How to turn off the Magsafe light?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by that user, May 8, 2013.

  1. that user macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2011
    This might sound so ridiculous to most but I'd like to turn off the green/amber light that goes on when Magsafe if plugged into the computer.

  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  3. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Why? The previous poster is probably right. Just cover it up.
  4. Shrink, May 8, 2013
    Last edited: May 8, 2013

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    OK, my curiosity is beyond piqued...why do you want to turn off (cover up) the magsafe light!?:confused:
  5. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Permanent Marker ;)

    or get one of those tiny little magnets and place it on there
  6. toypadlock macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    piqued, not peaked.
  7. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Incredibly embarrassed!!:eek::eek:

    It didn't look right, but I left it anyway.

    (***slinks off to flagellate self with a dictionary***)

    (***also edits post***)
  8. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The light serves a function (telling you your Mac is charging) and isn't so powerful that it's distracting so I'm really wondering why you'd want to do this.

    Anyway, the signal that triggers the light is 100% hardware so you won't find some kind of Mac app that turns the light off if that's what you're looking for.

    Your best solution would be to break with a needle or anything sharp (make sure it's disconnected beforehand) or putting a tape over it.
  9. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Sell the MB an get a win8 laptop. Then you will not have to endure well thought out design.
  10. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    I put a little piece of black electrical tape over that light and the camera. Heh.

    I don't know... I never used to do the camera but I saw my friend has it on his Windows laptop and told me it's possible to hack into the camera.
  11. MUBiomed macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    Make sure to put your tin foil hat on too...
  12. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Trust me I'm far from a tin foil hat wearer, at the time I did it as a joke with my friend because I called him the same thing for doing it, kinda mocking him hah, ended up leaving it on.

    Oh well...

    I should add laptop cameras can be hacked, it's happened before.
  13. tengtengvn macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2013
    color coding dot sticker $2-$5 at office supply stores.
  14. CaptHenryMorgan macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2013
    The District
    It is
  15. HaiRy macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    Try some blu-tack (Not sure if there's an American equivalent or if it's the same) over it, I've got a small amount applied on top to cover the light.

    I have my MacBook in my bedroom so it's surprisingly bright when everything is turned off at night.
  16. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    I disagree. Sometimes people leave something charging in a room that is otherwise completely dark and it does get annoying. I have charged my Macbook in my bedroom during sleep and I block it so it doesn't glow in the room. I do the same with charging cell phones because Android phones that I have all seem to have a charging indicator that lights up with an overly large LED. I flip them over on their faces while charging in the dark because I don't know how to disable the LED.
  17. CaptHenryMorgan macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2013
    The District
    Gaffers tape.
  18. that user thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Thanks everyone.

    For those dying of curiosity, I have my Macbook Pro on a glass shelf close to my bed at eye level while I'm sleeping. Especially once the light turns green it's very bright. I like to sleep in pitch black and not see a weird green glow while I'm tossing and turning.

    I might use some Wite-Out to dim it at this point instead of something with a distracting color.

    I was hoping for someone to give a solution to actually turn it off like "Go to Terminal and put in this amazing code and voila!" or tweak something in the System Preferences. Oh well...
  19. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    No, since it's in the physical hardware of the cord: electricity enters, light turns on.
  20. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    A little piece of electrical tape should do the trick.
  21. TC400 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    I would use a piece of electrical tape why put white out or marker on it that's dumb.
  22. zacharyz macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2016
    this light drives me crazy. effects my sleep. i've tried covering it with black construction paper, i've even made little paper walls to direct the light away. it's a powerful little light, at night the light escapes around the paper and shoots bits of green light everywhere and near my face when i sleep. i could unplug my computer every day, or move it to some other room, but this seems tedious and unneeded. I have an injury that makes it hard for me to move all the time. accounting for this light puts an extra thorn in my day as i am relaxing to go to sleep. I'm ready to go to war to find a solution for this silly type of thing. I've considered melting it off with a soldering iron. Or maybe there is some mac terminal code that will turn it off, but i'm not sure about that one. i read somewhere that the middle pin on the 5 pin mega safe adaptor can be covered, and this blocks the information the cord is receiving but still keeps the mac charged, it -could- turn off the light, but it's possible it would effect how the mac charges even if it still works.. possibly. this type of thing isn't a problem as much when your healthy, so it can be laughed off, but when your health takes a hit, these silly design issues become a problem, a light in your eyes at night means loosing precious sleep when sleep is already a challenge. More things to turn on and off open and close and move around each day adds to the stress of the day and also means losing sleep. this is so silly.
  23. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - Either don't leave your Mac plugged in overnight, or put a piece of black electrical tape over it.

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