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One of the most appreciable iOS features “Night Shift” is now available on Mac starting with macOS Sierra 10.12.4. Once enabled, it transfers the colors of the display to the warmer end of the color spectrum. As a result, your eyes won't burn or strain.

The obvious advantage of using Night Shift on Mac is that you will have a better night's sleep. Depending on your need, you can either set it to get activated automatically or set a custom schedule. Let's find out how it works!

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How to Enable Night Shift Mode in macOS Sierra on Mac

How to Enable and Use Night Shift in macOS Sierra on Mac

Note: To use Night Shift on your Mac, you need to make sure your computer is compatible and running macOS Sierra 10.12.4. Night Shift doesn't work with the connected televisions or projectors.

Following are the Mac models and displays that support Night Shift.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • Apple LED Cinema Display
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • LG UltraFine 4K Display

Step #1. Click on Apple menu at the top-left corner of the screen.

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Step #2. Next, you need to click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac Running macOS Sierra

Step #3. Click on Displays.

Click on Displays in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. Now, you have to click on Night Shift tab.

Click on Night Shift in macOS Sierra

You can now create a custom Night Shift schedule or set it to get activated automatically from sunset to sunrise. To do so, simply click on the drop-down menu, select a schedule i.e. sunset to sunrise or set a custom schedule as per your need.

Set Night Shift from Sunset to Sunrise on MacIf you want to set a custom schedule, you have to select the time range during which you want to use Night Shift.

Customize Night Shift in macOS Sierra on Mac

How to Adjust Night Shift Color Temperature on Mac

You can adjust the color temperature when the Night Shift is active. According to Apple, warmer settings might affect the appearance of some onscreen motion.

Step #1. Click on Apple menu → System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac Running macOS Sierra

Step #2. Click on Displays.

Click on Displays in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on Night Shift tab.

Click on Night Shift in macOS Sierra

Step #4. Now, you need to drag the slider left or right in order to make the color temperature more or less warm.

Adjust Night Shift Color Temperature on Mac

How to Disable Night Shift on Mac

If ever don't want to keep Night Shift enabled, you can easily disable it.

Step #1. Click on Apple menu → System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac Running macOS Sierra

Step #2. Click on Displays.

Click on Displays in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on Night Shift.

Click on Night Shift in macOS Sierra

Step #4. Now, uncheck the box next to Manual.

Uncheck Manual in Night Shift on Mac

If you have scheduled Night Shift, it will be activated at the scheduled time. If you want to completely disable it, just select Off in Drop-down menu next to Schedule.

Disable Night Shift in macOS Sierra on Mac

Alternately, you can click on the Notification Center button located at the top-right corner of the screen. Then, scroll down and click the Night Shift switch to turn it On/Off position.

Turn Off Night Shift om Mac from Notification Center

That's it!

The Bottom Line

Night Shift is a very helpful feature for users. It had first arrived in iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad. If you are someone who uses Mac regularly at night, it would be of immense help to you. What's your take on it?

You might want to read these posts as well: how to enable/disable Night Shift on iPhone, how to enable dark Mode in tvOS, how to enable dark mode on Mac, and how to enable Night Mode in Twitter etc.

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