You have to manually turn on HDR before Windows 10 can use it. Here’s how to do it.
HDR or High Dynamic DecemberIt provides a dramatic upgrade in brightness, color and contrast compared to SDR or Standard Dynamic Range. HDR content looks brighter and more detailed than SDR. You’ll notice a noticeable difference when watching a movie, TV show, or game made specifically for HDR.
Windows 10 offers HDR support, but to get the most out of an HDR-compatible display, you need to enable it in Windows settings. Here’s how to open it.
How to enable HDR in Windows 10?
Windows 10 supports HDR by default and has for several years. Microsoftplans to release an Auto HDR update that will automatically detect an HDR display when available and adjust Windows accordingly. But for now, you have to open it manually.
Open the Windows 10 Start Menu.
Select Settings, represented by a gear icon.
The settings window will open. Choose System.
You will now see the Display settings. Scroll down until you see the Windows HD Color section.
Toggle the Use HDR toggle to On.
Turning the Use HDR toggle to On will force your monitor to turn off and back on or flicker as it switches to its HDR mode. This should only take a few seconds.
Why can’t I see the Windows HDR toggle?
Windows HDR won’t turn on automatically, but will automatically detect if the display you’re using supports HDR.
If Windows cannot detect an HDR compatible display, the HDR toggle will not appear. Check 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 visit the monitor manufacturer’s website for compatibility.
Your graphics solution must also support HDR. Nvidia has added HDR with its GeForce GTX 900 series. AMD has embraced HDR with the Radeon R9 300 series. and Intelintroduced HDR with Intel UHD Integrated Graphics found in seventh-generation Intel Core processors. All GPUs released later also support HDR monitors.
If your hardware is compatible but you don’t see the HDR toggle, try these solutions.
If you are using a laptop, connect the laptop to power.
Turn the monitor off and on again.
Disconnect, then reconnect the monitor’s video cable to your PC.
Replace the HDMI or DisplayPort cable. If you’re using an adapter to switch from one to the other, try using a different adapter or find a way to connect without the adapter.
Check if Windows 10 and your computer’s video drivers are up to date. Install all available updates.
Manually switch your monitor to HDR mode using the on-screen menu. Details on how to do this vary from monitor to monitor, so refer to the monitor’s manual for details.
Still don’t see the Use HDR toggle? Take a look at Microsoft’s HDR troubleshooting guide. It lists more than a dozen potential issues and their workarounds.