Refresh rate is a term that is regularly used when it comes to games. High refresh rate monitors allow you to play games at a higher FPS, resulting in overall smoother gameplay.
But times have changed and high refresh rate displays are slowly becoming the norm. 60Hz no longer looks like 60Hz as our eyes get used more and more to higher refresh rates.
Therefore, if you suspect that your Windows 11 installation is unresponsive or slow, you may need to change your refresh rate. Here’s how you can change the refresh rate in Windows 11.
Needless to say, you’ll need a monitor with adjustable high refresh rates and the ability to choose from among them. Depending on your setup, your refresh rate may be controlled by a built-in chip, a software utility, or the monitor itself.
You will also need the latest installation of Windows 11 installed on your system along with the latest monitor and GPU drivers for your setup in order to change your refresh rate. Here’s everything you need to get started.
- A monitor with an adjustable frame rate
- The latest installation of Windows 11
- GPU and iGPU drivers (if applicable) overdue.
- Updated drivers for your monitor on your system
- Third-party add-on app (if your device came with one)
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How to change the refresh rate on your Windows PC
There are several ways you can change the refresh rate of your screen. The recommended method is to use a companion or your OEM application, as this will prevent changes from reversing every time you start your PC or change the power mode.
However, you can still use the Settings app in Windows 11. It will work best for external monitors, OEM monitors, etc. Changing Windows settings, however, will violate your power plan settings and revert to defaults when unplugged or plugged back in. So this is not the recommended way to change refresh rates on laptops.
We recommend using your companion app to change your refresh rate on laptops. Follow one of the guides below that best suits your current needs and requirements.
Option 1: Using the Settings app
Windows 11 has a new settings app so you get a new toggle for your refresh rate as well. You can still use the old advanced display settings. Follow one of the relevant guides below based on your preferences.
Method # 1
Windows + ion your keyboard and click on “View”.
Click on “Advanced View” at the bottom.
Now click on the drop-down menu and choose your refresh rate.
Then click on “Keep changes” to confirm your changes.
Method # 2
Windows + ion your keyboard and select “View”.
Click on “Advanced View”.
Now click on “Display adapter properties for display”.
Click and go to the “Monitor” tab at the top.
Now click on the drop down menu and select the desired frame rate.
Click on “OK”.
Option 2: Using a companion or OEM app
You can use your GPU’s companion app as well as your OEM’s dedicated utility to change your refresh rate on Windows 11.
This is the recommended method for prebuilt systems, laptops, and monitors specifically designed to work with your system.
Use the relevant guide below depending on the app you want to use.
For the Nvidia control panel
Right click on an empty area of your desktop and select “Nvidia Control Panel”. You can also press Windows + S on your keyboard and search for the same.
Click “Change Resolution” under Display.
If you have multiple displays, select the desired display.
Click the drop-down button under “Refresh Rate”.
Select the desired refresh rate from the drop-down list. Then click on “Apply” in the lower right corner of your screen.
For AMD Radeon settings
Right click on an empty area of your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings.
Now click on “View” at the bottom of your screen.
You should now have a listing for “Refresh Rate” at the top. Click and select the desired supported refresh rate for your monitor.
For Intel Graphics Command Center
Intel recently moved from its graphics control panel to the graphics command center. The new command center features a new user interface, improved color correction options, the ability to manage multi-monitor setups and much more. You can use this utility to change the refresh rate of your monitor as long as you have a compatible iGPU or dGPU. Follow the guide below to get started.
Open the Graphical Command Center and click “View” on your left.
Now click on the drop-down menu for Refresh rate and select the desired refresh rate.
Click “Keep Changes” to save your changes.
The refresh rate should now be changed for your screen.
How to change the power plan to keep your current settings
This is a problem mostly encountered by laptop computer users. If your refresh rate changes every time your power plan changes, you can use the Intel Graphics Command Center guide above to change your refresh rate.
If you have an AMD processor, you can use the AMD Radeon settings guide at the top instead. Changing your refresh rate and power plan settings using the dedicated companion app will also save the changes for your power plan. Intel users will also need to change their power plan in the app. Follow the guide below to get started.
Open Intel Graphics Command Center on your system and click System on your left.
Now click on “Power” at the top.
Click the drop-down menu for “Power Plans” and select “Maximum Performance.”
Now click and turn off the toggle for “Show Energy Savings”.
Switch to the “Connected” tab by clicking on the same at the top.
Click on the drop-down menu and select “Maximum performance”.
Close Intel Graphics Command Center and try plugging or unplugging your system now. Your power plan should no longer affect your screen refresh rate.
Here are some common refresh rate queries that should help keep you up to date with the latest information available.
Why is my refresh rate reset every time?
If your refresh rate is reset with a restart or a change in power plan, chances are you will need to change your power plan settings and change your refresh rate from the companion app. Use the guides above to help you.
Why am I not able to use variable or adaptive refresh rate / sync?
The variable refresh rate is called GSync by Nvidia and Freesync by AMD. Both of these features require a compatible graphics card, a compatible monitor, and a compatible data cable to carry all signals.
If you miss any of these items, you will not be able to use Gsync or Freesync on your system. We recommend that you check the functionality of your monitor, graphics card, and cable to get a variable refresh rate working on your system.
Can I manually set a refresh rate?
It depends on your GPU, Nvidia users have to overcome a lot of obstacles to manually overclock their display and change the refresh rate. AMD users, on the other hand, can easily do the same directly from the AMD Radeon software.
Switch to the Display tab, create a new profile for your current display, and enter your new refresh rate when setting up the new profile. Applying the same should now allow you to set a manual refresh rate value for your monitor.
Can I update the drivers for my monitor?
Yes, you can update your monitor drivers from Device Manager in Windows 11. You can use Windows Updates to get the latest drivers available for your monitor.
Alternatively, you can also visit your OEM’s website to download the latest dedicated drivers released by your OEM that have been tweaked and changed for your monitor brand and model.
How does the refresh rate affect response times?
Response times measure input lag, which is a critical factor when playing competitively. The refresh rate positively affects response times by reducing input lag which in turn decreases your monitor’s response times.
In this guide, you learned how to change the refresh rate in Windows 11. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comments. In addition, also consult this guide if you want to learn how to install Android apps on Windows 11.