Windows 10 – How to disable automatic brightness adjustments

For computers with a light sensor, typically laptop computers, Windows 10 has the ability to automatically adjust the screen brightness depending on the ambient light levels.

This feature can be more annoying than helpful, either leaving your screen too dark or frequently adjusting the brightness levels.

Here’s three ways to disable the automatic screen brightness feature.

Method 1: using the systems setting

  1. Open the Windows start menu and click on ‘Settings’ (a cog icon)
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  3. In the settings window, click on ‘System’
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  5. The ‘Display’ menu should be selected on the left, if it is not – click on ‘Display’
  6. Turn the ‘Change brightness automatically when lighting changes’ to ‘Off’
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  8. Click ‘Apply’ to save the changes.

Help – I don’t have the ‘Change brightness automatically when lighting changes‘ option

If you don’t have the ‘Change brightness automatically when lighting changes’ option it’s likely your computer does not have a light sensor and therefore does not have the automatic brightness feature.

If you’re sure your computer does have a light sensor – try checking the manufactures website for the correct driver and/or software package. It is possible that Windows 10 support is not provided.

In this case you will need to use the manual brightness adjustments. On laptops, these are usually done using buttons on or new the keyboard – sometimes in combination with a Fn (function) key. For desktop computers, the monitor will have buttons and a menu on the front or the side of the monitor.

Method two: change the power plan advanced options

  1. Open the Windows start menu and click on ‘Settings’
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  3. In the settings window, click on ‘System’
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  5. Click on ‘Power & sleep’ in the left hand menu, then click on the ‘Additional power settings’ link
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  7. For the power plan you currently have enabled (balanced by default – the enabled plan will be bold), click on ‘Change plan settings’.
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  9. Click on ‘Change advanced power settings’
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  11. Expand ‘Display’ -> ‘Enable adaptive brightness’ and make sure the setting is set to ‘Off’
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  13. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Help – The ‘Adjust my screen brightness automatically’ ON – OFF is greyed out

This issue sounds like a driver support issue – that either the correct software for the video card is not installed, or the software provided by the manufacture does not properly support Windows 10 (which is likely if the computer is 2 or more years old).

In this case, you can try opening the computer Device Manager and changing the driver for the video card to the Microsoft basic driver.