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BetterDisplay free download for Mac


Version 1.2.8

Unlock your displays on your Mac.

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BetterDisplay overview

BetterDisplay (formerly BetterDummy) is a truly wonderful tool! It let's you convert your displays to fully scalable screens, allows brightness control, provides XDR/HDR upscaling (extra brightness beyond 100% on compatible displays), full dimming to black, helps you create and manage virtual displays (dummies) for your Mac, create Picture in Picture windows of your displays and gives you a host of other features to manage your display's settings easily from the menu bar.

  • Convert your internal and natively connected external displays to smoothly-scaled HiDPI displays on Apple Silicon - now even without mirroring a dummy (displays with notch, HDR, HDCP, high refresh rate fully supported)! (Pro)
  • Reach the full brightness potential of your XDR or HDR display! (Pro)
  • Change the display's brightness, volume and colors via software and hardware (DDC) control via sliders and native or custom keyboard shortcuts!
  • Create custom HiDPI resolutions for real displays manually and redefine certain system display parameters!
  • Create any number of dummies (virtual screens) with varying aspect ratios.
  • Use headless Macs (servers) with any resolution and HiDPI mode for remote access.
  • Create Picture in Picture window for any real or dummy displays. (Pro)
  • Redirect your display's contents (real or dummy) to an other screen via streaming. (Pro)
  • If you are using a big TV up close, use the bottom half of your TV as a wide screen display (off-center streaming). (Pro)
  • Scale Sidecar resolutions. (Pro)
  • Portrait SideCar support. (Pro)
  • Better quality zooming (System Preferences»Accessibility»Zoom) or High Quality screenshots even on 1080p displays
  • Easily change the resolution of your real and dummy displays via a slider (or submenu) from the menubar.
  • Quickly accessible refresh rate and screen rotation menu.
  • Simplify creating mirrored sets. (Pro)
  • Easily move around displays relative to each other using the app menu.
  • Quickly designate a display to be main display.
  • Associate dummies with displays for auto connect/disconnect.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for basic operations.
  • Advanced keyboard shortcuts support. (Pro)
  • Custom dummies (resolution, orientation, naming). (Pro)
  • Create a dummy optimized for a real display. (Pro)

What’s new in version 1.2.8

Updated on Jul 27 2022

  • Enable Night Shift on Televisions - ability to configure your TV as a computer monitor in order to allow Night Shift and True Tone to take effect. Useful for TV as monitor setups. - #756
  • Added option to force-enable color adjustments on non-natively connected displays - works with DisplayLink displays using the new v1.7.x+ drivers with color-temperature alteration support enabled. - #750
  • Add True Tone and Dark Mode toggles under Tools/System Colors - #748
  • In-app external display HDR switch toggled can now also disable True Tone during the HDR session - #748
  • Added a notification to Tools/System Colors when Night Shift and/or True Tone was disabled by the in-app HDR switch - #748
  • Ability to flip image horizontally (and vertically) for Picture in Picture and Full Screen Streaming - this is especially useful for teleprompter devices - #757
  • Fixed: 'Manually add custom resolutions' does not work properly (only one resolution can be added instead of multiple entries) - #771
  • Fixed: Restore colortable manipulation based software brightness/dimming levels and external display HDR brightness upscaling levels after resolution switch, app restart or sleep. - #802
  • Fixed: Volume OSD not showing on the mirror source screen when the volume controlled display is a mirror target - #732
  • Fixed: Custom system configuration for displays with 0 as vendor or model ID not stored properly - #740
  • Various other stability improvements.





5.3 MB



App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
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Dec 30 2021
Dec 30 2021
Version: 1.0.13
Thank you so much for creating this app. I apologize for saying this while using it for free, but there is a little mouse delay because mirroring is used when using it. It would be very good if you could technically supplement this part and switch it to a paid one.
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