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How To Turn On And Customize Switch Control On Mac

Turn On and Customize Switch Control
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to turn on and customize switch control on Mac? Switch Control is quite a helpful accessibility feature on Mac. It enables you to connect a device and then collaborate by input text, choosing items, and controlling your Mac.

If you want to use Switch Control for you or someone you share your PC with, this article displays you how to turn on and customize Switch Control on Mac.

Enable Switch Control

Enabling Switch Control is quite easy on your Mac.

Step 1:

Head over to System Preferences using icon your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 2:

Choose Accessibility.

Step 3:

On the left, select Switch Control.

Step 4:

On the right, select General and check the box for Enable Switch Control.

You’ll then view the Home – Switch panel appears on your screen.

Customize Switch Control

However, in the same Accessibility > Switch Control window, just take a moment to customize it. You can also turn off it to customize the settings if it’s quite simpler or easier, and then simply turn on it.


Appearance: By default, the Switch Control panels are dark using a light background, but you can also reverse that.

Hide panel after inactivity: You can also hide the Switch Control panel once you’re inactive for 60 seconds if you want to.

Enable platform switching to control your computer: Also, you can use your Apple devices that are already set up to work using your switches to control your Mac. Just remember the devices are on the same network and using the same Apple ID.


You can also configure some settings for when you’re inputting using the Switch Control feature. Mark or unmark the boxes for displaying the current text in the panel keyboard and automatically inserting and deleting spaces and capitalizing sentences.


Here you can also add or remove switches, assign actions, then set auto-scan choices.

  • If you want to add a switch, tap the plus sign button and wait for your Mac to analyze and connect it.
  • To remove a switch, tap the minus sign button and confirm.
  • If you want to customize a switch’s name and actions, choose it in the list and tap the settings button (gear icon).
  • To modify the timing for auto scanning, simply tap the Timing button. You can also configure timing for holding before performing duration, skipping switch repeats, and holding before repeat duration.


The Navigation tab enables you to set choices for things like what to do while navigating and when the cursor reaches the edge. Also, you can set the Switch Control cursor size, total loops, and the pointer restart position.

Change the panel options

Also, you have Switch Control panel open, you can also make modifications to its size and transparency.

After choosing an item, if you view the gear icon on the top right. Simply tap it and you’ll view choices from left to right to enhance or decrease the size and increase or decrease the transparency.

Just use the home button in any panel to move back to the Home – Switch panel.


Here’s all about “Turn On and Customize Switch Control On Mac”. If you want to set up Switch Control for an adaptive device, it’s quite easy to turn on and customize per your preference.

Is Switch Control something you want to set up for yourself or a loved one? If so and you want to share some tips you learn from using it, let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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