How to enable True Tone on MacBook Pro 2018

With the 2018 MacBook Pro, Apple brings for the first time the True Tone feature to its laptop lineup. Here’s how it works and how you can manually turn it on or off.

How the True Tone technology works

After the iPhone and iPad, it is now MacBook’s turn to benefit from the True Tone display mode.

This technology adjusts the white balance on the Mac screen to match the color temperature of the ambient light, making it convenient for the user to read and type text, especially in a low-light environment.

In other words, the display will look slightly different in direct sunlight, darkness and in overcast conditions, which reduces eye strain considerably.

MacBook Pro

Apple also unveiled some additional details on how this mode works on the 2018 MacBook Pro models.

Firstly, color changes are made automatically thanks to MacBook’s multichannel ambient light sensors, located right next to the FaceTime HD camera.

It analyzes the brightness and color temperature of the surroundings and adjusts the display in real-time. The new sensor is way better than the one used in previous generations of the MacBook Pro, which only managed to adjust brightness levels.

Secondly, this mode is not an alternative to Night Shift. You can use it alongside the Night Shift mode for an even better nighttime experience.


Apart from the stock MacBook screen, True Tone also supports external monitors, namely, –

  • Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • LG UltraFine 4K Display

How to enable/disable True Tone on 2018 MacBook Pro 

Step 1 Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple icon present in the top left corner of your desktop.

Step 2 Go to System Preferences > Displays and then select the Display tab.

Step 3 Select the checkbox present next to True Tone to enable it. To disable it, simply click it once again. Alternatively, you can access this option by pressing the Option+Brightness keys.

MacBook Pro True Tone

Wrapping up

There is no doubt that many True Tone users will really appreciate the new MacBook. Even if you aren’t a fan of this new feature, True Tone is still a nice enhancement to an already great display.

Surprisingly, the True Tone option is available only in the Preferences section. Here’s hoping Apple adds a new toggle for this feature in the Notification Center for instant access.

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