How to Change Playback Settings to Automatically Enhance Videos in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off playback settings automatically enhance videos during playback when using Windows 11. Windows has a feature to control playback settings that can automatically enhance video for some apps that use Windows built-in video platform.

Apps such as Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which include Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu) can use Windows playback settings.

When this feature is enabled, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware) or choose to play video at a lower resolution to help save network bandwidth.

Below is how to turn on of off video playback settings in Windows 11

How to enable or disable auto enhance during playback in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows has a feature that can automatically enhance video playback for some apps that use Windows built-in video platform.

Below is how to change video playback settings to automatically enhance the quality of the video being played in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps > Video playback tile to expand it.

On the Apps > Video playback settings pane, toggle the button to On or Off to automatically enhance video playback when using Windows built-in video platform.

If you’re having issues with video playback, see Troubleshooting poor video playback.

That should do it!


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