How to Turn on Mac Keyboard Light

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Turn on Mac Keyboard Light

Mac laptops come with a built-in keyboard light that can be very useful, especially when working in low-light environments. If you’re unsure how to turn on the keyboard light on your Mac, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to enable the keyboard light on your Mac.

Step 1: Check if Your Mac Has a Backlit Keyboard

Not all Mac laptops have a backlit keyboard. To find out if your Mac has this feature, look for the following icon on one of the function keys: F5 or F6.

The icon looks like a keyboard with rays of light coming out from it. If you see this icon, it means your Mac has a backlit keyboard.

Step 2: Adjusting Keyboard Light Brightness

If your Mac has a backlit keyboard, you can adjust the brightness level according to your preference. Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the F5 key to decrease the brightness level.
  2. Press and hold the F6 key to increase the brightness level.

Note that there are several brightness levels available. Keep pressing these keys until you reach the desired brightness level.

Step 3: Enable Automatic Keyboard Brightness Adjustment (Optional)

If you prefer your Mac to automatically adjust the keyboard brightness based on ambient lighting conditions, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () located in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on Keyboard.
  4. Switch to the Keyboard tab.
  5. Check the box next to Adjust keyboard brightness in low light.

Your Mac will now automatically adjust the keyboard brightness based on the lighting conditions in your surroundings.


The ability to turn on and adjust the keyboard light on your Mac can greatly enhance your typing experience, especially in dimly lit environments. By following these simple steps, you can effortlessly enable and control the keyboard light on your Mac laptop. Experiment with different brightness levels and enjoy working comfortably even when there is limited external lighting!

We hope this guide has been helpful. Now you can make full use of your Mac’s built-in backlit keyboard!

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