If you have RGB lighting in your Windows 11 computer, you no longer have to use a third-party app to control the lighting. With the latest update, you can use the Dynamic Lighting option to control RBG in Windows 11. This guide shows you how to enable Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11.
Why use Dynamic Lighting?
Most gaming desktops, laptops, keyboards, and mice have built-in RGB that gives the system a flair and eye candy. Previously, you’d have to use special third-party apps, generally developed by manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Corsair, MSI, Logitech, Razer, etc., to control the RGB lighting. However, these third-party RGB control software are terrible, unnecessarily bloated, and often pretty slow and buggy.
Thankfully, that all changes with the Dynamic Lighting feature added to Windows 11. Once you enable Dynamic Lighting, you can control RGB lighting natively and without using any third-party bloated software.
With this quick and easy guide, you will learn how to turn on and use Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11 devices.
Important note: To have access to this feature, you should be running Windows 11 build 23475 or higher. Follow the link to check your Windows 11 build.
Enable Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11
To turn on Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Open the Windows 11 Settings app.
- Navigate to the “Personalization” tab.
- Click/tap on the “Dynamic Lighting” option.
- Turn on the “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” option.
- Turn on the “Compatible apps in the foreground always control lighting” option.
- Dynamic Lighting is enabled on Windows 11.
Let’s see these steps in detail:
Firstly, as always, launch the Windows 11 Settings app by clicking the Settings icon in the Start menu. You can also press the Win + I shortcut or right-click on the start icon on the taskbar and choose the “Settings” option.
Once the settings app opens, navigate to the Personalization page on the sidebar and click on the “Dynamic Lighting” option.
On this page, you will see a list of all the RGB devices you can control using the Dynamic Lighting feature. As of writing this, Dynamic Lighting supports the Open HID LampArray standard. Any RGB device that supports this standard can be controlled using Dynamic Lighting.
To use Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11, turn on the “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” option.
Next, turn on the “Compatible apps in the foreground always control lighting” option. This option lets you control RGB using third-party apps when an app or game isn’t in use. So, you get the best of both worlds.
Troubleshoot RGB with Dynamic Lighting
Here are a couple of troubleshooting tips when using the Dynamic Lighting feature:
Cannot change the brightness of RGB devices:
Open the Settings app, go to the “Personalization > Dynamic Lighting” page, and click/tap the “Reset for all devices” button next to “Brightness.” This action will reset the brightness value and it should work normally.
Cannot change RGB colors and effects via Dynamic Lighting
Navigate to the Personalization tab in Settings and open the Dynamic Lighting page. Scroll down the page and press the “Reset for all devices” button next to “Effects.” This action will reset all RGB effects so that you can change the RGB color and effects of your devices as needed.
I cannot see my RGB device on the Dynamic Lighting page
If you cannot see your device on the Dynamic Lighting page then it means that your RGB device doesn’t support the open HID LampArray standard. As of now, Dynamic Lighting only supports devices that use or support the HID LampArray standard.
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I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.
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