How to calibrate HDR display on Windows 11

If you have a laptop or desktop computer with an HDR monitor, you should use this calibration tool for the best video quality experience on Windows 11.

Windows 11 HDR calibration
Windows 11 HDR calibration
  • To calibrate an HDR display on Windows 11, open “HDR Calibration” app, click “Get started,” adjust “minimum luminance,” “maximum luminance,” “max full frame luminance test,” “color saturation,” and save the profile.
  • You may also have to enable HDR on the monitor you plan to calibrate before you can use the calibration app.

On Windows 11, you can calibrate an HDR display with the “Windows HDR Calibration” tool from Microsoft, and in this guide, you will learn how.

If you have a computer setup with a display that includes support for HDR (High Dynamic Range), you should calibrate the screen to allow it to render the best video quality possible when streaming HDR videos or playing games. Although there are many calibration tools you can choose from, Microsoft provides the “Windows HDR Calibration” tool at no cost that can help you balance the details in the bright parts of a scene and the details in the dark parts.

This guide will teach you the steps to calibrate an HDR monitor on Windows 11.

Calibrate HDR monitor on Windows 11

You can install the tool from Command Prompt (admin) using the winget install --id 9N7F2SM5D1LR through the Windows Package Manager tool or the Microsoft Store.

To calibrate an HDR display on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open HDR Calibration on Windows 11.

    Quick note: You must enable HDR for the calibration process. You can do this from Settings > Display and turn on the “Use HDR” toggle switch.
  2. Click the Get started button.

    Windows 11 HDR calibration

  3. Use the slider to adjust the “minimum luminance” until the window isn’t visible.

    minimum luminance

  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Use the slider to adjust the “maximum luminance” until the window isn’t visible.

    maximum luminance

  6. Click the Next button.

  7. Use the slider to adjust the “max full frame luminance test” until the window isn’t visible.

    max full frame luminance test

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Use the slider to adjust the “color saturation” until you notice the colors are right for you.

    color saturation

  10. Click the Next button.

  11. Confirm a name for the profile.

    HDR calibration profile

  12. Click the Finish button.

  13. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the system will create an HDR calibration profile and associate that profile with your display. Then, the system will automatically load the profile when you turn on HDR on that specific monitor.

If you have a multi-monitor setup, you will need to run the calibration tool on each display.

Also, starting with version 23H2, you can use HDR (JXR) images as background wallpapers on Windows 11.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].