Your Surface adjusts the screen brightness and contrast based on the content displayed. For example, if you open something that's mostly black, then you switch to something that's mostly white, the brightness and contrast may adapt. This is normal. This Content adaptive brightness and contrast feature provides optimal brightness and contrast levels, while saving power and providing longer battery life. You can adjust this option if you want it to behave differently—but if you do, your device won't run as long on battery power.

To temporarily disable this feature, just connect your Surface to the power supply.

Your Surface can also adjust the screen brightness automatically based on the ambient light of the room you’re using it in. For more info, see Change screen brightness in Windows.

To turn off adaptive brightness and contrast on Surface devices on Windows 11

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Display.

  2. In Display settings, select Brightness, then clear the Help improve battery by optimizing the content shown and brightness check box.

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Your Surface adjusts the screen brightness and contrast based on the content displayed. For example, if you open something that's mostly black, then you switch to something that's mostly white, the brightness and contrast may adapt. This is normal. This Content adaptive brightness and contrast feature provides optimal brightness and contrast levels, while saving power and providing longer battery life. You can adjust this option if you want it to behave differently—but if you do, your device won't run as long on battery power.

To temporarily disable this feature, just connect your Surface to the power supply.

Your Surface can also adjust the screen brightness automatically based on the ambient light of the room you’re using it in. For more info, see Change screen brightness in Windows.

Adjust this feature and retain the settings

If you have a Surface Go model, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Laptop 3 with Intel processor, Surface Laptop 4 with Intel processor, Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro 7+, or Surface Book 3:

  1. Open the Intel Graphics Command Center app, available from Microsoft Store.

  2. Select System from the left menu, then select Power from the top menu.

  3. First try sliding the Power Efficiency setting to the left to improve the graphics quality, while still saving some battery life.

  4. If you're still seeing screen brightness changes you don't want, move the Display Power Savings setting to Off.

    Note: To maximize battery life, we recommend keeping this feature enabled and setting power efficiency to level 6 for Surface Go, Surface Laptop 3, Surface Laptop Go, and Surface Pro 7—and to level 4 for other devices.

If you have a Surface Laptop 3 15” with AMD processor or Surface Laptop 4 with AMD processor:

  1. Select the battery icon on the Windows taskbar.

  2. Move the slider to the Best performance setting.

    Note: To maximize battery life, use the Recommended setting while on battery power. 

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