My Touch Bar recently stopped working and at this point I have stopped trying to fix it.. I have tried reseting SMC/NVRAM. I just wanted to know if there is a way to turn on the keyboard lights even without Touch Bar working.


I don't think there's a way to manually adjust the keyboard backlight without the Touch Bar working, but you can set it to automatically turn on in low light:


Adjust the brightness automatically

To set your keyboard brightness to adjust automatically:

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences, then click Keyboard.
  2. Select the "Adjust keyboard brightness in low light" checkbox.

I think you can do it now via Control Center on Big Sur (macos 11)

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If there is no keyboard brightness option you can customize the Control Center in the Dock & Menu Bar pane of System Preferences.

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