How to use Night Shift on your Mac with macOS Sierra 10.12.4

“macOS Sierra 10.12.4, introduced this week, added Night Shift, a feature brought over from iOS,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today. “It helps you reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone.”

“Blue wavelengths — which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood — seem to be disruptive at night,” Sellers writes. “The proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown and may affect sleeping patterns.”

Sellers writes, “Apple hasn’t made it especially easy to figure out how to implement Night Shift in macOS, but here’s how you do it…”

Simple instructions here.

MacDailyNews Take: Tschüss, Flux.

Night Shift for Mac works just like Night Shift for iOS on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch (in iOS, Night Shift controls are in Utilities > Display & Brightness > Night Shift).

System requirements for Night Shift

Night Shift requires macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and one of these Mac computers, using the built-in display or the displays listed:

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

First look: Night Shift mode comes to Mac in latest macOS Sierra beta – January 26, 2017
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 with Night Shift for Mac, other new features – January 24, 2017


  1. Under about this mac in Sierra, this does not display:

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

  2. Wow. If this qualifies as “Apple hasn’t made it especially easy to figure out…”, I think we’ve reached a disconcerting new low in basic comprehension. Even I, as a relative of Sum Dum Gai, knew that I’d find it in Display settings. It took all of about 10 seconds from initial thought to “enabled”.

    Has anyone other than poor Dennis found this to be challenging?

    1. Yet another Apple apologist. Are you paid or are you a volunteer?

      Apple is no longer the leader in feature discovery. If an OS introduces new features, the smart thing to go would be to pop up an introduction page that would point to additional on-device help, or online resources, or online tutorials. Simple, easy, User friendly. Apple can’t be bothered to do this anymore, so the new user is forced to do all this searching manually.

      You may have perfect intuition and understand all the fine details about Apple’s products, but you would be the exception.

      I will say it again: Apple’s help menu on Macs has stagnated for years. A world class company ought to do better. Stop making users run to 3rd party blogs to find answers to things that should be built in and crystal clear.

      1. Apple never said they discovered features. They just think they can make existing features a better user experience and easier to use. It’s easy to add features. The difficult part is to add features that make a better user experience. If you want to customize things, use a Windows PC. Apple users are for “the rest of us” computer users who don’t want to customize everything or have complicated options. We just want something that’s simple and just works. The problem Apple is having now is that it’s trying to cater to everybody’s needs rather than sticking to its core values.

        1. I disagree. Apple is now run by bean counters and former Google hipster coders who think hiding everything is a cool look. Apple doesn’t follow its legacy Mac interface guidelines and they sure as hell haven’t done many efficiency studies with beginners or switchers. I also agree that he built in help menus are one step from atrocious.

  3. I can’t wrap my head around this idea.. seems utterly stupid… I tried it and it looks horrible! Why anyone who designs for a living want to use this when treating photos or picking color when you’re screen has been rigged to be off-color! Whose Idea was this … some tired worker at MacWorld/IDG? They don’t print anything any more so I guess they needed this!?

  4. Hmm, shows on my mid 2011 MM, but not on my MBA. Once again, users with older hardware are screwed. And since no refresh on Mac mini in a thousand years (among others), this is once again a big, fat APPLE FAIL.

  5. “(in iOS, Night Shift controls are in Utilities > Display & Brightness > Night Shift” Hmm, “Settings” instead of “Utilities”?

    System Preferences > Displays in Sierra?

  6. I don’t quite understand why Apple has made night shift incompatible with certain Mac models. Flux works with pretty much anything, so why is it so difficult for Apple to do it? It’s not like it’s a killer app that will entice people to get newer kit.

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