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How to disable content adaptive brightness control (CABC) on Windows 10

You can now disable content adaptive brightness control on your display for a better color experience, and in this guide, you will learn steps to complete this task on Windows 10.

Windows 10 content adaptive brightness control settings

On Windows 10, it is now possible to disable “content adaptive brightness control” (CABC) from the Display settings, and in this guide, you will learn how.

Content adaptive brightness control is a feature that improves battery life by adjusting the contrast and brightness of the display based on the content shown in the display. Although it can help with battery performance, the feature can cause distracting brightness changes that also decrease the image quality when you need to show content with color accuracy.

Starting with build 21354 (Dev Channel) and higher releases, Windows 10 includes a new option in the Settings app to disable CABC to make sure the display experience does not change even when the device is not plugged in.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to disable or re-enable the “content adaptive brightness control” feature on Windows 10 (build 21354 or higher).

How to disable CABC on Windows 10

To disable content adaptive brightness control, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Display.

  4. Under the Brightness and color section, clear the “Automatically adjust contrast based on the display content to help improve battery” option.

    Windows 10 disable CABC
    Windows 10 disable CABC

Once you complete the steps, the display brightness will no longer be affected when running Windows 10 on a laptop or tablet.

How to enable CABC on Windows 10

To enable CABC on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Display.

  4. Under the “Brightness and color” section, check the “Automatically adjust contrast based on the display content to help improve battery” option.

    Windows 10 enable CABC
    Windows 10 enable CABC

After you complete the steps, the display will adapt brightness accordingly to improve the battery life of your laptop or tablet.

If the option is not available, then the graphics card does not support this feature, or you do not have the version that includes this feature. Content adaptive brightness is available starting build 21354 and higher releases.

Content adaptive brightness control is not the same as adaptive brightness. Adaptive brightness is a feature that changes brightness automatically based on the room lighting. Content adaptive brightness is the feature that changes contrast and brightness based on the content displayed on the screen.