How to Enable or Disable Auto Brightness in macOS 14 Sonoma on Mac

With the auto brightness enabled, macOS automatically adjusts the brightness on your Mac in accordance with the ambient lighting conditions. For example, when you take your Mac in a dark environment, macOS lowers the brightness automatically. And when your Mac is in a light environment, the brightness goes high to ensure you have a more convenient viewing experience. As a result, you don’t have to manually fine-tune the display brightness of your Mac, which saves you precious time.

Sadly, auto brightness doesn’t always work as expected. That’s the reason why it’s better to have the desired control over this feature. On this very note, let’s learn how to enable or disable auto brightness in macOS 14 Sonoma on Mac.

Enable or Disable Auto Brightness in macOS 14 Sonoma

Thanks to the complete redesign, the settings for several notable features including fast user switching, Type to Siri, Hot Corners, Split View, and more have changed in macOS 14 Sonoma. But there is no need to fret over it as we are here to help you keep the confusion at bay. No prizes for guessing! The auto-brightness has also found a new home. While it’s pretty easy to manage, I don’t think many of you would be familiar with the steps.

Step 1. On your Mac running macOS 14 Sonoma, launch the System Settings app. Or, just hit the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen and select System Settings in the drop-down menu.

Open System Settings on Mac

Step 2. Scroll down and select Displays.

Step 3. After that, turn off/on the switch next to Automatically adjust brightness and then quit the System Settings.

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And that’s about it! So, that’s how you can turn on or off the auto brightness feature on your macOS device.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1. How do you turn up the brightness on Mac with the keyboard?

You can use the function keys to fine-tune the screen brightness on your Mac. While the F1 key lets you decrease the brightness, the F2 key allows you to increase the screen brightness on your macOS device.

Q 2. What is the maximum brightness on Mac?

Just like the Pro Display XDR, Apple’s MacBook Pro displays boast a peak brightness of 500 nits for standard (also known as SDR) content. Note that the MacBook Pro’s 1,600 nits of peak full-screen brightness has been limited to HDR content.

Signing off…

Barring some minor hiccups, running macOS 14 has been a smooth sailing experience for me. Though I have found the redesigned System Settings pretty intuitive, the relocation of some features has triggered a bit of confusion. What has been your experience with macOS Sonoma?

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