Night Shift Not Working on Mac Monterey/Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave [Low Blue Light, Yellow Screen]

Last Updated on Jul 8, 2021

A new feature in Mac OS X Sierra and later MacOS is the night shift mode that helps users to a good experience in low light or work at night. Explain it full guide in my last tutorial on how to use night shift mode on Mac. I also discuss the compatible device list, prerequisite conditions for enabling or essential Settings for used night shift mode itself. That’s preventing steps on repair Mac while Night Shift not working on MacOS Mojave or later OS.

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The low blue light screen is a good sign of health means you can do continuous work at midnight without tired your eyes and other physical problems.

Troubleshooting: Night shift not working on Mac or Stuck or not Showing Up and not turning on

I am sure about is it not compulsory for all Mac devices to install Mac OS Sierra able to turn on night shift mode because  Mac OS Sierra runs on old generation Mac devices Released after 2009. But only the new iMac, Mac Mini MacBook Pro, MacBook Air models are compatible with a low light mode.

The lowest version Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4 or later is required for use night shift mode. Also check new updates available for you in an app store, that might be necessary to fix your bug related to.

Hint: in case of Night Shift not showing up on your Mac, then you should confirm that your Mac compatible with the Night Shift feature.

To know Your MAC version: Go to the Apple menu > about this Mac. Compare the released year with the below list of compatible Mac

Get Mac info model and Installed MacOS screen
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • Apple LED Cinema Display
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • LG UltraFine 4K Display

Get Here – macOS Mojave Compatibles Macs

Enable location services on your Mac

if your Mac Mac night Shift sunset to sunrise not working then you must sure that the bottom given settings are enabled on your Mac. Night shift mode Detect your location and your system will automatically enable this feature on Sunrise to sunset.

  1. Go to the Apple Logo on Mac Menu.
  2. Next, Click on System Preferences option.
  3. Now, Click on Display option. And the last Tab is Night Shift.
5 Night shift option for MacOS Sierra
  • Apple Logo on Mac Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy Tab.
2 Security & Privacy for MacOS

Check for you have set on manual or auto: If you want it should be automatically activated then disable or uncheck the Menu option, Turn on until sunrise.

3 Enable location service and Time Zone

Activate for the specific time

You should check Schedule set on Custom in a schedule. For this, you should also check AM or PM intervals.

  1. Go to the Apple Logo on Mac Menu.
  2. Next, Click on System Preferences option.
  3. Now, Click on Display option. And the last Tab is Night Shift.
4 Custom settings for night shift mode on Mac

Night Shift mode is enabled and not showing an Effect on the screen

The color temperature we can customize under the display settings,  Night Shift screen Showing the clear difference between your normal screen and night shift enable Screen. So first you should check night shift mode is enabled or not?

5 Night shift option for MacOS Sierra

Whenever it’s enabled, you will get an option for disabling this mode under the notification center. Means it’s enabled. Now check the level of warm screen ratio. Very low level gives no effect on activation. Want a warmer screen, slide the point from left to right.

Turn on/Off Night Shift Mode on Mac

Now, Mac users can manage Night Shift mode from the Control center that’s easy and fast. Click on the control center icon from top Mac menu > Click on Display and Click on the Night Shift option.


That’s it.

Don’t MIss out – Tip to activate Dark Mode on Mac and also you should read to set up the dynamic desktop on Mac.

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1 Comment
  1. Thanks!!!! It was indeed the disabled location service that prevented Night Shift from working!

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