HDR, or High Dynamic Range, delivers a dramatic upgrade in brightness, color and contrast compared to SDR or Standard Dynamic Range. HDR content looks more brilliant and detailed than SDR. You’ll notice an undeniable difference when watching a movie, TV show, or gaming mastered for HDR.
Windows 10 offers HDR support, but you’ll need to enable it in Windows settings to get the most out of an HDR-compatible display. Here’s how to enable it.
How to enable HDR in Windows 10
Windows 10 supports HDR by default and has for several years now. Microsoft plans to release an Auto HDR update that, when available, will automatically detect an HDR display and adjust Windows accordingly. For now, though, you̵
- Open the Windows 10 Start menu.
- Select Settings, which is represented by a gear icon.
- The Settings window opens. Select System.
- You will now see Display Settings. Scroll down until you see the Windows HD Color section.
- turn the Using HDR Switch to On.
the . to turn Using HDR Switch Turning On will force your monitor to turn off and on again, or flicker, as it changes to its own HDR mode. This should only take a few seconds.
Why can’t I see the Windows HDR switch?
Windows HDR won’t turn on automatically, but it is doing automatically detect whether the screen you are using supports HDR.
The HDR switch will not appear if Windows does not detect an HDR-compatible display. Please refer to the monitor’s specifications to see if HDR is supported. You need specific hardware to use HDR. This includes an HDR compatible display. Most HDR displays aggressively market this fact, so check the monitor manufacturer’s website for compatibility.
Your graphics solution should also support HDR. Nvidia has added HDR with the GeForce GTX 900 series. AMD embraced HDR with the Radeon R9 300 series. And Intel threw HDR in with the Intel UHD Integrated Graphics found on seventh-generation Intel Core processors. All later released GPUs also support HDR monitors.
If your hardware is compatible but you don’t see the HDR switch, try these solutions.
- If you are using a laptop, connect the laptop to the power supply.
- Turn the monitor off and on again.
- Disconnect the video cable from the monitor and then reconnect it to your PC.
- Swap the HDMI or DisplayPort cable. If you are using an adapter to switch from one to another, try using a different adapter or find a way to connect without an adapter.
- Make sure Windows 10 and your PC’s video drivers are up to date. Install any updates that are available.
- Manually switch your monitor to HDR mode using the on-screen menu. The details on how to do this vary from monitor to monitor, so please refer to the monitor manual for more information.
Still can’t see the Use HDR option? Check out Microsoft’s HDR troubleshooting guide. It contains more than a dozen possible problems and their solutions.