Stay 4+

Cordless Dog

    • 3.0 • 33 Ratings
    • $14.99



If you’re fastidious about keeping your windows tidy, Stay is for you. Stay ensures that your windows are always where you want them to be, even as you connect and disconnect displays.

Move your windows to where you want them, then have Stay store them. Once stored, windows can be returned to their stored state at any time by having Stay restore them.

Stay can store a set of windows for every combination of displays that you use with your computer.

For example, if you have a laptop that is sometimes connected to an external monitor, you can store two sets of windows in Stay; one with the external monitor connected and one without. This done, you’ll be able to ensure that your windows are always where you want them to be by having Stay restore windows whenever you connect or disconnect the external monitor.

Stay can even be configured to automatically restore windows as displays are connected and disconnected.

What’s New

Version 1.4


• Native support for Apple Silicon Macs.
• Compatibility fixes for macOS 11 Big Sur.

Bug Fixes:

• Compatibility fixes for Tweetbot, Stickies, and Skim.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Mattynabib ,

65% good stuff

I have to concur with other reviewers: I WANTED this app to be my go-to solution, since I need to switch between laptop-only and laptop-with-external display many times a day. The problem is that it doesn't quite get there... there's always manual re-positioning that needs to be done to get me back to where I need to be, between desktop spaces, browser windows, etc.

I rely heavily on spaces and multiple desktops, browsers with windows open on different desktops between different monitors, etc. Stay's re-positioning of things seems to give a nod to how I set things up, but it never recreates things even close to perfectly, relying on my to get the rest of the way there.

Another weird issue is that it sometimes seems to switch the order of some of my desktop spaces even when I haven't unplugged or changed anything... I'll start with my Chrome tab second and Safari third, and suddenly with no warning or change to the screen config, I will have Safari second and Chrome fourth or something similar. Only a minor annoyance, but unpredictability is bad. No clear reason why this happens, but it appears to be related to this product at the very least.

RabidCow ,

Good, but not perfect

This is a decent utility that makes my life easier as I swap my macbook pro amonst a variety of external displays (two Dell displays at work, occassional conference room display, iMac running in target mode at home). It gets me about 60-70% of the way there. However, it seems to be unable to restore window height when moving between different display sizes. Also, it doesn’t put all windows back in their proper location or in their Space (virtual desktop). I’m often having to move windows from the default Space to the correct one. Finally, applications which tend to have lots of windows (e.g., Safari) tend to not be restored correctly (both in terms of size and Space).

This is better than nothing, but it could be a lot better.

sineadkl ,

wanted to love this

This app purports to do exactly what I want. It just doesn’t do it well. It worked a little better when I first bought it but it only effectively saves some of my windows. It does help a little as I only have to reposition some windows on restart or disconnect. It really struggles with spaces and also when you have multiple windows for a single application. And where it tries to resolve those issues, it’s clunky to use as well. So it may be able to solve some of my issues, but the settings are not user friendly.

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