How to Set Up and Use Night Shift in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

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Mar 28, 2017
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Here’s how you can set up and use the brand new Night Shift feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update.

Night Shift Helps You Sleep Better at Night – Let’s Get Started with the Feature

If you recently updated to macOS 10.12.4 Sierra, then you might’ve noticed an interesting little change in the OS. If you haven’t, then you will be pleased to learn that an iOS-exclusive feature, called Night Shift, has made its way to Apple’s desktop platform. In theory, the feature helps you sleep better at night by applying a slightly yellow filter on top of the display. While scientifically it has been proven to work, but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Regardless, we’ll show you how to use the feature right away.

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Tutorial

1. Launch System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo button in the menu bar.

2. Once here, look for an option called Displays. Once found, click on it to open.

3. At the top you will see three tabs – click on Night Shift. If you don’t see the tab at all, then it’s highly likely you are running an older version of macOS. This feature is exclusive to macOS 10.12.4 and above.

4. There are two ways to activate Night Shift. Either you schedule it to turn on during a specific time by selecting the Custom option, or you simply select the Sunset to Sunrise option, which is quite explanatory what it does. Personally I would suggest the latter.

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5. Once you are content, you can select the intensity of the yellow filter by using the slider at the bottom.

6. To check what Night Shift looks like once you have made your choices, simply click on the ‘Turn On Until…’ Option.

Play around with the feature until you get everything just right. Once you are content, simply close the System Preferences window and set sail.

Wrap Up

Given the feature is available on macOS now, we have high hopes that it would eventually become available on Apple Watch as well, or maybe even tvOS. But that’s a debate for some other day. Until then, we have the feature to play around with on iOS and macOS only.

If you haven’t installed macOS 10.12.4, then be sure to check out the following:

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