macOS High Sierra

Use Night Shift

Use Night Shift to adjust the colors on your display to the warmer end of the color spectrum. Warm screen colors are easier on your eyes when you use your Mac at night or in low-light conditions. And exposure to bright blue light in the evening can make it harder to fall asleep.

Note: To find out if your Mac supports Night Shift, see the Apple Support article How to use Night Shift on your Mac.

Schedule Night Shift to turn on automatically

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Night Shift.

    Open the Night Shift pane for me

  2. Click the Schedule pop-up menu, then choose an option.

    • Off: Choose this if you don’t want Night Shift to come on automatically.

    • Custom: Choose this to specify the times you want Night Shift to turn on and off.

    • Sunset to Sunrise: Choose this to use Night Shift from sunset to sunrise.

      If you select this option, your Mac uses your location to determine when it’s nighttime for you. To use this option, you must turn on Location Services. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click Privacy. Select Enable Location Services, scroll down to System Services, click Details, select Setting Time Zone, then click Done.

Turn Night Shift on and off manually

Even if you set a schedule for Night Shift, you can turn it on or off at any time—for example, if you’re in a darkened room.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Night Shift.

    Open the Night Shift pane for me

  2. Select Manual to turn on Night Shift.

    Night Shift remains on until the next day or until you turn it off. To turn it off, deselect Manual.

Tip: You can also turn Night Shift on and off in Notification Center. Open Notification Center, swipe down, then click the Night Shift button. Or ask Siri to turn it on or off for you.

Set the color temperature

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Night Shift.

    Open the Night Shift pane for me

  2. Drag the slider to change the color temperature Night Shift uses.