How to Use Night Shift on Your Mac

Posted in How To, macOS on 06/04/2017 by Chris Hauk


With the release of macOS 10.12.4, Mac users gained the ability to take advantage of Night Shift, which adjusts the Mac display to a warmer color in the evening hours, which can help reduce eye strain and help sleeping patterns.

The option has been available to iOS users for awhile, and the effect was previously only available to Mac users who downloaded the Flux utility, (which is still a great option for Mac OS X users who don’t plan on upgrading to macOS).

How to Use Night Shift in Mac OS

  1. Click the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” from the menu
  2. In System Preferences, click “Displays” and click the “Night Shift” tab
  3. Click  the “Schedule” pull-down and select either “Sunset to Sunrise” or “Custom”
  4. Now, adjust the “Color Temperature” to suit your preferences. The screen warmth will change to preview how it will look.
  5. Close the System Preferences window when you’re finished

With Night Shift enabled, when the sun goes down, or at the custom time that you set, the display temperature of the display will change to become warmer automatically. The display warmth will be reduced automatically at sunrise, or at a custom time chosen by you.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.

(Thanks for the original tip go to

  • Frank Malloy

    Better way:

    1. Make sure Night Shift is off
    2. Install f.lux


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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