Change the refresh rate on your MacBook Pro or Apple Pro Display XDR

You can switch between refresh rates on your 16-inch MacBook Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro, or Pro Display XDR.

For professional workflows such as video editing, you can set the refresh rate of your display to align with the frame rate of the video you're editing or viewing.


Available refresh rates

You can switch between these refresh rates on your Retina display:

  • 60 Hertz
  • 59.94 Hertz
  • 50 Hertz
  • 48 Hertz
  • 47.95 Hertz

On 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple silicon, you can select ProMotion for an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz.


Change the refresh rate

Choose a refresh rate that divides evenly into the frame rate of your content. For example, if the content you’re viewing is 24 frames per second, select the 48 Hertz refresh rate.

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Displays.
  2. Click the Refresh Rate pop-up menu and choose a refresh rate.
    Displays System Preferences window Refresh Rates menu

When you're done viewing or editing the video content, you might want to change your refresh rate back to the default for your display.

In macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur, press and hold the Option key and select the Scaled button to display the refresh rate menu.


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