The M2 MacBook Air was launched at the 2022 WWDC event as a complete overhaul to the M1 MacBook Air’s design, including a full row of function keys. Its design resembles the 2021 MacBook Pro, with the square design and the infamous notch.
Even if Apple provided a tad bigger display (13.6 inches) than the M1 MacBook Air, there are some glaring omissions, like the keyboard brightness button found on the Intel MacBook Air. But seeing that the keyboard is still backlit, you can adjust its brightness or turn it off.
How to adjust keyboard brightness on MacBook Air M2
There are two ways to adjust the keyboard brightness. One is an easy one, while the other is a shortcut that requires some time to set up.
Manually adjusting the keyboard backlighting
You can manually adjust your M2 MacBook Air’s keyboard brightness. Here’s how:
Step 1: Go to System Settings on your Mac and tap on ‘Keyboard’ in the sidebar.
Step 2: On the right, drag the ‘Keyboard brightness’ slider to adjust the brightness. To turn it off completely, drag it to the left.
Control Centre shortcut to adjust the keyboard backlighting
There’s another way to adjust the keyboard brightness on your M2 MacBook Air (or any MacBook running Intel, M1, or M2 chips) and it involves a few steps. Here’s how:
The M2 MacBook Air has a full row of function keys as opposed to the one on the M1 MacBook Air, but it still doesn’t have a dedicated key to adjust the keyboard brightness. There’s a workaround that involves a few steps and the shortcut will be accessible on the Control Center.
Step 1: Locate System Settings and click on Control Center, located on the left side of the top menu bar, and scroll down to the ‘Keyboard Brightness’ section.
Step 2: Tap on the button next to the text ‘Show in Control Centre.’
Step 3: You can also click on the ‘Show in Menu Bar’ if your Mac’s Menu Bar is uncluttered.
Step 4: Select the Control Centre icon on the Menu Bar and at the bottom where its interface ends, you’ll see a new button next to the Accessibility option.
Step 5: Tap on the shortcut to adjust the keyboard’s brightness.
People using a MacBook with macOS Monterey and older should click on the Apple menu and go to System Preferences. Now click on Dock & Menu Bar and click on Keyboard Brightness. Select the option ‘Show in Menu Bar.’
Does the M2 MacBook Air have a backlit keyboard?
The M2 MacBook Air does have a backlit keyboard on the 12 full-height function keys along with an Ambient light sensor and Touch ID.
What is the shortcut to change keyboard brightness on MacBook Air?
Go to System Settings > Control Centre > Keyboard > Keyboard Brightness. Now turn on ‘Show in Menu Bar’ or
‘Show in Control Centre.’ Adjust the brightness by clicking on the Keyboard Brightness icon in the menu bar or Control Centre.
Does the MacBook Air M2 logo light up?
Since 2015, Apple discontinued the MacBook’s backlit Apple. Maybe, the company will bring it back in the future Macs.