How to use HDR Calibration app on Windows 11

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 11 2022 Update, and with it come a lot of new features. One of them is the HDR Calibration app, a new way to help you calibrate your HDR display so you get consistent colors when using HDR in games or watching content. While Microsoft is promoting these two things together, you can actually download the Windows HDR Calibration tool in the original Windows 11 build – you don’t need the 2022 update.

However, this is a fairly new feature, and if you’re not sure how to use it, we’re here to help. If you want to calibrate the HDR effect on your screen, here is what you need to do:

Check if your screen supports HDR

The Windows HDR Calibration app won’t launch if your screen doesn’t support HDR in the first place, which makes sense. So, if you want to use it, you will have to make sure that your screen supports HDR.

To do this, open the Settings app (it should be in the Start menu), then click Show. Here, you can see if HDR is enabled or not. NB: If you have multiple monitors connected, you may need to choose the appropriate monitor in the panel at the top of the page.

Display settings in Windows 11 with HDR button highlighted

If the HDR toggle is disabled, your screen may not support it, or HDR may be disabled if you are using a laptop on battery power. Click the HDR option (anywhere except the toggle button itself) to see more information.

HDR settings in Windows 11

On this page, you’ll see if your monitor supports HDR, whether you have HDR video streaming enabled, and a few other options. You’ll need to make sure your screen says “Supported” for both HDR video stream And the Use HDR.

In the Windows 11 2022 Update, there is a file HDR screen calibration Also on this page is a link to download the Windows HDR Calibration app.

Download and use the Windows HDR Calibration app

Using the Windows HDR Calibration app on Windows 11 is relatively easy, and the app itself explains the process relatively well. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Download Windows HDR Calibration app hereor use the link on the page above.
  • Run the application. If you have multiple monitors, drag the application window to the screen you want to calibrate. If your screen supports HDR, the app will look like this.
    Screenshot of the Windows HDR Calibration app startup page
  • click start, and the app will present you three test modes, one by one. For each of them, you will need to drag the slider at the bottom of the screen until the test form disappears again, then tap next one after each test.
    • The first mode tests the minimum brightness, so you’ll want to drag it until the entire screen is black. The second test is for maximum luminance, so you want to get solid white. Finally, the third test is for maximum brightness in full screen, and again, you’ll want to drag the slider until you get a solid white image.
  • After these three tests, you will be asked to adjust the display colors. This simply changes the color saturation, and it’s mostly up to your personal preference. By default, it should be set to the lowest level, but you can drag the slider until the HDR image appears to your liking.
  • You’ll see a final screen showing you what your screen looks like before and after calibration. You can choose a name for the HDR profile you created, then tap ending to save it. If it doesn’t look right, tap behind Adjusts the brightness for each of the test patterns again.

Once the calibration process is done, you are all set. If you have a multi-monitor setup and all of your monitors support HDR, you’ll need to run a calibration process for each of them. You will then be able to get the most out of HDR games and other content. You can also enable Auto HDR on the HDR settings page we showed above, which will upgrade games to use HDR even if they weren’t originally designed to support it.

If you’re looking to learn more about other new features in Windows 11, you might want to check out How to Use Smart App Control in the Windows 11 2022 Update. We also have a guide to the new File Explorer features in this update, which are very important.

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