Change the brightness on your MacBook Pro display

Learn how to adjust your display brightness or set it automatically.

By default, your Mac adjusts the screen brightness for current light conditions using the built-in ambient light sensor. 

Set the brightness automatically

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display.
  2. Select “Automatically adjust brightness.”

Manually set the brightness

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display.
  2. Drag the Brightness slider to adjust the brightness of your display.

In certain low-light ambient lighting conditions, such as indoors, the default setting for automatic brightness on your display may limit the maximum brightness to a level that's below its absolute maximum. To set the brightness to the absolute maximum level in these lighting conditions, turn off “Automatically adjust brightness”, then set the brightness to the maximum level.

If you turn off automatic brightness, you should turn it back on later to preserve battery life.

Learn more

Learn more about changing your Mac display's brightness.

Learn how to change the refresh rate on your 16-inch MacBook Pro display.

Some features like True Tone and changing your refresh rate are available only on some newer Mac models.

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