How to Turn Off the Keyboard Light On Mac M1

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Apple has made some strides with the M1 chip on its MacBook (recently, on the iPad). There are some noticeable changes that you’ll notice right away, while some are subtle but life-changing. This article isn’t about either change.

The keyboard on the 2020 M1 MacBook Air has dedicated keys for Spotlight, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb. The new function keys essentially replace the Launchpad and Keyboard Brightness controls found on the Intel MacBook lineup.

You cannot manually adjust the keyboard brightness on the M1 MacBook Air using the popular ‘F5 and F6 keys’ method. But, as always, there’s always a way, and I have found one for you. You can turn off (or turn on) the keyboard light Mac M1.

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How to Turn Off the Keyboard Light On Mac M1

Follow the steps listed below to turn off the keyboard light Mac M1 –

Step 1: Go to the Control Center icon in the menu bar located at the top-right on your Mac.

How to Turn Off the Keyboard Light On Mac M1

Step 2: Tap on ‘Keyboard Brightness.’

Step 3: Increase or decrease the keyboard brightness by dragging the slider.

Step 4: You can also automatically turn backlighting off after a period of inactivity. To do this, go to the Apple menu.

Step 5: Locate ‘System Preferences.’

Step 6: Now, tap on Keyboard.

How to Turn Off the Keyboard Light On Mac M1

Step 7: Click on ‘Turn keyboard backlight off after [time period] of inactivity.

How to Turn Off the Keyboard Light On Mac M1

Step 8: Here, you will have to choose a time from the pop-up menu.


How do I turn off the backlight on my Mac keyboard M1?

You can turn off the backlight on your Mac keyboard M1, press the increase brightness key or the decrease brightness key on the keyboard > keep pressing to turn to backlight off > Go to the Control Center > tap on  Keyboard Brightness, then pull the slider.

Does MacBook Pro M1 have a backlit keyboard?

Yes, the MacBook Pro M1’s keyboard does have a backlight. You can adjust the brightness using the Control Center.

Does the Apple Magic keyboard have a backlight?

Unfortunately, no, Apple Magic keyboards aren’t backlit. Since it’s water-resistant and the printings on the keys are just normal white paint, it can’t illuminate.

Why is my keyboard not lighting up Mac?

You will have to enable a setting. Go to Settings > Open System Preferences from the Apple menu > go to the Keyboard panel > Now, uncheck the box next to ‘Automatically illuminate keyboard in low light.’

Is the Apple Magic Keyboard worth it?

It depends on many factors; the main is your budget. However, if you can afford it, it’s a fabulous keyboard. The key travel is excellent, combine it with the smooth trackpad, and you’ve got a great keyboard. With this keyboard, you can make your iPad Pro into a makeshift laptop.


This is how you can turn off the keyboard light on Mac M1. The process is not at all time-confusing, which will only take a few minutes of your time.

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