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How to Turn Off Auto Brightness in Windows 11

Auto brightness is helpful at times, but not always. Here is how to completely turn off auto brightness in Windows 11 when not needed.

On Windows 11 laptops, you can adjust the brightness with the slider in the Quick Settings panel. On desktops, you can use the hardware buttons or first-party software. However, some laptops, especially the high-end ones, have a feature that allows Windows 11 to adjust the brightness level automatically depending on the surrounding ambient light. Windows does this using a special light sensor included in the laptop display. If the light level is low, the display dims automatically to reduce eye strain. When in bright light, like outdoors, the display brightness increases automatically to ensure the screen is readable. If you are wondering, yes, this is just like your mobile phone.

Generally, adjusting the brightness automatically is helpful. However, depending on how the manufacturer implemented the feature and how sensitive and accurate the light sensor hardware is, the auto brightness feature can be a pain in the back. For example, maybe the brightness is too low outdoors, too high when indoors, or it keeps adjusting constantly. In addition to that, you might not be able to change the brightness manually when the auto-brightness feature is turned on.

In those cases, it is better to turn off auto brightness in Windows 11. This is especially useful if you don’t change places often or use the laptop with consistent brightness.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to turn off auto brightness in Windows 11.

Turn off auto brightness in Windows 11

As with many things, there are multiple ways to turn off automatic brightness in Windows 11. I will show three easy ways. Follow the one you like.

Important note: If you are connected to an external monitor, disconnect from it. Otherwise, you might not see the appropriate options.

Turn off auto brightness from Settings

The Windows 11 Settings app has the option to turn off auto brightness. You just need to uncheck an option, and you are good to go.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win + I).
  2. Select “System” on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Display” option.
  4. Click and expand the “Brightness” option.
  5. Uncheck the “Help improve battery by optimizing the content is shown and brightness” checkbox.
  6. Uncheck the “Change brightness automatically when light changes” option.
  7. Finally, close the settings app and reboot Windows 11.
  8. With that, you have turned off auto brightness in Windows 11.

Disable auto brightness in Intel Graphics Command Center

If running an Intel CPU, you can use the Intel Graphics Command Center to turn off auto-brightness. Here is where to find the option and change it.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “Intel Graphics Command Center.”
  3. Select “System” on the sidebar.
  4. Go to the “Power” tab.
  5. Select the “On battery” tab under the Power tab.
  6. Select “Maximum performance” from the Power Plans dropdown menu.
  7. Turn off the Display Power Savings option.
  8. Close the application and reboot the computer.
  9. After rebooting, the automatic brightness is turned off.

Disable auto brightness in AMD Radeon Settings

If you are on an AMD CPU, you need to turn off the Vari-Bright feature to disable auto-brightness. If you don’t know, the Vari-Bright feature dims the display as is necessary to save battery.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “AMD Radeon Settings.”
  3. Click on the “Settings” icon on the top-right corner.
  4. Go to the “Display” tab.
  5. Turn off the “Vari-Bright” feature.
  6. Close the application.
  7. Reboot the computer.
  8. After rebooting, the auto-brightness feature is disabled.
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Note: If you are connected to an external display, you have to make sure the laptop lid is open and choose the correct display under the “Display” tab to see and change the Vari-Bright option.

That is all. It is that simple to turn off the auto brightness feature in Windows 11.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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