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How to enable Windows 11 Auto HDR for gaming

You can now enable Auto HDR on Windows 11 to convert compatible games from SDR to HDR, and here's how to complete the task.

HDR settings on Windows 11
  • Auto HDR for games on Windows 11 converts games from SDR to HDR automatically.
  • To enable Windows 11 Auto HDR for games, go to Settings > System > Display > HDR, and turn on Use HDR and “Auto HDR.”
  • You’ll need an HDR monitor to configure the feature.

Windows 11 lets you enable the “Auto HDR for games” feature to improve your gaming experience on your computer. 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.

Once you enable the feature, you can enjoy a more immersive and realistic gaming experience with an increased range of color and luminance in more than 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 PC games. However, Windows 11 only supports Auto HDR in certain hardware, which means that you will need a monitor that supports HDR.

This guide will teach you the steps to turn on or off the new automatic high-dynamic-range feature for compatible games on Windows 11. 

Enable Auto HDR for games on Windows 11

To enable Windows 11 Auto HDR, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Display page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Brightness & color” section, click the HDR setting.

    Windows 11 HDR setting

  5. Turn on the Use HDR toggle switch.

  6. Turn on the “Auto HDR” toggle switch to enable Windows 11 Auto HDR.

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

To check if your PC’s monitor is HDR certified, go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced display, and on this page, you should be able to confirm whether the display is HDR compatible.

Disable Auto HDR for games on Windows 11

To disable “Auto HDR” for gaming PCs, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Display page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Brightness & color” section, click the HDR setting.

    Windows 11 HDR setting

  5. Turn off the Use HDR toggle switch.

  6. (Optional) Turn off the “Auto HDR” toggle switch to disable Auto HDR for gaming.

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