Fix Monitor Screen Flickering While Playing HD Videos, YouTube or Games

Is your monitor flickering randomly while playing videos, games, etc.? This article explains how you can fix this problem easily.

After buying a new monitor, you may become disappointed if it starts flickering while playing full high definition or 4K videos, games, etc. Many Windows 10 users have this unexpected experience. No matter what is your monitor brand or even you have a decent graphics card, this problem may haunt you anytime until you take care of several things.

Basically, the monitor flickering problem appears more on IPS LCD displays. When you play 1080p or 4k videos especially on Netflix/YouTube, the monitor shows a black screen for less than a second and then appears normally. It seems too annoying. Especially, Your 50/60Hz monitor may blink more when you try to watch videos in full-screen mode. But, Don’t worry. You can get rid of it.

Reasons Behind Monitor Flickering Problem

Your computer constantly generating images even if you keep everything still. You are seeing on the monitor. So, Your monitor is getting and processing updates continuously. When it can’t handle the update properly, it flickers. Every monitor has a refresh rate like 50 Hertz, 60 Hertz, 120 Hertz, 240 Hertz, etc. Some old monitor has 30 Hertz display. 30 Hertz means your monitor is updating images 30 times per second. 240 Hertz means, it is a very powerful monitor that can update images 240 times in a second. Everything works so fast that our eyes can’t detect it.

However, A few of these models may not work correctly on lower Hertz. Some may have a problem on itself. So, When it can’t update the images smoothly, you may see it flickers. It also may happen due to improper connection between your monitor and PC. Because the display cable may be problematic.

Again, Your monitor is not everything. The graphics card has an important rule here. So, the problem may be from your graphics card too.

How to Fix Monitor Screen Flickering While Playing HD Videos

There may be two reasons for this problem. One is physical, another one is software. Fortunately, You can fix both issues. Here are the ways to do it.

Set Content Type as Desktop Programs on NVIDIA Control Panel

1. Tweak Graphics Card Controller – NVIDIA/AMD

If you have a dedicated graphics card on your PC, this method will help you. You may have an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card. If yes, you may fix the monitor flickering problem by tweaking a thing on the graphics card settings. Here are the instructions.

For NVIDIA

  • At first, open the NVIDIA Control Panel and then go to Display > Advanced Desktop color settings.
  • Now, Set the content type to this display as Desktop Programs or Full Screen Video.
  • Then, Click on Apply.
  • Done.

From now, You should be able to play videos or anything without having screen flickering issues.

For the AMD graphics card, you may find similar options and apply the appropriate settings to fix the monitor screen blinking issue.

2. Install Latest Graphics Card Driver

Sometimes, Outdated graphics card driver software can be the reason behind this problem. A similar problem also may appear when you don’t have an appropriate driver installed for the graphics card. In this case, You should install the latest driver or update the existing one.

To update the graphics card driver, there are two ways. One is automatic and another one is manual. If you want to update easily, I suggest you use Driver Booster or Driver Easy. Those two are excellent tools that can keep the drivers updated regularly without your manual efforts.

Driver Booster Outdated Drivers Found

However, some users may not want to use a third-party tool to update drivers. So, To fix monitor flickering problem, they can download the GPU driver manually. Here are the appropriate instructions.

I hope the problem won’t appear anymore.

3. Change Refresh Rate

If the problem still exists, you may tweak the refresh rate of your monitor from Windows 10 display settings. It may fix the monitor screen shuttering problem. Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Open Windows 10 Settings by pressing on Win + I on the keyboard.
  • Now, Go to System > Display.
  • Scroll down, find and click on Advanced Display Settings.
  • Now, Open the Display Adepter Properties.
  • Go to the Monitor tab and change the refresh rate. I suggest you increase it.

It may solve your problem.

4. Check VGA or HDMI Cable

You may encounter a monitor screen blinking issue due to the HDMI cable problem. So, Check the monitor is connected with your CPU correctly or not. Also, check if the cable is totally OK or not.

5. Contact Support

If you start experiencing this problem right after upgrading or installing a GPU, contact the graphics card manufacturer’s support to get proper solutions. Some users may face this problem with a new monitor. In this case, Try any other monitor. If you see other monitors are not flickering and you are facing the problem with just one monitor, you can either contact support or retailer to have a new one.

I hope these tips will help you to fix the monitor screen flickering problem while watching high-quality videos on Windows 10. You can let me know your feedback, questions or opinion on the comment box.

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