learn more:

How to fix can't install macOS 13 Ventura on Mac?

Users may can't install macOS Ventura on Mac because of a lack of storage space or poor internet connection. You can fix the problem in many ways:

  1. 1. Free up storage space.
  2. 2. Check whether your Mac device can install macOS 13 or not.
  3. 3. Have a stable internet environment.
  4. 4. Restart your Mac.
  5. 5. Reinstall macOS Ventura in Recovery Mode.

How to fix WindowServer quit unexpectedly on macOS Ventura?

There are many solutions to fix WindowServer quit unexpectedly on macOS Ventura:

  1. 1. Adjust settings in Mission Control.
  2. 2. Delete display preference files on Mac.
  3. 3. Change the Lock Screen settings on macOS Ventura.
  4. 4. Update macOS Ventura.
  5. 5. Downgrade macO Ventura.
  6. 6. Create a new account on macOS 13.

How to fix WindowServer's high CPU usage on Mac?

You can reduce WindowServer's high CPU usage on Mac by deleting unnecessary items from the Mac desktop, closing unneeded windows, disabling visual effects on Mac, and removing the virus manually.

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