Do MacBooks have auto brightness?

If this is the first time you buy an Apple laptop, you should know that its screen is one of its best features. And regarding this component, there are several very useful functions that facilitate our work, and the user experience. One of them is automatic brightness, so in this post we are going to see if they have this function and how it can be activated. Plus some extra tricks.

Where is the automatic brightness on Macs?

Changing the brightness of our MacBook is a very simple task. Thanks to the function keys we have the option of increasing or decreasing the brightness of the computer’s built-in screen. Although it may seem like a minor detail, the difference between our MacBook screen and an external screen will change how this setting is handled.

With the function keys (F1 and F2) you can change the intensity of the keyboard brightness. However, if you don’t want to keep changing this light, then this is where auto-brightness comes into play. And it’s a very easy feature to activate. To do this, we will have to go to Settings> Screens. In this category, if we scroll the menu to the bottom, we will see two options. The first one is called Brillo, and the second, Adjust brightness automatically.

In addition to the F1 and F2 keys, we can adjust the brightness through the virtual slider that we have within this menu. And if we want the brightness of the screen to increase or decrease, depending on the ambient light (that is, automatically), we will have to activate the Adjust brightness option automatically. When we have it running, the brightness of the main screen of our computer will regulate itself.

Nevertheless, Is this function compatible with external monitors? The truth is that, depending on the model and manufacturer, it is possible that we can see this function reflected, also on a screen that is connected to our MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. So, if you want to check it yourself, you will have to go to Settings> Displays and select the external monitor that you have connected. If you see the same automatic brightness option that appears when we are consulting the screen of our MacBook, then you can activate it.

The complement to automatic brightness

A very nice complement to the automatic brightness function is Night Shift. This function allows us to adjust the color temperature of our MacBook screen, to accommodate our eyesight in the event that we work with very little light or, directly, in a night environment.

automatic brightness external display macglitter night shift macThanks to Night Shift, we can increase or decrease the warmth of the screen, to have a warmer or colder color environment depending on our needs. And this function can also be applied to external monitors that we have connected. Of course, in the same way as in the case of automatic brightness, keep in mind that this function varies the compatibility depending on the manufacturer and the monitor model.

Within the same section of Settings> Screens, we will see a button called Night Shift. If we are on the main screen of our MacBook, it has to appear. If we go to the screen that we have connected, and we also see this option, then we can also activate it there.