You’ll be able to play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video when your Windows PC has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have Play streaming HDR video turned on in HDR settings.

To find out if a display is optimized for HDR video

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

  2. At the top, choose the display you want to check.

  3. Select HDR or Use HDR.

  4. Under Display capabilities, look for the value next to Play streaming HDR video to see if it says Supported or Not supported.
    Even if it says Supported for Play streaming HDR video, you might need to change some other settings to play streaming HDR video. See the last section below for details.

For more detailed info about what you need to play HDR video in Windows, see Display requirements for HDR video in Windows.

To turn on play streaming HDR video

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

  2. At the top, select the display you want to change.

  3. Select HDR or Use HDR.

  4. On the HDR screen, turn on Play streaming HDR video.

If your built-in display can play streaming HDR video, you can calibrate it to get the most out of it. For more info, see Calibrate your built-in display for HDR content in Windows.

Note: Not all displays are optimized for HDR video. If you have two displays and move the HDR video onto a display that’s not optimized for HDR video, you’ll get the appropriate standard dynamic range (SDR) video stream as soon as new content starts to play (for example, a new TV episode). If you want to get it sooner than that, restart your video app and start playing the video on the display you plan to watch it on.

If you have Play streaming HDR video turned on and you notice you’re still not getting HDR video your built-in display, check to make sure that:

  • You're using a supported app. Playing streaming HDR video is supported only in certain apps. For more info, see Video playback settings in Windows.

  • The streaming video app is playing full screen. You won't get HDR video if the video app isn't open full screen.

  • You have set up your device to play HDR video on battery. Because playing HDR video uses more battery power, you won’t get HDR video by default if you’re on battery. To change this, select the Start button, then enter settings. Select Settings Display > HDR or Use HDR. Select Battery options, then select the Allow streaming HDR video on battery check box or the Allow HDR games, videos, and apps on battery check box.

  • Battery saver is turned off. To find out if battery saver is turned on or off, select the Start  button, then enter settings. Select Settings System > Power & battery. If you want the best HDR video experience even when battery saver is turned on, select Battery saver, then turn off Lower screen brightness when using battery saver. For the best HDR video experience, Windows needs to be able to set your display to the maximum brightness level.

  • You restart the video. After you make the changes above, restart the video you’re trying to watch to get it in HDR.

You’ll be able to play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video when your Windows 10 device has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have Stream HDR video turned on in Windows HD Color settings.

To find out if a display is optimized for HDR video

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Video playback .

  2. Under Stream HDR video, select Windows HD Color settings.

  3. Under Choose display, select the display you want to check.

  4. Under Display capabilities, look for the value next to Stream HDR video to see if it says Yes or No.
    Even if it says Yes for Stream HDR video, you might need to change some other settings to play streaming HDR video. See the last section below for details.

For more detailed info about what you need to play HDR video in Windows, see Display requirements for HDR video in Windows 10.

To turn on HDR video streaming

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Video playback .

  2. Under Stream HDR video, select Windows HD Color settings.

  3. Under Choose display, select the display you want to change.

  4. If it's an external display, turn on Use HDR.

  5. Turn on Stream HDR video.

If your built-in display can play streaming HDR video, you can calibrate it to get the most out of it. For more info, see Calibrate your built-in display for HDR content in Windows 10.

Note: Not all displays are optimized for HDR video. If you have two displays and move the HDR video onto a display that’s not optimized for HDR video, you’ll get the appropriate standard dynamic range (SDR) video stream as soon as new content starts to play (for example, a new TV episode). If you want to get it sooner than that, restart your video app and start playing the video on the display you plan to watch it on.

If you have Stream HDR video turned on and you notice you’re still not getting HDR video on your built-in display, check to make sure that:

  • You're using a supported app. Streaming HDR video is supported only in certain apps. For more info, see Video playback settings in Windows 10.

  • The streaming video app is playing full screen. On many built-in displays, you won't get HDR video if the video app isn't open full screen.

  • You have set up your device to play HDR video on battery. Because playing HDR video uses more battery power, you won’t get HDR video by default if you’re on battery. To change this, select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Video playback  > Windows HD Color settings. Under Battery options, clear the Don’t allow streaming HDR video on battery check box.

  • Battery saver is turned off. To find out if battery saver is turned on or off, select the Start  button, then Settings  > System > Battery . If you want the best HDR video experience even when battery saver is turned on, clear the Lower screen brightness while in battery saver check box on that same Battery screen. For the best HDR video experience, Windows needs to be able to set your display to the maximum brightness level.

  • You restart the video. After you make the changes above, restart the video you’re trying to watch to get it in HDR.

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