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I want to completely remove the screensaver feature from my Mac!

I know it can be turned off by simply clicking NEVER but it still appears after few minutes! Don't know why it does this, I am currently looking for a way to get rid of the annoying screensaver because when I watch video, it comes on without prior notice! :(

I tried to drag the defaults into the trash but doesn't work! :(

I was wondering would it harm my Mac if I do this? I must be sure, anyway, I want peace of mind because it's very annoying and I do not want to have screensaver because I work on my computer 24/7! and it's hard for me to find the time to rest until I ever feel like going to bed.

I am a terribly busy guy here, backing up my files manually is no easy task, especially when it comes to having a very huge collection of stuff I download from the net and now I am having trouble where to save most of it as lots of sites are NOT FREE and always require monthly pay for additional space! :(

Anyways, back on topic with my main problem, the screen saver, is there any way to remove it if the trash bin is not the solution? Let me know!

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Phil Ramsey1 month agomacOS 10.13.4, Google Chrome


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  • Hello Phil,

    I'm sorry for the delay in replying to your post, it's somehow escaped my attention.

    It's not possible to remove the whole screensaver feature from your Mac, as far as I'm aware. At least not without the risk of breaking the whole operating system.

    Is it a specific screensaver that keeps coming on?

    The help page on removing a screensaver (Mac) includes instructions on how to delete screensavers manually, including the ones that are shipped with macOS. The section is near the bottom of the article and starts with: "If the screensaver is not listed, or you wish to delete any of the default screensavers...".

    That way you can optionally remove all screensavers from your system. This shouldn't affect your Mac in any way, as you're not removing the screensaver feature.

    My apologies again for the delay, hopefully you've been able to solve this in the meantime. If not, then perhaps the above will be of some help to you. Failing that, I would be inclined to think there's a third-party application affecting the behavior of your Mac, or your installation of macOS is corrupted somehow.

    Please let me know if you need any further assistance.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)1 month ago

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