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How to enable Windows 10 Auto HDR for gaming

You can now enable Auto HDR on Windows 10 to convert compatible games from SDR to HDR, and here's how to complete the task.

Windows 10 HDR settings

Windows 10 lets you enable the Auto HDR for games feature to improve your gaming experience on your PC. This is the same feature available on Xbox Series X and S consoles, and it has been designed to convert compatible games from standard-dynamic-range (SDR) to high-dynamic-range (HDR) automatically to unlock the brighter and bolder colors available on compatible displays that use this technology for a more immersive and realistic experience.

Starting with build 21337, Windows 10 includes a (preview) setting that you can enable on more than 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 PC games. However, before diving into these instructions, you first need to join the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program and then upgrade the device to build 21337 (or higher) from Windows Update.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to turn on or off the new automatic high-dynamic-range feature for compatible games on Windows 10

Enable Auto HDR for games on Windows 10

To enable the Windows 10 Auto HDR feature, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Display.

  4. Click the Windows HD Color settings option.

    Windows HDR Color settings
    Windows HDR Color settings
  5. Turn on the Use HDR toggle switch.

  6. Turn on the “Auto HDR” toggle switch.

    Enable Auto HDR
    Display capabilities settings (source: Microsoft)

Once you complete the steps, compatible games will automatically be upgraded from SDR to HDR for richer color visuals.

Disable Auto HDR for games on Windows 10

To disable the Auto HDR for PCs, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Display.

  4. Click the Windows HD Color settings option.

    Windows HDR Color settings
    Windows HDR Color settings
  5. Turn off the Auto HDR toggle switch.

    Disable Auto HDR
    Display capabilities settings (source: Microsoft)
  6. (Optional) Turn off the “Use HDR” toggle switch.

After you complete the steps, the automatic high-dynamic-range feature will no longer be available for games.

If you do not see this feature, you do not have a monitor that supports HDR, or you are not running the Windows 10 that supports this feature. The SDR to HDR automatic conversion option is available starting build 21337 in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program.