HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.
Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.
Playing HDR content while running your laptop on battery can reduce battery life. Therefore, HDR will turn off by default when you're running on battery.
If HDR is turned on when your laptop is plugged in and then you unplug your laptop, HDR will be turned off to help save battery power. If you plug in your laptop again, HDR will be turned on again automatically.
HDR settings in Windows - Microsoft Support
Learn how to control HDR settings in Windows, turn on HDR, and troubleshoot common problems with HDR-capable displays.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off HDR when running on battery for your account in Windows 11.
1 Open Settings (Win+I).
2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3 Click/tap on HDR or Use HDR on the right side. (see screenshot below)
4 Under Battery options, perform one of the following actions for what you want: (see screenshots below)
- Select Optimize for image quality in the drop menu.
- Select Optimize for battery life (default) in the drop menu, and check or uncheck (default) Allow HDR games, videos, and apps on battery.
If you uncheck Allow HDR games, videos, and apps on battery, the Use HDR On/Off toggle will be turned off and grayed out when on battery.
Starting with Windows 11 build 25346 in the Canary Channel, it’s now easier to configure the state of HDR when running on battery.
5 You can now close Settings if you like.
- Optimize Video Playback when on Battery in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off HDR for Display in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off Auto HDR in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off HDR Video Streaming in Windows 11
- Check Display Capabilities for HDR in Windows 11
- Change HDR or SDR Content Brightness for HDR Display in Windows 11
- Calibrate Built-in Display for HDR Video in Windows 11
- Calibrate HDR display using Windows HDR Calibration app in Windows 11