Enable or Disable Auto HDR for Games in Windows 10

Here's how to Enable or Disable Auto HDR for Games on Windows 10.  As you may already know, Windows 10 supports HDR videos (HDR). HDR video removes the limitations of SDR video signals and comes with an ability to bring greater brightness and color to the picture by including extra information about the contents.


Microsoft describes HDR as follows.

HDR is a video/imaging technique where the lights and darks in a digitally reproduced scene can be shown with more detail than before. In video games, the increased range of color and luminance of HDR enables a more immersive, realistic experience. You’ll be able to see the details of haunting movement in dark shadows rather than just black. The bright sun will be a more radiant, warm yellow rather than a flat saturated white, but unless the game is displaying on your monitor with that improved dynamic range, you won’t get the benefits of a more immersive experience even if you have an HDR capable monitor.

Windows 10 has got support the Auto HDR feature, which was earlier available on Xbox Series X and S consoles. By enabling it, you will be able to improve your gaming experience. When it is enabled on your HDR capable gaming PC, you will get impressive HDR visuals on supported DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games. The Auto in the title implies how easy it is for you to enable the feature; a simple settings toggle flip will let you turn the feature on and off.

This post will show you how to enable or disable Auto HDR to improve your gaming experience in Windows 10.

To Enable Auto HDR for Games in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Display.
  3. Click on the Windows HD Color settings link on the right.Windows 10 Windows HD Color Settings
  4. Select the HDR capable display in the Choose display list if you have multiple displays connected.
  5. Turn on the Use HDR option.Enable Auto HDR In Windows 10 Step 1
  6. Finally, enable the Auto HDR option.Enable Auto HDR In Windows 10 Step 2

The Auto HDR is now enabled. Now it will automatically improve the video picture when you play a compatible game in Windows 10.

Similar to the above, you can disable the Auto HDR feature if you are not happy with the result.

How to Disable Auto HDR in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Display.
  3. Click on the Windows HD Color settings link on the right.
  4. If you have multiple displays connected, then select the display in the Choose display list you want to disable Auto HDR for.
  5. Now, turn off (disable) the Auto HDR option.Disable Auto HDR In Windows 10

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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