How to Keep Keyboard Backlight on for Longer on a Mac

The keyboard backlight on your MacBook makes it much easier to type in the dark, or in low-light environments. It can drain the battery a bit, though, so you may decide that you would like to have that backlight turn off if you haven’t used the computer in a while.

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Fortunately this is a setting that you can enable, and you can specify the period of inactivity after which you would like the keyboard backlight to turn off. Our tutorial below will show you where to find and customize this setting.

MacBook Air – Keep Keyboard Backlight on for Longer

The steps in this article were performed on a MacBook Air in macOS High Sierra. Once you complete the steps in this article your keyboard backlight will remain on for an extended period of time during periods of inactivity. You will be able to set the amount of time that it will wait before the backlight turns off.

Step 1: Open System Preferences.

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Step 2: Select the Keyboard option.

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Step 3: Check the box to the left of Turn keyboard backlight off after, then click the dropdown menu and choose the period of inactivity after which you want your keyboard backlight to turn off.

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