It might seem inappropriate to keep your MacBook keyboard keys illuminated all time, especially when you are running low on power or there’s sufficient natural light available. By default, the keyboard backlight in MacBook is set to On but you can turn it off anytime. There are multiple ways to do it. Here’s how you can turn off backlighting on Mac keyboard.
How to turn off backlighting on Mac keyboard
Backlighting, also known as shooting against the light is a natural or artificial lighting setup, where the main light source is behind your object. So, in the case of a backlit keyboard, the light source is underneath the keys. It illuminates the letters and symbols on the keys making them visible in low-light environments. You can control its intensity, or turn it off. There are 3 different ways to turn off backlighting on Mac keyboard.
- Use the Brightness keys.
- Turn off backlighting via Control Center.
- Use Touchbar on MacBook Pro.
Here’s what you can do when the Backlit function is not working. Most backlights emit white light but there are backlights that emit other colors, too. Often, these backlights are found in gaming laptops.
1] Use the Brightness keys
Depending on your Mac model, find and press the decrease brightness key to reduce the brightness or keep pressing the decrease brightness key to turn off the backlighting.
2] Turn off backlighting via Control Center
Access the Control Center from the menu bar in the upper-right corner of your MacBook screen.
Select the Keyboard Brightness key.
Now, to control the brightness of backlit keys or turn it off completely, simply move the slider to the Off position.
3] Use Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
Touch Bar on MacBook pro is a narrow touch-sensitive display alongside the top of the keyboard that supports familiar gestures — like a tap, swipe, or slide to adjust settings and perform tasks.
By default, it displays the Control Strip, which you can use to adjust settings like brightness, and volume levels, and use Siri (See how to remove Siri from MacBook Touch Bar).
To turn off backlighting, expand the Control Strip by tapping the Expand button (visible as a side-arrow) then simply hold and tap the decrease brightness button.
Alternatively, you can choose to turn backlighting off after a period of inactivity. To do so, click Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard.
Then, choose a time from the pop-up menu and check the box next to Turn keyboard backlight off after [time period] of inactivity option.
Hope that makes sense!