How to Prevent Your Laptop Screen From Dimming

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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4 solutions to stop your PC screen from dimming

  1. Disable Adaptive Brightness
  2. Block display dimming for good from settings
  3. Update your display driver
  4. Disable display power saving on Intel PCs

Automatic screen dimming on your laptop could be annoying sometimes. And in this article we’ll show you how to disable adaptive brightness feature which causes the screen of your laptop to dim. The solution is very simple, and it requires just a couple of tweaks in your power plan.
Prevent Laptop Screen From Automatic Dimming
Many modern laptops powered by Windows feature adaptive light sensors that adjust the brightness of the screen based on the ambient lighting. But unfortunately, this feature doesn’t work like it supposed to work in Windows, and that could cause some problems with your experience.

How do I stop my screen from dimming in Windows 10?

Method 1: Disable Adaptive Brightness

If the problem with brightness changing annoys you constantly, here’s what you should do to fix it:

  1. Go to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Power Options
  2. Click on Change plan settings next to your active power plan
  3. Click on Change advanced power settings
  4. Scroll down to Display, then under Enable adaptive brightness, switch it off for both the battery and plugged in modes

Adaptive light sensors are available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 laptops. The feature is also available in Windows 10-powered laptops. It has been this way since the very first day the operating system was released for manufacturers.

Speaking of new Windows 10 versions, if you installed the latest OS release, keep in mind that the steps to follow may be a bit different.

This is how you disable adaptive brightness on your laptop running the newest Windows 10 version:

  1. Type Control Panel in Search/Cortana
  2. Click on Hardware and Sound tab > Power Options
  3. On the left pane, click on Choose when to turn off the display
  4. Click on Advanced power settings
  5. Click on Display and expand Enable adaptive brightnessadaptive brightness
  6. Set both options to Off and then Apply.

— RELATED: How to fix screen problems in Windows 10

Method 2: Block display dimming for good

Another quick method to prevent your laptop screen from dimming when unplugged is to simply set the ‘Turn off the display‘ option in Power Options to ‘Never’.

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Method 3: Update your display driver

If you somehow still have this problem with dimming screen, check if your display driver is up-to-date. You can go to Device Manager, select your display driver, right-click on it and select ‘Update driver‘.update display driver windows 10

Method 4: Disable display power saving on Intel PCs

Also, if you’re using Intel’s graphics card, turn off “display power saving technology” feature. Many users confirmed this quick solutions worked for them. Give it a try as well, as this may be the answer to your laptop screen dimming issues.

If you have other problems with your computer’s screen, you can check out our article about solving the problem of pixelated screen of the PC or laptop.

That would be all, the display of your laptop shouldn’t dim anymore after you perform these steps.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or maybe some other solutions for this problem, feel free to write to us in the comments section below. We would love to hear your opinion.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015  and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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