Change your Mac display’s brightness
You can adjust the display’s brightness manually or automatically.
Use the brightness function keys
If the screen seems too light or too dark, you can adjust your display’s brightness.
On your Mac, press the increase brightness key or the decrease brightness key (or use the Control Strip).
Automatically adjust brightness
Manually adjust brightness
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display.
Drag the Brightness slider to adjust the brightness of your display.
Depending on the type of display connected to your Mac, you may also see a Contrast slider that you can use to adjust the display’s contrast.
Set brightness from the menu bar
On some newer portable computers, you can help optimise battery use by setting the display brightness to approximately 75%. You see this option in the menu bar only when the display’s brightness is set to a level that uses a significant amount of energy.
On your Mac, click the battery icon in the menu bar, then click Display Brightness.
Note: If you don’t see the battery icon in the menu bar, you need to show the battery’s status.
You can’t adjust the brightness of some older Apple displays. In OS X 10.10 and later, the Brightness slider may no longer appear in the Display pane of Displays preferences.
For specific information about the brightness of your display, check the documentation that came with your display.