If you have an HP laptop with a backlit keyboard, you might have encountered a problem where the backlight does not turn on or off properly. This can be frustrating, especially if you need to use your keyboard in low-light environments. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix this issue. In this article, we will show you how to turn on the keyboard light on an HP laptop, how to adjust the brightness and timeout settings, and how to update the drivers and BIOS if needed.
How to Turn on the Keyboard Light on an HP Laptop
To turn on the backlit keyboard on an HP laptop, locate the keyboard backlighting key on the keyboard, which is usually located in the row of Function F keys along the top of the keyboard[^1^]. The key may be labeled with a backlight icon[^2^]. Press the keyboard backlighting key while holding down the Fn key, which is located at the bottom row of the keyboard[^2^] [^4^]. If the backlight icon is not on the keyboard, look for the backlit keyboard key on the row of function keys[^4^].
If nothing happens when you press the backlight key, check the BIOS settings. In the BIOS, click BIOS Setup or BIOS Setup Utility, and then use the arrow keys to navigate to the System Configuration tab. Enable Action Keys Mode if it is not already enabled[^3^]. Note: Your BIOS version and screens might vary.
How to Adjust the Brightness and Timeout Settings of the Backlit Keyboard
If you want to change the brightness or duration of the backlight, you can use the same keyboard backlighting key to cycle through different levels of brightness[^1^]. To adjust the brightness of the backlight, press the key with the backlight icon two or three times in a row. The keyboard backlight dims and brightens[^5^].
If you want to change how long the backlight stays on after a period of inactivity, you can configure this setting in the BIOS. Note: If there is not a setting for the backlight timing in the BIOS, this behavior might not be supported on your notebook. Check your notebook model's product support documentation to confirm support[^3^]. To change the backlight timeout setting in the BIOS:
Restart your notebook, and then immediately press F10 repeatedly until the BIOS opens.
When the BIOS opens, use the arrow keys to navigate to the Advanced tab.
Navigate to Built-in Device Options, and then press Enter.
In Built-in Device Options, select Backlit keyboard timeout.
Press spacebar to open the keyboard backlight settings, and then select a timeout setting. Note: If you select Never, the backlight remains on indefinitely, which can quickly drain your notebook battery power[^3^].
How to Update Drivers and BIOS for Your HP Laptop
If none of these steps work for you, you might need to update your drivers or BIOS for your HP laptop. Updating your drivers can help resolve compatibility issues and improve performance. Updating your BIOS can help fix bugs and enhance security features. You can update your drivers and BIOS using HP Support Assistant or manually from HP's website.
To update your drivers and BIOS using HP Support Assistant:
Download and install HP Support Assistant from this link.
Open HP Support Assistant and click Updates.
Select Check for updates and messages.
If there are any available updates for your drivers or BIOS, follow the on-screen instructions to install them.
To update your drivers and BIOS manually from HP's website:
Go to HP Customer Support.
Type your notebook model in the search box and click Submit.
Select Software and Drivers from the left menu. aa16f39245