macOS Sierra Night Shift

The big ballyhoo about the recent Sierra 10.12.4 update is “Night Shift”. Basically, Apple has taken the “Night Shift” functionality from iOS and implemented it in the macOS. It is pretty close to the exact same thing in fact.


Night Shift

What does Night Shift do? It changes your screen (iOS Device or Mac) from a blueish cast to a more yellowish cast. The idea is, the yellowish cast to the screen (which can be adjusted) is supposed to be easier on your eyes at night, thus allowing you to get to sleep better. So, how do you turn it on in macOS Sierra?

Start by going into the Displays Preference Pane:


Once in Displays, then click on the Night Shift tab:


This is what Night Shift looks like, it is very similar to iOS:


You can schedule when Night Shift takes effect:


or turn it on manually. However, I think the most important setting is “Color Temperature.” I use Night Shift on my iPad at night. The default color temperature is a bit to yellow for me so I use the “Color Temperature” to dial it down a bit.

There is a caveat here folks. Night Shift is only available on the following Macs:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

So, if you have a Mac in one of these categories that is older than this list you are out of luck.

Here is my take on Night Shift. I use my iPad at night almost exclusively. I rarely use my Mac at night. I like the Night Shift feature on my iPad, although I have dialed down the yellowish cast a little. However, I do not think I will use Night Shift on my Mac. I do not like the yellowish cast during the day and I rarely use the Mac at night. What do you think? Will you be using Night Shift on your Mac?


It was nice of Apple to add the Night Shift feature to the macOS. I probably will not be using it much, but for people who do it will be there.