Enable or Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10

Enable or Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10

Adaptive Brightness is nothing new. If you bought a laptop in recent years, then your system most probably has it enabled by default thanks to the ambient light sensor built into them.

Adaptive brightness is a simple feature that adjusts your screen brightness according to the light around you. Remember the smartphone feature that we always take for granted? Yes, it’s exactly that. Adaptive brightness will dim or brighten the display depending on your surroundings so that no matter where you are, your display won’t be too dark or too bright. That being said, in Windows 10 the Adaptive Brightness feature is only available to Pro and Enterprise users.

As useful as it is, most of us like to manually adjust the screen brightness so that we can have a consistent experience. Moreover, it can get quite annoying at times when Windows is constantly adjusting the screen brightness when you are moving between different apps. Unfortunately, there is no way you can tweak and tune the adaptive brightness feature in Windows. However, you can easily enable or disable it.

Enable or Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10

You can easily enable or disable the adaptive brightness feature from the advanced options in your current power plan. To do that search for “Control Panel” in the Start menu and open it.


In the Control Panel, find and click on “Power Options.” Make sure that your Control Panel view is set to Large or Small icons. Alternatively, you can also open the Power Options window by simply right-clicking on the battery icon in the taskbar and then selecting “Power Options.”


Here in the Power Options window, click on the link “Change Plan Settings” next to your current power plan.


This action opens the current power plan settings. Click on the link “Change advanced power settings” appearing at the bottom of the window.


The above action will open the Advanced Power Options window. Scroll down and locate the Display option and expand it to reveal the Adaptive Brightness option. By expanding the option you can quickly enable or disable it for both the battery power or when it’s plugged in.


In case you cannot locate the Adaptive Display settings, chances are that your laptop may not have a built-in ambient light sensor.

If disabling the Adaptive Brightness in the advanced power options didn’t do anything, then you need to disable the Sensor Monitoring service. To do that press “Win + R,” type services.msc and press the Enter button.


In the services window, find and double-click on “Sensor Monitoring service.”


The above action will open the service settings window. Click on the “Stop”  button, select the “Disabled” option from the drop-down menu next to “Startup type” and then click on the “OK” button to save the changes.



If you are looking to somehow make your computer screen easier on your eyes then you are better off using f.lux than depending on the Adaptive Brightness feature.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and comments about the Adaptive Brightness feature in Windows.

Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.

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