How to Turn Off Auto Brightness on Windows 10

Disable adaptive brightness on your computer

What to Know

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings > select Display and turn Enable adaptive brightness to Off.
  • Create a Power Plan if there's no way to disable auto brightness.
  • From Power Options, go to Create a power plan > select an option > click Next > configure plan > click Create

This article explains how to turn off the auto brightness (also known as adaptive brightness) feature on a Windows 10 computer. Additional information includes how to create a Power Plan if your Windows 10 computer doesn't have a way to disable auto-brightness.

How to Turn off Auto Brightness

Turning off the auto brightness feature is a fairly easy process that doesn't require deep computer knowledge and can easily be replicated if you need to change the settings in the future.

  1. Click the Start menu and type Control Panel to open up the Control Panel window.

    Control Panel highlighted from Windows 10 search box.
  2. Click the green text Hardware and Sound.

    Hardware and Sound highlighted from the Windows 10 Control Panel.
  3. In the next window, click Power Options.

    Power Options selected from the Hardware and Sound area of the Windows 10 Control Panel.
  4. Here in the Power Options, click Change plan settings to the right of the computer's Power Plan.

    Change plan settings option from Power Options in Windows 10.
  5. Click Change advanced power setting and a small window will appear.

    Change advanced power settings highlighted from Power Options in Windows 10.
  6. In this new small window, scroll all the way down until you see the word Display.

  7. To the left of Display, click on the 'Plus' button to have a drop down menu appear.

    Advanced settings Power Options for the Display in Windows 10.
  8. You will see Enable adaptive brightness in that drop down menu. Click Setting and set it to Off to disable the auto-brightness feature.

How to Create a Power Plan

Not all Windows 10 computers have the option to disable auto-brightness. In that scenario, you can create a new Power Plan and ensure your computer's brightness settings stay consistent.

  1. Go back to Power Options and click Create a power plan on the left-hand side of the window.

    Option to create a power plan from the Windows 10 Control Panel.
  2. From there, you will see three options: Balanced (recommended), Power Saver, and High Performance as well as being able to name your plan. Click whichever suits your needs. Power Saver will be used in this example.

    Power plan options from the Windows 10 Create a Power Plan area of the Control Panel.
  3. Name your custom power plan and click Next.

  4. Configure the plan to suit your needs.

    In this example, the laptop display is set to turn off after 5 minutes and go to sleep after 10 minutes of inaction.

    The Create button highlighted from the custom power plan screen in Windows 10.
  5. Click Create and your new custom plan will be made

  6. Close the window when you’re finished applying the settings.

Why Can't I Turn Off Auto Brightness?

Newer versions of Windows 10 have removed the ability to turn off auto brightness in lieu of giving users manual control over the display. If you prefer to set the brightness over manually controlling it, it's recommended you set up a Power Plan.

  • How can I turn off auto brightness on my Lenovo with Windows 10?

    If you don't see an option to turn this feature off from Power Options or it doesn't seem to work, open the Intel graphics control panel you have on your device. Select Power and move the toggle to the off position next to Adaptive Brightness or uncheck the box next to Display Power-Saving Technology or Maximum Performance power plan.

  • How do I turn off auto brightness on my Sony VAIO with Windows 10?

    If your Sony VAIO has a setting to adjust automatic brightness, turn this feature off from Power Options as described above. Then open the VAIO Control Center > select Display > and uncheck the box beside Adjust Brightness Settings Automatically.

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