How to Change Brightness on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Change Brightness on Mac

Adjusting the brightness on your Mac can greatly enhance your viewing experience and ensure your screen is comfortable for your eyes. Whether you want to increase the brightness for better visibility or decrease it to reduce eye strain, Mac offers several ways to adjust the brightness settings. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to change brightness on Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer a quick and easy way to adjust the brightness, you can use keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Fn key located at the bottom left of your keyboard.
  • Step 2: While holding the Fn key, press the F1 key to increase brightness or the F2 key to decrease brightness.
  • Note: The exact function keys may vary depending on your Mac model.

Method 2: Using System Preferences

If you prefer more control over your brightness settings, you can adjust them through System Preferences. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences”.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Displays”.
  • Note:You can also access Displays by searching for it using Spotlight (press Cmd + Space).
  • Step 4: In the Displays window, navigate to the “Display” tab.
  • Step 5: Adjust the brightness slider to increase or decrease the brightness level.

Method 3: Using Control Center

If you have macOS Big Sur or later installed on your Mac, you can use the Control Center to quickly access brightness controls. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Step 1: Click on the Control Center icon located in the menu bar at the top-right corner of your screen (it looks like a series of sliders).
  • Note:If you don’t see the Control Center icon, you can enable it by going to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar > Check “Show Control Center”.
  • Step 2: In the Control Center window, locate and adjust the brightness slider according to your preference.

Method 4: Using External Displays

If you have an external display connected to your Mac, you can also adjust its brightness separately. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2:In System Preferences, click on “Displays”.
  • Note:You can also access Displays by searching for it using Spotlight (press Cmd + Space).
  • Note:If your external display has built-in controls, you can also use them to adjust the brightness.
  • Step 3: In the Displays window, navigate to the “Arrangement” tab.
  • Step 4: Select the external display you want to adjust from the arrangement diagram.
  • Step 5: Adjust the brightness slider for the selected external display.

Note: Keep in mind that not all Mac models support adjusting brightness for external displays. Make sure to check your Mac’s specifications if you encounter any issues.

By following these methods, you can easily change and customize the brightness settings on your Mac. Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts, System Preferences, Control Center, or external display controls, finding the perfect brightness level is just a few clicks away!

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