How to Turn On or Off HDR on Battery in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable high dynamic range (HDR) video on Windows 11 devices running on battery.

Windows lets you stream high dynamic range (HDR) video when your PC has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have Play streaming HDR video turned on in HDR settings.

Playing HDR content while running your laptop on battery can reduce battery life. Therefore, your PC manufacturer might have turned HDR off by default for when you’re running on battery.

If HDR is turned on when your laptop is plugged in and then you unplug your laptop, HDR will be turned off to help save battery power. If you plug in your laptop again, HDR will be turned on again automatically.

In our previous post, we showed you how turn On or Off Auto HDR in Windows.

Below is how to turn on or off HDR video on devices running battery in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable HDR video on devices running on battery in Windows 11

As mentioned above, playing HDR content while running your laptop on battery can reduce battery life. Therefore, your PC manufacturer might have turned HDR off by default for when you’re running on battery.

Below is how enable or disable HDR video on devices running on battery.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click the Display tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 display tile

On the System > Display settings pane, under Brightness & color, select the HDR or Use HDR tile to expand.

windows 11 use hdr tile

On the System > Display HDR settings pane, choose or select the display to use for HDR video streaming.

Under Display capabilities, select Battery options tile, then select the Allow HDR games, videos, and apps on battery check box or the Allow streaming HDR video on battery check box.

If HDR was already turned on when your laptop is plugged in, HDR will now stay on if you unplug it and run on battery power.

windows 11 hdr battery option allow app

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off HDR video on devices running on battery in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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