Permanently activate macOS Night Shift - Here's how!

The “Night Shift” function integrated in the Apple operating system macOS is a great blue light filter. A proprietary alternative to apps for this effect, appropriate settings in Windows on the PC as well Filter glasses against blue light so. But how can you activate Night Shift permanently and adjust the intensity of the warm light individually? Here you will find answers and instructions so that you do not have to repeatedly activate the option for working on your Mac that is easy on the eyes. 

macOS Night Shift on the Apple Mac raises the color temperature of the display. The filter against harmful blue light can be activated individually and permanently.

macOS Night Shift on the Apple Mac raises the color temperature of the display. The filter against harmful blue light can be activated individually and permanently.

Activate Night Shift individually on the Mac

If you really only want to use the filter for blue light at individual times, you can do this via the messages menu. Simply click on the three dots and lines on the far right in the macOS menu bar. You may then have to scroll down the display (“Today” or “Messages”) to make the slider for “Night Shift” and “Do Not Disturb” visible. With the slider for Night Shift you can now activate the blue light filter with standard settings.

On the Apple Mac you can switch on the blue light filter under macOS directly via the menu bar. Then only the standard settings take effect.

On the Apple Mac you can switch on the blue light filter under macOS directly via the menu bar. Then only the standard settings take effect.

Permanently activate macOS Night Shift

If you do not edit photos or videos and therefore do not necessarily need a true color display on the Mac, iMac or MacBook display, then you can also activate Night Shift permanently. This is done via the system settings of the operating system with the following steps:

  • Click on the -Symbol in the menu bar (top left)
  • Select in the drop-down menu System settings ...
  • Click in the selection Scout
  • Select the in the monitors window Night Shift Tab out
  • Click below schedule to "Own" and sets a schedule

In the example below, I set the schedule from 00:00 AM to 23:59 PM. If you also create such a closed plan, then it is best to choose a time when you are not working on the Mac as “limit”. It is possible that the effect is briefly interrupted at the transition from the end to the start time of the Night Shift schedule. It's not bad, but it doesn't look nice;)

In the system settings in the monitors area you can define a night shift schedule and also set the color temperature warmer or colder.

In the system settings in the monitors area you can define a night shift schedule and also set the color temperature warmer or colder.

Set the color temperature individually on the Mac

Especially if you work on an iMac or MacBook and therefore do not use a monitor that has its own settings for image size, color temperature, sharpness and the like, you have to rely on the Mac system settings. On the screenshot above you can already see that the monitor settings also contain a controller for "colder" and "warmer". This allows you to set the intensity of the proprietary filter for blue light. At the warmest level, the display gets a strong sepia effect, which is okay for reading, writing and similar tasks. It is a hindrance when editing images and even when shopping online, where you don't want to order anything in the wrong color;)

Another guide: Tips against image shadows on retina displays

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