Turn-ON/OFF Auto HDR for Games in Windows 11: Easy Steps

Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Windows 11, allows its users to enable the Auto HDR feature to elevate their gaming experience. The Auto HDR for games feature is designed to convert compatible games from Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) to High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve the lighting and color of the screen, which immerse players in the gigantic world of games.

Almost all game studios are developing their game native to HDR. At the same time, the Auto HDR feature takes DirectX 11 / DirectX1 12 SDR-based games and automatically enhances its color and brightness range to HDR. Unfortunately, Windows 11 only supports the Auto HRD feature on some hardware. However, in this article, we will teach you how to enable Auto HDR for compatible games in Windows 11. Let’s see how;

About HDR feature:

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an innovative feature that automatically increases the brightness and color of the screen and makes the image more attractive and realistic. The HDR gaming feature is similar to HDR video.

The HDR improves your gaming experience in different ways, such as deeper saturation, improving color performance using the Wide Color Gamut feature, multiple diverse contrasts, brighter highlights, etc. However, HDR is an essential part of video gaming nowadays.

You have two methods to enable Auto HDR for the gaming feature: the Settings app and the Xbox Game Bar.

Method 1: Enable the Auto HDR for games through the Settings:

You can follow these below steps to Turn On the Auto HDR feature via the Settings app,

  • Firstly, open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I simultaneously.
  • Then click on the System option from the left pane menu and then select Display from the right side of the screen.
  • Now in the Display window, click on the Use HDR option under the Brightness and Color section.
  • In the newly opened window, Turn On and Off the toggle beside the option, Auto HDR, to enable and disable the same feature.
  • Finally, exit from the Settings window and check for improvement.

Method 2: Enable the Auto HDR for gaming through the Xbox Game Bar:

To Turn ON/OFF the Auto HDR feature in the Xbox Game Bar, you can follow these below steps,

  • Firstly, launch the Xbox Game Bar by pressing Windows + G simultaneously.
  • Then click on the Settings icon on the game bar.
  • Now click on the Gaming features option from the left pane menu.
  • There untick or tick the option beside the Use Auto HDR with supported games to enable and disable the same feature. 
  • Once done, exit from the Settings window and check for improvement.

These are all about the Auto HDR feature in Windows 11 and its enabling and disabling steps. If you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, please leave a comment in the below comment box.