You can't, I suggest using a 3rd party application.
There is no built in application for changing the brightness of an external monitor on elementary.
This is also true of basically all the Linux distros and Desktop Environments I know of.
Well, changing the brightness of an external monitor is not always guaranteed to work the same way. Most external ...
This is not specific to a elementary. External monitors configurations are managed by themselves. You can control your laptops brightness because the monitor is directly managed by your laptops drivers. This applies to Windows and macOS as well.
There are many tools to workaround this but no OS provides this as native functionality.
This bug has been reported on Launchpad before,
100% initial brightness on boot [laptops]. Please mark it as "it affects me" , provide more informations to help the dev fix it or put a bounty on it so it can be fixed as soon as possible.
I found that after running setpci I needed to reload the apple_gmux module, so my /etc/rc.local looks like this:
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the ...
this is what worked for me. Now, I can set the screen brightness with my function keys, or the gui, and when I plug in the AC adapter the brightness remains constant. The computer also starts up with whatever brightness level I had set it to, prior to shutting it down.
In the terminal, run (replace gedit with whatever you're using for your text editor):
Maybe this is a kernel compatibility problem, maybe because your laptop is very new the screen brightness module is not yet built in 5.4.0-80-generic, try installing a more recent kernel.
If you'd like to try i suggest the Liquorix kernel or the Xanmod kernel, our maybe just install a mainline kernel with Ubuntu Mainline Kernel Installer.
(Above answer is more helpful :D)
It is quite common for attached external monitors to not have bound brightness controls in the same way laptops do. To adjust brightness of the external monitors I would suggest using the brightness controls on the monitor itself (As it's the least hack-ey and will reduce power consumption if you are planning to turn the ...
You should check wether your current graphics card drivers are up-to-date. Moreover, disabling such drivers can help to see if the issue is fixed. If using the intel-based graphics card, you can use these commands to fix the issue. /etc/default/grub and add acpi osi=linux to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=. The run update-grup, it should work properly.
Use the instructions on this page, but instead go to Custom and select the + button to add a new keyboard shortcut. In the custom command, put xdotool key XF86MonBrightnessDown or xdotool key XF86MonBrightnessUp. Then click where it says Disabled and key in your key combination.
I can't change the display brightness via FN-Hotkey either. It work's on the energycontrol-settings.
What's the downside of the nuveau-driver for laptops?
I do have another problem, probably related to the nvidia-driver: https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1628929?comments=all
Now, I want to try the nuveau-driver...
Quick edit: My starting point ...
I had the same issue.
This is what I am doing as a workaround:
sudo apt install xbacklight
Once installed go to System Settings>Keyboard>Shortcuts>Custom>
and bind the follow commands to keys of your choice
xbacklight -dec 10
xbacklight -inc 10
This code works for me, same might help you.. give a try!
sudo apt install xbacklight
xbacklight -set 15
15 is the percentage of backlight you gonna use. You can change any percentage value according to your need.
There are two solutions that come to my mind:
First one is to use the old kernel. On boot you need to open Grub >> Advanced options. There you can find the older versions.
Second solution is using "xbacklight". It's a command line tool to change the display brightness. For installation:
sudo apt-get install xbacklight
An example to change the brightness ...
You should install TLP and Thermald
Be careful, TLP is NOT compatible with acpid or Laptop_mode_tools.
One more tweak:
open a terminal and type
gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
then look for
finally save and close gedit
after that write in the terminal:
Reboot and done.
Install Brightness Controller with the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/brightness-controller
sudo apt update
For Version 1 with up to 4 Monitor Support:
sudo apt-get install brightness-controller-simple
For Version 2 with Multi Monitor Support and other features:
sudo apt install brightness-controller
Note: This does not ...
Use a bash script!
My script based on kagronick's one is super easy to use, just set a number from 0 to 100:
chmod +x light
This sets brightness to 50%
Find it here: