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How to Turn Off or Manage Auto Brightness on Windows 11

Your Windows PC can adapt to different lighting conditions. If you want to configure or turn off auto brightness on Windows 11, follow these steps.

If you’re working in different environments, you may prefer your screen brightness to adapt by lowering or raising the overall brightness for you. However, this can cause issues, especially if the lighting conditions aren’t right for you. You may need to conserve battery power, for instance.

Windows is clever, but it isn’t perfect—you may need to switch auto brightness off on your PC. If you’re trying to manage or turn off auto brightness on Windows 11, you can do so by following these steps.

Configuring Windows 11 Brightness Settings

Before you begin, there are some things you’ll need to consider first.

Firstly, each Windows 11 device handles auto-brightness differently. Some adjust the brightness based on ambient surroundings, while others have light sensors built-in. Another feature Microsoft introduced is Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC). It adjusts brightness and contrast based on the content being displayed.

The controls you have available in Settings will be different based on your device’s features. Automatic or (adaptive) brightness is only available on Windows 11 systems with a built-in display such as a laptop, tablet, or an all-in-one desktop PC. You won’t see an auto brightness option when you’re using a desktop with an external monitor, for example.

How to Turn Off or Manage Auto Brightness on Windows 11

To manage or turn off auto brightness on Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Press Start or hit the Windows key to bring up the menu, then click Settings. You can also hit the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to launch Settings directly.

Start Settings Windows 11

  1. Once Settings opens, click System from the left panel, then Display on the right.

settings display Windows 11

  1. Next, click Brightness under the Brightness and color section and uncheck Change brightness automatically when lighting changes.
  2. Uncheck the Help improve battery by optimizing the content shown and brightness option immediately underneath.

Turn Off or Manage Auto Brightness on Windows 11

  1. From here, you can also adjust the Brightness slider to adjust the display’s brightness manually.

adjust brightness slider

How to Manage Display Brightness from Quick Access on Windows 11

You can also use the Quick Settings menu if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to adjust your display’s brightness. To open and manage brightness on Windows 11, do the following:

  1. The Quick Settings menu is hidden—click the button where Wi-Fi, Speaker, and Battery icons are located on the taskbar at the right to view it. You can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + A to launch Quick Settings.
  2. In the Quick Settings menu, drag the brightness slider to increase or decrease the brightness of the built-in display.

Adjust Brightness Quick Access

  1. After adjusting the brightness to where you want it, exit the Quick Settings menu by clicking an empty area on the desktop.

How to Manage Auto Brightness in Battery Saver Mode on Windows 11

Windows 11 will reduce your display’s brightness while in Battery Saver mode. That makes sense because blasting your display’s brightness eats up a lot of battery juice. You can, however, change settings to prevent Windows 11 from changing the brightness. Use the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button and open Settings. Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open Settings directly.
  2. Once you’re in Settings, head to System > Power & battery.

Power and Battery Settings Windows 11

  1. Expand the Battery section on the right and select the Lower screen brightness when using battery saver slider toggle, switching it to the Off position.

Battery Saver option

With this setting disabled, your screen’s brightness will remain at the level you set it to the next time the battery saver mode kicks in.

Controlling Windows 11 Display Settings

Having your display adjust automatically to different lighting conditions can be a nice feature—if it works right. When it works, it can help save battery life and allow you to view the screen optimally. However, there will be times when it doesn’t work to your liking. Microsoft makes it easy to turn off or manage auto brightness in Windows 11 by following the steps above.

There are other ways you can change your display settings in Windows 11, however. For example, if you’re worried about eye strain, you can start using dark mode on Windows 11. For a more personalized desktop experience, you can change the Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar colors to suit your needs.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. K. Shavo

    February 11, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    my HP laptop does not have the “change brightness automatically when brightness changes” option. The slider keeps appearing and is very distracting.
    Any suggestions

  2. Joe

    March 5, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I have Win 11 home. There is no brightness slider any where in the places you and others suggest. I wish it was that easy. Do I need Win11 Pro to get a brightness slider?

  3. Kai A. Stensson

    March 16, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Brightness,contrast and gamma going crazy has been a problem with Windows since Windows 7
    They don’t care. And they only give advice like this.

    only advice I can give is to uninstall the monitor driver, and/or the graphics card driver. and remove any color profiles you’ve made, and reinstall gfx drivers. and hope for the best.

    if all else fails.. reinstall Windows, I’ve had to many times.. I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of setting in registry that’s been corrupted or permissions become wrong.

    But MS have no interest in fixing this.
    So.. fastest way to fix it. reinstall windows.

  4. Abe Stout

    May 12, 2022 at 4:45 am

    Ahh man, this is the feeling I am getting. After updating from any build, or version, options mentioned in this article or nowhere to be found, or greyed out.

  5. Joe

    May 12, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Maybe in Win 11 Pro but not in Win11 Home versions. Maybe in Laptop versions but not in Desktop versions. I’ve read every “How to adjust the brightness in Windows 11”. There’s no slider. Period. End of story. The author’s are only presenting clickbait.
    If you have a Dell monitor you might have five buttons under the right hand bottom edge of the monitor. You should be familiar with the one that turns on or off the monitor. To the side of that one are the other buttons. None of them are actually visible but you can feel them. The one that resembles a next message icon needs to be pushed to bring up brightness and contrast sliders. Go for it. Perhaps all desktop monitors have these controls. Good Luck.

  6. Kraygh

    August 4, 2023 at 8:51 am

    PLEASE READ IF STILL STUCK.
    If you don’t see these settings options, or if they fail to correct the annoying tint shifting problem: check your PHYSICAL monitor’s settings. Many monitors come with their own auto-corrections that are on by default in the built-in menu window. Check the monitor’s manual if unsure about navigating your specific model’s display settings

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