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How to Calibrate Display for HDR Content in Windows 11

HDR is essential to display a higher dynamic range in videos and even games on your PC. A higher dynamic range means you get to see more layers and areas in a dark area as well as a bright area. For example, a video of the sky without HDR may look plain and with HDR you could see the clouds and other details. Windows 11 HDR support gives you the option to calibrate the monitor for such HDR content.

HDR was supported on Windows 10 as well, but users complained about washed-out colors and other issues. Windows 11 HDR, however, seems to have fixed those issues. Windows 11 still retains the option to calibrate display for HDR content. Here’s how to do it.

Calibrate Display for HDR Content in Windows 11

To calibrate your PC monitor for HDR content in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Settings app by pressing Windows + I on the keyboard. Windows 11 Settings app
  2. With System selected on the left column, click on Display on the right. Display settings on Windows 11
  3. Under the Display settings, select HDR.
  4. On the next page, make sure either Play streaming HDR video or Use HDR are toggled on. Enable Auto HDR on Windows 11
  5. Click on Display Calibration for HDR video. Display calibration settings page
  6. Then click on the full screen button inside the video to make it full screen. Calibrate display for HDR content on Windows 11
  7. Use the slider at the bottom to calibrate display for HDR content.

Whether you see Play streaming HDR video or Use HDR or both depends on your display. Windows only show toggles for these features if your display supports them. If your display does not support HDR, you won’t see either.

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HDR is available on a wide variety of monitors and displays, including laptops. HDR-capable screens can produce a wider color range and have brighter elements to create a more vivid image. If your display is HDR compliant, it does not mean that you will see improvements on every video or game. The content must also be HDR compliant.

The calibration will also only work for content that makes use of the HDR technology. Most streaming services support HDR content these days. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right content. Many games also support HDR these days and Windows 11 has an enhanced HDR mode for games.

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