6 Simple Ways to Fix Windows 11’s Screen Dimming Issues

In many cases, you can fix it using the Settings app

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  • Windows 11’s screen dimming issue can occur because of certain features that automatically adjust brightness levels.
  • You might need to disable certain power-saving features to solve screen dimming.
  • Disabling startup items and services is another potential fix you may apply.

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Screen dimming is an issue that can arise on Windows 11 PCs. When screen dimming occurs, a monitor’s brightness level drops by varying degrees without any user input.

Screen dimming more commonly arises when users are playing games. Many have posted on forums about screen dimming automatically lowering brightness for Windows games. The screen dimming can make a lot of games too dark.

If screen dimming spoils your gaming as well, there are a few ways you might be able to fix it. Give the potential resolutions below a try.

What causes Windows 11’s screen dimming issue?

Screen dimming can arise because of certain Windows 11, or built-in monitor features that automatically lower brightness levels. The issue may also pertain to graphics drivers. These are some of the more common causes of screen dimming:

  • Night Light and Game Mode: Night Light and Game Mode are two other features in Windows 11 that can feasibly cause screen dimming when you’re playing games in full-screen mode
  • Monitors’ auto-dimming features: Some monitors have auto-dimming features that reduce brightness levels for Windows games
  • Graphics cards’ drivers: Your graphics card’s driver might be faulty or outdated
  • Adaptive brightness: Some laptops have adaptive brightness features that automatically lower the brightness level to extend battery life

However, you can always prevent your laptop screen from dimming.

Our solutions will come in handy if Windows 11 screen brightness keeps changing, Windows 11 adaptive brightness is missing, or your screen dims after 30 seconds.

How can I fix screen dimming in Windows 11?

1. Disable Night Light

  1. Click Start on the taskbar to bring up that menu, then select the pinned Settings app on the Start menu.
    Windows 11 screen dimming
  2. Click Display on the System tab.
    Display option windows 11 screen dimming
  3. Then turn off the Night light setting by clicking its toggle button.
    The Night light setting windows 11 screen dimming

2. Turn off your monitor’s auto-dimming feature

Your monitor might have an auto-dimming feature that’s dimming the brightness. The best way to determine if that’s the case is to look through the manual for your PC’s VDU (visual display unit).

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That manual will tell you about the monitor’s auto-dimming feature and how to disable it.

3. Turn off Windows Game Mode

  1. Press the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut for opening Settings.
  2. Select the Gaming tab in Settings.
  3. Next, click Game Mode on that tab.
    Gaming subcategories windows 11 screen dimming
  4. Click the toggle button to turn off Game Mode if it’s enabled.
    The Game Mode option windows 11 screen dimming

4. Update your graphics card’s driver

  1. Right-click the Start button, then select Device Manager on the open menu.
    Device Manager option windows 11 screen dimming
  2. Next, double-click the Display adapters category in Device Manager.
    Windows 11 screen dimming
  3. Right-click the graphics card listed there and select the Update driver option for it.
    Update driver option windows 11 screen dimming
  4. Thereafter, click the Search automatically for drivers button. The Update Driver utility might then detect and install a new driver.
    Search automatically for drivers option windows 11 screen dimming

However, third-party driver updater software will more likely detect if there are new drivers available for your PC’s graphics card and will be effective in fixing Windows 11 screen dimming issues.

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5. Reinstall your graphics card driver

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This resolution is recommended if your PC’s graphics card already has the latest driver.
  1. Right-click the Start button, then select Device Manager on the open menu.
    Device Manager option windows 11 screen dimming
  2. Double-click the Display adapters category in Device Manager.
    Windows 11 screen dimming
  3. Right-click the graphics adapter and select Uninstall device.
    Uninstall device option windows 11 screen dimming
  4. Select the Delete driver for this device checkbox on the Uninstall Device window.
    Uninstall Device window windows 11 screen dimming
  5. Then select the Uninstall option to confirm.

6. Clean-boot Windows 11

  1. To launch Run, press the Windows key + R hotkey, then input this text in the Open box and press Enter or click OK: msconfig
  2. First, click Selective Startup on the General tab, then uncheck the Load startup items checkbox to disable that setting.
  3. Select the checkboxes for Load system services and Use original boot configuration if they’re not selected.
  4. Next, click Hide all Microsoft services on the Services tab to select the setting.
    The Hide all Microsoft services option windows 11 screen dimming
  5. Select the Disable all button.
  6. Click Apply to save the new boot settings, then press the OK button to exit MSConfig, and select Restart on the dialog box.

If this resolution fixes the screen dimming, a background process, service, or app was likely causing it. You’ll need to identify the background process, app, or service to resolve the issue if you want to restore your PC’s original boot configuration.

You can restore the original boot configuration by selecting the Load startup items option in MSConfig you previously disabled. Click the Enable all button in MSConfig to restore third-party services.

The resolutions above should be enough to fix screen dimming in Windows 11 for many users. Those potential fixes are especially recommended for screen dimming that arises when playing games.

If those aren’t enough to solve Windows 11’s screen dimming, there could be a hardware issue with your PC’s monitor. In this case, you might need to return and change the VDU (or the whole PC if it’s a laptop) to its manufacturer for repairs.

If you have other ways of solving the screen issue, do not hesitate to inform us in the comment section below.

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