How to set HDR (JXR) wallpapers on Windows 11

You can now set HDR images as desktop backgrounds, and here's how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 HDR backgrounds
Windows 11 HDR backgrounds

UPDATED 9/30/2023: On Windows 11, you can now change the wallpaper using HDR (.jxr) images, and in this guide, you will learn how. Starting on build 23516 (and higher), the operating system includes support for HDR backgrounds, which means that devices with HDR monitors can now display HDR desktop backgrounds.

The ability to set a “.jxr” file as a desktop wallpaper is virtually the same process as applying a standard JPEG. However, once you apply the wallpaper, you have to turn on the “HDR” feature on the device to notice the difference. If you have a multiple monitor setup with a mix of displays, the system will automatically show the image on HDR and SDR, depending on the capabilities.

JXR files contain images saved using the JPEG XR image format, and they contain higher quality than traditional JPEG images. Some of the improvements include more accurate colors, higher compression ratios, lossless and lossy compression, and an alpha channel used to provide transparency.

This guide will teach you the ways to show different desktop wallpapers throughout the day on Windows 11.

Change desktop wallpaper using HDR image on Windows 11

To change the desktop wallpaper with an HDR image on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Background page.

  4. Under the “Personalize your background” section, select the Picture option.

    Windows 11 HDR wallpaper

  5. Click the Browse photos button.

  6. Select the “.jxr” (HDR) wallpaper image.

  7. Click the Choose pictures button.

  8. Click on System.

  9. Click the Display tab.

  10. Under the “Brightness & color” section, turn on the “Use HDR” toggle switch.

    Windows 11 enable HDR

Once you complete the steps, the HDR image should now appear as the desktop background on Windows 11.

It’s unclear when the feature will roll out to everyone, but it’s expected to be part of version 23H2 arriving during the fourth quarter of 2023. If you want to try this feature now, you need a device that’s enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. 

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