How to Enable Your Keyboard Backlight in Windows 10

Most modern laptops come with backlit keyboards designed to make typing in low-light conditions easier. Most keyboards have backlight illumination and glowing letters but, sometimes, this neat feature will refuse to work. If that’s the case with your laptop, the problem is usually not with the keyboard.

If you’re a Windows 10 user, the backlit keyboard feature is most probably turned off in the Settings app. You just need to know where settings are and adjust them. Keep reading and learn how to manage your backlit keyboard in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Backlit Keyboard Adjustments

There are several ways to enable keyboard backlights and change their brightness in Windows 10. These options vary depending on the make and model of your Windows laptop.

One is via the Windows Mobility Center, and another is through the native app that comes with your laptop. Let’s see how they work.

Keyboard

Method 1 – Use the Windows Mobility Center

The first method requires you to open the Control Panel and navigate to the Windows Mobility Center to get the backlight working on your laptop. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Click the Start button and type “Control Panel” in the search bar.
    When the Control Panel window opens, look for the “Windows mobility center” tab.
  2. Open the Windows Mobility Center, and you will see a few options. Move the slider under the “Keyboard backlight” tab to the right to enable the backlight.
  3. Click on the tab to access additional options. Enable “Keyboard lighting” and select the brightness you want.
  4. Next, choose the time for keyboard backlight’s auto shutdown. You can select options between five seconds and 15 minutes, as well as “Never off” if you don’t want the backlight to turn off automatically when your laptop is inactive.
  5. Select “OK” once you are happy with the changes you made.

Method 2 – Use the Native App

Most laptops come with native apps for managing keyboard backlight brightness. If you are not sure if you have such an app, you can always check the system. Connect to the internet and type in the name of your laptop in your browser’s search bar. Add the phrase “Enable Keyboard Backlight Windows 10,” and you should be able to find the settings right away.

Keyboard Backlight

Using Your Computer’s Keyboard

Depending on the model, your computer probably has a keyboard function to turn on the backlight.

Dell

Again, depending on the model of your Dell there are various keyboard functions to activate your keyboard’s backlight.

Alt+F10

  • Dell 14 Inspiron 7000, 15, 2016, 15, 17 5000 Series.

Fn+F10

  • Inspiron 15 5000, Latitude E5550, Latitude E7450/E7470

F10

  • Dell XPS 2016 and 13

Fn+F6

  • Dell Studio 15

HP

Fn+F5

  • Some models may be Fn+11 or Fn+9
  • Some models will work with a simple Fn+Space

Asus

Fn+F4 or F5

  • Asus users will be able to tell the functions based on the symbols on the keys. If there are no light symbols anywhere on the keyboard, the laptop is not equipped with this function.

How can I tell if my laptop has a keyboard backlight?

One of the easiest ways to know whether or not your laptop has a keyboard backlight is to look at the keyboard itself, if you see any of the symbols by the manufacturer in the screenshots above then you can enable the backlight.

Can I use an external keyboard on a laptop?

Absolutely. Most wireless keyboards can connect to most laptops using Bluetooth or a USB port.

The Feature Is Not Working

Some Windows 10 users reported that the keyboard backlight settings don’t work. It’s not clear what causes the issue, but if you’re one of the unlucky users who have that problem, you can always troubleshoot for possible solutions. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Open the Start menu and type “Troubleshooting” in the search bar.
  2. When the window pops up, select “View all” on the left pane to access all troubleshooting options.
  3. Select “Keyboard” from the available options.
  4. When the troubleshooter pops up, select “Next.”
  5. The system will then check for possible issues with your laptop’s keyboard. The keyboard backlight option should appear. Follow the instructions to enable it.

Other causes of your keyboard backlight woes can be attributed to hardware issues or even software updates. If your backlight no longer works after a drop it may be as simple as a loose cable. If you’ve performed an update recently power cycle your computer to see if it will turn back on.

Type in the Dark Like a Pro

Windows 10 blocks the keyboard backlight feature on some laptops automatically. It’s unclear why that happens, but with the simple methods described above, you will be able to turn it on and choose the brightness level you want at any time. The process is simple and takes only a minute or two to complete. You can finally type like a pro in the dark.

What method do you use to change the brightness of your keyboard’s backlight? How bright are your keyboard lights and how long is the auto shutdown period on your laptop? Share your methods in the comment section below.

11 thoughts on “How to Enable Your Keyboard Backlight in Windows 10”

Avatar vix says:
I have an hp pavillion gaming laptop and what worked for me is if u go to your desktop screen then hit fn and f5(has a little keyboard icon on top} at the same time it turns on the light and also lets you adjust its brightness. literally just figured it out by messing with it so maybe a good tip for yall is to just hit different combos and see what works! Hope this helps!
Avatar Noah says:
I don’t think that would go with Lenovo seeming as f5 refreshes the page.
Avatar Noah says:
There isn’t one for Lenovo Yoga 730 15- iwl
Avatar fatena says:
my keyboard backlight did worked first but after a few days next than I have changed my window that not work and also my keyboards kay (c 1 2 3)don’t work .please tell me how can I fix this problem ?
Avatar Jade says:
Hello, I have the HP Windows 10 Pro laptop and I cannot get my backlight enabled. I also checked for troubleshoot problems and everything was fine. Does HP support the backlight settings or is it just my laptop?
Avatar Glenda White says:
I did the first one also, same thing there is no option for the back light. Dell G7 17
Avatar Maxwell says:
Glenda – Please detail how you resolved? Thank you – Matt
Avatar Racheal says:
I had this issue for a while. I don’t know if this applies to anyone, but my fix was through Alienware Command Center. I had recently installed it and didn’t realize that it took over control of the keyboard backlight. At the top click the FX tab and go from there. I hope this helps someone.
Avatar jho says:
me to also saerch a lot but i couldt fine the answer how i turn on my keyboard light on my acer spin 1
Avatar Janus says:
When I go to the Windows Mobility Center it has no option relating to the keyboard backlight
Avatar Shay says:
When I tried the first method, I got to the mobility center page there was no keyboard back lights option there.
Avatar sam says:
me too
Avatar Donald Weber says:
me also
Avatar Pattawee says:
search directly for “windows mobility center” in the search bar, it will work
Avatar Matthew Todorovski says:
My laptop is a no-name brand. I have searched settings and Google, and I am still unable to work out how to switch the keyboard backlight on. This feature is why I purchased my laptop!
I am quite frustrated. I hope After Sales Support can help me.
Avatar dan says:
I’ve tried the first method but when i got to the mobility center page there was no keyboard back lights option there.
Avatar vee says:
I did this and got the same as well, I have an Lenovo but after i googled some more and tried a few function methods, the one that worked was Fn + SpaceBar. It worked for me, then i realized the spacebar had the symbol for the keyboard light, smh.
Avatar Noah says:
I have Lenovo Yoga 730 and fn spacebar isn’t working for me
Avatar Abel Iniguez Gonzalez says:
I literally did this and I’m still getting nothing, I have a razer blade 14 ultra-thin and was lit when i bought it and it was recently updated and it just seems to not work. Rather it doesnt have the setting to control the light, the troubleshooting did nothing, its not in the control panel, they’re just gone
Avatar Andy says:
I’ve had the same issue. In the end the flex cable wasn’t connected to the board. After connecting the cable I could see the bios entry and the keyboard light was working well.
In the control panel I still have no entry but I don’t care.
Avatar james says:
Razer has its own software its in their website, i forgot the name of the app

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