How Do I Keep My Keyboard Backlight on HP?

You will never appreciate the usefulness of a backlit keyboard until you’ve used it once then stop suddenly. You don’t need the lights but they’re helpful at night functionally. No wonder gamers love them.

Also, how do i keep my keyboard backlight on hp? Since it turns off and isn’t always on, is there a way to keep it on while hooked up to your HP PC?

How Do I Keep My Keyboard Backlight on HP?

You can use your keyboard light button (if present) to toggle to different states. Every push moves you from state to state. Test them out yourself to tell which is which.

Normally, the light times out after 5-10 seconds if you don’t touch your touchpad or keyboard. Keep it always on to prevent it from turning off automatically. You can also turn it off.

Many HP laptops require you to go to BIOS to change the setting to a specific state you want. Open the BIOS of your HP computer then go to the “Advanced Settings” tab. Go look for the “Built-In Device Options” menu to get to your keyboard settings.

Three States of the HP Laptop Backlit Keyboard

The three states of the HP laptop’s backlit keyboard is “Always On”, “Timeout”, and “Off”. Use the light button or BIOS to adjust the settings of your backlit keyboard to always be turned on.

Indeed, they’re (these keyboards) also quite aesthetically pleasing when push comes to shove. You also have the option to turn it off altogether if you want, since the light can be taxing on your laptop while in battery mode.

Timeout vs. Turned on all the Time

The keyboard normally turns off when not in use after 5-10 seconds of not being used to conserve energy. You have to reactivate it by tapping your touchpad or pushing any of its keys. To those who find timeout mode cumbersome, you can set the keyboard to be always on via the HP BIOS.

This has its disadvantages, of course. You’ll pay more from your electricity bill (technically) by having the keyboard backlit (but the power used is so miniscule that most people shrug and think, “Why not?” when it comes to activating the back light permanently).

Also, some laptops (HP or otherwise) won’t allow you to do this because they’re laptops and they’re all about energy conservation, especially when in battery mode.

Can You Keep the Keyboard Back Light Turned on via Windows

Windows doesn’t have a built-in option to control backlit keyboards on HP PCs and notebooks. Some device manufacturers provide apps via CDs or for download that can change the timeout mode to permanently on.

Also, the BIOS method of turning off timeout mode won’t work if the backlit keyboard has no options for that from the get go. You’re also out of luck if you can’t find “Built-In Device Options” in BIOS for HP PCs as well.

How to Enable Your Keyboard Backlight in Windows 10

  • Click “Start” and then type “Control Panel” into the search box.
  • Open the section for “Hardware and Sound“.
  • Click the Windows Mobility Center, you’ll see some choices. To turn on the backlight, move the slider under the Keyboard backlight tab to the right.
  • Click on the tab to get to more choices. Turn on Keyboard lighting and choose how bright you want it to be.
  • Next, choose when the keyboard backlight will turn off by itself. You can choose between five seconds and fifteen minutes, or you can choose Never off if you don’t want the backlight to turn off automatically when your laptop isn’t being used.
  • When you’re happy with the changes you’ve made, click OK.

Read more detail here

A Few More Items to Consider

You won’t notice the backlit keyboard’s lights when working in a well-lit area. However, in the dark, you’ll be thankful for the cool blue or rainbow lighting that isn’t only aesthetically pleasing but also practical when getting a feel of your keyboard’s key locations.

Regardless, this guide is here to make sure you’re able to type comfortably in the dark because the back light is allowed to stay on all the time as long as it’s connected to your HP computer.


  1. Fatima Wahab, “How to Set Your Backlit Keyboard to Always On“,, July 5, 2017

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