How To Make Laptop Screen Brighter Than Max

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macbook pro with super bright laptop screen reflecting on keyboard

Many modern computer manufacturers have an auto-brightness feature built-in to laptops. This helps adjust the brightness accordingly to your environment allowing you to work comfortably.

But, what if the brightness is just not enough for you to work properly?

If you like prefer working under the sunlight the environment might be too bright for the laptop’s display.

Sure, you can adjust the brightness by increasing it more but unfortunately, every laptop has a max limit on its screen brightness.

And sometimes the max brightness isn’t enough for you to work comfortably on your laptop.

Thankfully, there are multiple different ways to make your laptop screen brighter than max.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to adjust your laptop screen brightness and how to make it brighter than max.

How to adjust your current laptop brightness

Before making our laptop screen brighter than its max capability we need to adjust it manually to its current maximum potential.

Nowadays, laptops come with screens that automatically adjust the brightness. This feature is called “adaptive brightness”.

To manually adjust the screen brightness we need to turn this feature off.

To turn off adaptive brightness on Windows 10:

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
  3. Under Power Options go to Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings > Select Display and turn Enable adaptive brightness to Off.

Now, that you have adaptive brightness off you can now manually maximize your laptop’s brightness.

How to increase your laptop screen’s brightness

There are several ways to adjust your laptop’s brightness. However, it depends on whether you have a Windows, Mac or Monitor set up.

The simplest way is to use a keyboard shortcut.

Look at your keyboard for a sun icon – this is different for every computer but is usually found on the function keys.

You can see on my computer it is F4 to decrease brightness and F5 to increase brightness:

dell laptop keyboard with brightness shortcut function keys highlighted

To increase the brightness, hold the Function key (Fn) and repeatedly press the F5 key until it is at full brightness.

To increase screen brightness on Windows 10 – go to the action center (square icon) from the taskbar and adjust your screen brightness from the slider.

To increase screen brightness on a Mac OS – Go to System menu > Apple menu > and click on displays. Now, drag the brightness slider to adjust the screen’s brightness.

How to increase screen brightness on a monitor

Adjusting your screen’s brightness on a monitor is different from a laptop as it is externally connected to the CPU.

To increase the screen’s brightness on a monitor use the buttons located at the bottom. Read the instructions manual that came with your monitor to figure out which button controls which feature.

Play around with the monitor’s buttons until you are able to increase the monitor’s brightness to max.

How to make your laptop screen brighter than max

By now you have learned how to increase your laptop screen to its max brightness. However, it might be that the max brightness is not enough or you are sitting in a very bright environment.

In this case you might want something “extra”.

There are 2 main ways you can make your laptop screen brighter than max:

  • Using calibration
  • Using third-party apps

Below I discuss how to use both methods to increase your laptop screen brightness.

Increase laptop screen brightness using calibration.

If you are using a Windows laptop you can make your laptop screen brighter than max through calibration.

Here’s how to use the color calibration wizard on windows:

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel go to Display.
  3. On the left-hand side, go to Change display settings > Advanced settings.
  4. From the pop-up menu go to Color management > Color management.
  5. In the new window navigate to Advanced > Calibrate display.
  6. Click Next >Next > Next.
  7. Finally you’ll be greeted with a slider. Adjust the slider to change the brightness of the screen.
  8. Once you are happy with the results click Next.

If you are using a monitor with Windows 10 follow the below instructions:

Go to Start > Control Panel > Display > Advanced Display properties > Adaptor properties > Color Management > Calibrate.

If you are using a Mac OS, you have to use third-party apps to make your screen brighter than max.

Increase laptop screen brightness using third-party apps

There are several different third-party apps you can download from the Windows or Apple store to increase your laptop’s brightness.

Most of these apps are free and some offer advanced features such as, low-intensity brightness.

Some great apps for Windows are:

These apps can be downloaded from the Windows store and would appear on your taskbar. You can access these apps anytime you want to increase your screen’s brightness.

Note: you should check the system requirements before downloading any of these apps to see if they’re compatible with your OS.

Some great apps for Mac OS are:

These apps have a simple intuitive interface and easily adjust your screen brightness above the max levels.


Having a bright laptop screen is of utmost importance for many people to work comfortably. However, even if you manage to increase your laptop screen brightness to the max it might still be too dim.

Fortunately, you can make your laptop screen brighter than max.

There are several third-party applications that you can download for free to make your screen brighter. Or you could calibrate your display/monitor to manually increase your brightness more than max.

This article would have answered all your questions regarding your laptop screen‘s brightness – from adjusting it to the max to increasing it further to make it more bright.

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