How To Make Laptop Screen Brighter Than Max

Bright Laptop Screen

These days, device screens (whether laptops, smartphones, or tablets) are designed to manage their brightness automatically. In bright environments, they’ll become slightly dim, while in darker spaces, they’ll get more brilliant on their own.

But what if the automated display of your laptop is not working correctly, or the apps you’re using on your device demand more illumination than what the screen is currently delivering at its optimal levels? This guide will provide you with practical solutions to make your laptop screen brighter than max.

Steps To Maximize the Brightness of Your Laptop Screen

If you’re looking to increase the brightness of your laptop screen beyond its maximum levels, chances are you’ve already used your machine’s built-in settings to maximize the brightness levels. But if you haven’t done that, follow these steps to hit and experience the highest illumination levels of your laptop screen before deciding whether you want the lighting to go beyond its maximum.

Every laptop comes with a brightness range, and you have full authority to adjust the brightness levels within that range. In most cases, it will have a brightness level that suits every user, with both extremes well apart. If you have Windows 10, follow one of these methods to make your laptop screen brighter or dimmer.

Method #1: Using Keyboard Keys

Two of the keys on your keyboard should contain a sun icon – one of which is used to make the screen brighter, while the other is meant to make it dimmer.

While the two keys are typically located side by side, their exact location on the keyboard can vary from one laptop to another. These tend to be either F1 and F2 keys or F11 and F12 keys on most keyboards. 

If you have a laptop model with the Fn key, you’ll need to hold this button before pressing the brightness keys. Alternatively, you can disable the Fn key and use the brightness keys only to adjust the screen lighting. 

Method #2: Using Action Center Menu

Alternatively, you can go to the Action Center menu of your laptop to adjust the brightness levels of your laptop screen. This menu is represented by the message icon at the lower right-hand side corner of the screen.

Once you click on the icon, a sidebar will appear. Look for the small “Expand” hyperlink and click on it. You should then be able to increase or decrease the brightness of your laptop screen without any complications. 

However, if you’re a MacBook user, the keyboard method to adjust the brightness levels is slightly different. All you need to do is go to the System Menu and select the Apple icon, and you should be able to change the brightness of your MacBook screen with ease. 

Ways To Increase Screen Brightness Beyond Max

After following the steps above to maximize the brightness of your laptop, if you still feel you need more illumination and that the lighting should increase beyond the top-most levels, consider boosting the lighting past the highest levels. 

Depending on the programs you’re using on your laptop, increasing the brightness levels beyond the top extreme might help you derive the most value from what you’re doing. For example, the most straightforward case could be you’re working with a very dark image or video. 

There are several ways to brighten your laptop screen beyond the top-most levels, but we’ll focus on the two most effective ways.

  1. Installing brightness software applications.
  2. Using Color Calibration Wizard.

Let’s take a look at each technique individually.

Method #1: Installing Brightness Software Applications from the Action Center Menu

Specific third-party software applications are specifically designed to achieve your desired brightness levels in your laptop. Check out the difference between Windows 10 and MacBook.

Windows 10

If you have Windows 10, you may use Lamin App, Lux App, or Gama Panel. Using the customizable settings in any of these apps, you should be able to increase the brightness of your laptop screen over its maximum levels. 

With the Lamin app, the brightness levels are automated based on the specific period of your solar day and location. But you can constantly tailor the settings as per your needs.

Similarly, the Lux app enables you to modify your laptop’s highest and lowest brightness ranges.

These apps also allow you to program your laptop to regulate its brightness levels based on the natural darkness or brightness of the environment where you’re using your machine.


If you’re a MacBook user, consider using the Brightness Slider app. Using the menu bar of this program, you should be able to manipulate the illumination of your laptop screen easily and customize the full brightness settings of your MacBook as per your needs.

The app lets you manage the depth of the backlight to personalize the dimensions of the display. Although it offers short-intensity brightness, it is primarily designed to lower the blue light.

Regardless of the laptop you use, the apps above also come with some low-light intensity features, which you can use to minimize the eye strain that results from prolonged viewing of the screen. The same feature also helps reduce your machine’s battery consumption, prolonging the life of your laptop’s battery. 

Method #2: Using Color Calibration Wizard

Another effective way to boost your laptop’s brightness past its maximum level is to use the Color Calibration Wizard. Again, the method varies for Windows 10 and MacBook users. With Windows 10, you can take the following steps.

  1. Launch the Start menu by clicking the Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your laptop screen.
  2. Look for the gear icon denoting “Settings” and select it.
  3. Select the “System” option.
  4. Tap on “Display” and scroll down to the “Multiple Displays” menu.
  5. Click the “Advanced Display Settings” option.
  6. Choose “Display adapter properties for Display 1“.
  7. On the pop-up window, tap the “Color Management” bar.
  8. Select the “Advanced” menu tab on the next pop-up window.
  9. On the lower right-hand corner of your screen, you should find the Display Calibration bar.
  10. Under the bar, there should be a button labeled “Calibrate Display“. Click on the button.
  11. Modify the brightness levels of your laptop screen as per your needs.

According to research, there exist over a billion windows-powered PCs around the world, with 400 million active users of Windows 10, which is also four times more prevalent than Mac. Hence, the steps mentioned above should work for most users looking to brighten screens beyond the maximum allowed levels.

However, if you own a MacBook, the Color Calibration Wizard technique is different. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow instead.

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Click the “Display” button.
  3. Select the “Color” option.
  4. Click “Calibrate“.
  5. Increase the brightness levels over the maximum levels or as per your preference.


By now, you should have obtained an in-depth understanding of making your laptop screen brighter than max. To sum things up, you should first adjust the brightness levels on your laptop. 

Only after you’ve confirmed that you can’t work through the highest brightness level of the screen should you proceed with going beyond these settings. The tactics above should help you achieve that with minimal effort.

As you may have realized, the process is simple. We hope that this guide helps you accomplish the exact brightness level you have in mind for your laptop. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my laptop screen dim?

If your laptop screen is suddenly dimmer than before, even when the device is well-charged, there could be something wrong with it, or someone may have accidentally altered the brightness settings.

For example, you or a child may have mistakenly set the laptop to low-power mode. In other cases, your AC adapter cable may have become loose.

How can I deactivate automatic brightness on my laptop?

To deactivate automatic brightness in your laptop with Windows 10, go to the Start menu by clicking the Windows symbol on the bottom left corner of your screen or directly clicking the Windows key. Next, launch Control Panel and navigate to Hardware > Sound

Next, select “Power Options” under Hardware and Voice. Then, click “Change plan settings” next to your display plan. You can now modify the brightness of the project by rotating the slider.

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