One Switch makes it quicker to toggle just about any setting on your Mac

One Switch Fireball
One Switch Fireball (Image credit: Fireball)

What you need to know

  • One Switch adds toggles for common tasks.
  • It puts them all behind a single Menu bar item.
  • It costs just $4.99.

Sometimes you see an app and immediately know that it fills a hole in your life. That's what happened when I spied One Switch on Cult of Mac this morning. I downloaded it before I'd finished reading.

One Switch does something so simple that it's a wonder that macOS doesn't already have it built right in. But it doesn't, so here we are.

With One Switch installed you'll gain a new Menu bar item. Click it and you'll see options along with a toggle. Toggle the, err, toggle and the option is enabled or disabled. Seems pretty self-explanatory, right?

What's so interesting is the options themselves. Want to quickly and easily enable Dark Mode without heading into System Preferences? What about keeping your Mac awake? Or entering DND? Or even hiding all of the icons on your desktop for the ultimate screengrab?

Here we have a great example of an app that won't change your life the first time you use it. But if you're someone who does any of these things regularly it'll all add up. The more you use it, the better One Switch will be. And at $4.99 it's a no-brainer.

If you're a Setapp user, you won't even need to pay that!

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • I'm sorry, but this seems like a solution looking for a problem: maybe people with a cluttered desktop would like a switch (personally, I have nothing showing on my desktop and never have), but all the rest? I can do those from my menu bar already.
  • I don't think you can toggle Dark Mode from the menu bar, enable the screensaver, show hidden files, or keep your Mac awake. Plus the idea of this app is to keep adding more toggles, but obviously allow you to hide ones you don't need. Not sure if I have a need for it, but I'll wait until version 2.0 where it's more customizable and has the Switch Store.