I want to disable the light on the apple behind my screen. Besides covering it physically, is there a program or setting to disable it?

Reason being - to make my MacBook Pro as uninteresting as possible to hyperactive two-year-olds.

  • Duct tape fixes everything :) May 17, 2017 at 10:29

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The glowing Apple on your MacBook Pro is actually illuminated by the backlight of your screen as well. So you can't turn it off as long as you have your screen lighted on. Your best bet is probably to put a sticker on it.

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    or a case (which might be good idea with that hyperactive two-year old anyway)
    – Thilo
    Apr 15, 2012 at 11:22
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    I actually came across this question because the stupid light is showing though my sticker. :< makes me angry.
    – Sponge Bob
    Oct 1, 2012 at 1:30
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    Double (or triple) sticker could help with that :) Apr 18, 2015 at 18:06
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    Or better yet, fix a piece of opaque material that obscures the logo underneath your sticker. I used a small square of metal foil.
    – Kaya
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:06
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    If you are having trouble with the light shining through the sticker, use a piece of Aluminum Foil Tape -- it will block all the light perfectly. It's what I use. Oct 15, 2016 at 23:45

I don't think this is possible. The Apple logo (at least on a MacBook Air and the two previous Apple laptops I owned) is lit by the backlight of your screen. (Try changing your screen brightness, and you'll see the brightness of the Apple logo change as well.) I think covering it would be your only option.


If you can google around a bit, i recall seeing stickers that can be applied to the inside of the MacBooks white plastic apple logo, to give it different appearances. I'm sure you can cover it up with an opaque material like thick paper to keep it from glowing, but to keep it as clean looking as possible on the outside.

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    nice - thinking outside the box there (actually inside the case). I don't think I am going to be ordering anything - was hoping for software solution. However, the perfect solution would be something on the inside of the case, which could be made opaque via a switch, or sliding into place upon command somehow.
    – Billy Moon
    Apr 18, 2012 at 10:45
  • well this would be quite permanent, like a sticker. At least you can stop the light with black construction paper or something, without ruining the ouside
    – Alexander
    Apr 19, 2012 at 0:38

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