Fix: Windows laptop screen brightness flickering

If your Windows 10/8/7 laptop screen brightness is flickering randomly or when on battery power, then this post suggests methods on how to resolve this problem. I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15 7537 ultrabook and was facing this issue. Although I have prepared this post keeping in mind a Dell laptop, this could work for HP, Lenovo, Acer and other laptops too.

Laptop screen brightness flickering

If your laptop screen flickers, pulsates or dims and brightens every once in a while, you may see if any of these troubleshooting suggestions help you.

First of all, try and identify when you face this issue, when on Battery power, mains AC adapter or in both scenarios. Is it for a particular power plan or all power plans? Also, check if this happens when you enter BIOS and in Safe Mode too. Is your battery very old? Having this bit of information may help you.

You may try these steps in any order. Select the ones which you think apply to your scenario and are more likely to help you.

1] First of all visit the manufacturer’s website and update your video and graphic drivers, for your model.

2] If updating does not help, uninstall and reinstall the Video drivers.

3] Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings and restore the default power plan settings by clicking on Restore default settings for this plan. Do this for all your Power Plans.

4] Change the Monitor Refresh Rate and see if that helps.

5] Open My Dell and Run PC Checkup for your Monitor. If any issues are detected, follow its instructions to address the issue.

dell laptop troubleshooter

6] Open Power Options in Control Panel, and from the left side, select Dell Extended Battery Life Options.

battery options 1

The Battery Meter settings box will open. Uncheck Enable Dell Intelligent Display. Click Apply and Exit.

laptop screen brightness flickering

See if this helps.

7] If your laptop used Intel processors, disable the Intel Power Saving Technology. You will get this setting in your Dell or Vaio Control Center.  From the Start Screen search, type Intel HD Graphics Control Panel and hit Enter to open it. Click on Power > On Battery.

intel control panel

You will see Display Power Saving Technology. Disable it, click Apply and restart your computer.

8] Norton AV, iCloud, and IDT Audio are three apps that are known to cause screen flickering in Windows 10. Check if you have them installed. See this post in if your computer screen is flickering after upgrading Norton in Windows 10.

9] This post will help you if your screen is flickering on Surface Book.

10] See this post if Windows 10 Brightness not working or changes automatically and this one if Windows 10 keeps changing power settings plan.

Let us know if any of these helped you fix your laptop screen flickering issue, or if you have any other suggestions to make.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

20 Comments

  1. Paras Sidhu

    Brilliant! I came across this problem on my Lenovo laptop after Windows 8.1 August Update. 7th option worked for me. It was really annoying but I fixed it from your help @AnandKhanse Sir!

    Thank you 🙂

  2. ablack

    It fixed the brightness flickering problem with my DELL 7537, but it only works when it plugged off. What can I do with it when AC plugged in? There is no display power saving option on plugged in tab.

  3. Alessio Mazzone

    Thank you so much. The 7th option worked for me I’ve been looking for a solution to this problem for months!

    Thanks again!

  4. ranjan

    The only definitive solution to this problem (rather than disabling various options) is to go windows service and disable the sensor service.

    Do the following:

    1. Press “Windows Key + R” to open the command menu.
    2. Type “services.msc” and press enter
    3. Scroll through the list of services and look for “sensor monitoring service”
    4. Permanently “Disable” the service.

    The “sensor monitoring service” may be used for multiple sensors, but most Dell Laptops have a ambient light sensor that dynamically changes the screen contrast and brightness. This is the only sure way to disable it.

  5. Thank you for your inputs. Yes that option is always there. But most would prefer to try and fix the specific issue first. Why cut the tree just because a branch goes bad. If anyone needs to disable Adaptive Brightness, they can get more details here: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/enable-use-adaptive-brightness-windows-7

  6. asdfasd

    Same problem here except it is enabled plugged in or not, same laptop.
    There used to be an option, but not anymore since they updated the driver.

  7. asdfasdf

    I have tried all of these, and a few more like disabling UEFI, installing latest driver from .zip through device manager, disabled the service, unplugged, plugged in, disabled all intel power saving, and settings in power options related to it, and none of them work.

    The screen will adjust contrast on a white page slowly, and then adjust on a black page with this flickering/banding effect. Totally fed up of it.

    One thing that did work albeit at expense of the battery life is changing NVIDIA optimus settings to use the NVIDIA graphics card instead of Intel POS.

  8. fadskfasdfa

    After restarting it appears to be fixed, here is another solution I found elsewhere. Credit xGary Surfacenet forums.

    1.Obtain Lastest Intel HD Graphics Driver (Make sure to download the
    .zip file version NOT the .exe) from Intel Download Center. Selsect
    “Graphics”, “Laptop graphics driver” and the chipset (Surface Pro 1 uses
    3rd gen HD4000 & Surface Pro 2 uses 4th gen HD4400)

    2.Select your Operating System and download the driver (Windows 8.1 x64)

    3.Right click the downloaded .zip and select “Extract to …” and dump it on your desktop or wherever

    4.Right click the bottom left corner on your desktop and select “Device Manager”

    5.Open “Display adapters”, right click the graphics card and hit “Update Driver Software…”

    6.Select the “Browser my computer for driver software”

    7.Select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”

    8.Click “Have Disk…” and browser to the extracted Intel Driver Software on your desktop.

    9.In the subfolder “Graphics” open the .inf file

    10.Now click “Ok” and continue installing the driver by hitting “Next”…

  9. rajashekar

    7th option worked for me

  10. Nerrad Nialrebmahc

    even after doing all this pluss extra reg edits i still get the issue but what I found helps is if you pull the power plug out and put it back in it stops it and goes with what the settings say. fecking silly monitor

  11. zxc

    Tip no. 7 worked for my Dell 7537. No more flickering, plugged in or not.

  12. Fernando Scheps

    I have exactly this same problem with my Dell XPS 15 9550 but it only occurs if the brightness is set to 0. As soon as I increase it to 10% is almost unnoticeable. Anybody else having the same issue with a Dell XPS 15? Any workaround? None of the suggestions worked for me 🙁

  13. Greg Atkinson

    7th option worked for me too. Thank you!

  14. Deni Taufik

    Thanks Helpful (y)

  15. jodo

    Adding another thank you. Option #7 worked for me too. When I switched to battery, my screen brightness indicator kept flickering on and off. I went to Desktop, right-clicked and selected Screen Resolution. I could see the display flickering between two displays every other second. It was driving me around the bend! Such a simple fix.

  16. ElBancoDestruiraElMundo

    For me it was the Intel Graphics Control Panel, just disabling the display power saving technology in Windows 10 worked for me. It was going from a dark background app like Spotify to light white background like Chrome search results, and it would flicker to full brightness going into the white background-this was when my laptop was unplugged/battery not charging. But now, no more flicker. Thank you!

  17. Kinnu Gsy

    can u please help me
    i have got a new laptop (lenovo y50-70) from my dad from the first usage its self the screen start blinking or flickering can u please help me out

  18. AL Pacino Guy

    Admin, can you please tell that in which version of “Graphics Control Panel” this “Display Power Saving Technology” option comes?

    My laptop is Dell Latitude 3340.
    Its graphics driver version is 10.18.14.4578.

  19. ANAND KUMAR

    Awesome! This has solved my problem. It was the Intel Display Power Saver that had been causing my screen to flicker. Thank you very much @happyandyk:disqus ! 😀

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