How to Enable/Turn On Backlit Keyboard on Dell Laptops

114 Responses

  1. IntoWindows says:

    It actually depends on your Dell notebook model. On my Dell Studio 15, I need to use Fn + F6 keys to enable backlit.

  2. suresh says:

    THANK U VERY MUCH….ITS WORKING

  3. deek says:

    Thanks , done

  4. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for your instructions – just bought a new dell and it wasn’t working. I appreciate the help.

  5. larry says:

    ya did it dude thanks so much is working now

  6. Adriano Rafael says:

    Thank you very much for the article, in meantime i was about to conclude my lap has a problem But you really helped me to get there- Back light ON now and it is actually facilitating a lot of my job, thanks and keep updating.

    Regards.

  7. Caesar says:

    How about to open this keyboard light on dell Inspiron 14 7447?

  8. chandra mohan says:

    Thank u soo much

  9. alex says:

    hi
    I have a inspiron 5000 a 5558.
    keybord lithing goes out after 10 sec.
    how do I ajust it to keep it light all the time ?

  10. yay says:

    Very helpful…. i thought something went wrong with my Laptop… but then i read this article

  11. Maurice says:

    does this work on a dell inspiron 14Z?

  12. Lulu says:

    Holding down Alt Then F10 worked on my Dell Inspiron 2016 Model

  13. bleurgh says:

    ALT + function + F6 worked for me, function and F6 alone wouldn\’t work for some reason until i added the ALT, however since doing it this way it will now turn off and on with just Fn+F6

  14. Zach says:

    Please please tell me how to enable the back light keyboard on dell insprion 15 7559. I am using windows 10 now and mobility centre doesn\’t seem to have it.

  15. I tried both Fn+ and Fn+F6, nothing happened with my Latitude E5570. Anything else works?

  16. Brian says:

    I have a new XPS15 but none of these solutions work for me. Does anybody have an alternative please?

  17. theloverman says:

    I am so happy right now, i can give u my first born if you want.

  18. Mattie says:

    How about the inspiron 11 3000 series?

  19. Eric Matutina says:

    How do you activate the back light for the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series? Does it even have one? Thanks.

    • eli says:

      Just hit F10, Or Go to windows mobility center (for windows 10 laptop right click on battery icon, select windows mobility center). on the bottom left side click on the keyboard icon, click on the drop-down select your desire!, then click ok.

  20. Lindsay says:

    Same solution needed for Dell E7470. Already tried all the suggestions on this feed.

  21. Don Tulett says:

    My wife\’s Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series back lit keyboard is not readable in the daytime, The settings are on maximum, but the white transparent letters make it impossible to read, you have to move your head a foot to the left or right and hope the sun(office lights) briefly give you a bit of relief if you wave your hand over each key stroke. It\’s a great looking Dell, but she hates it more than any other laptop she\’s had.

  22. Benson says:

    Thanks, it worked in Dell Latitude E5550 by pressing \”Fn\” and \”F10\”

  23. arashi says:

    please help..my dell inspiron 7559 7000 series backlit keyboard doesn\’t work..anyone here know how to turn it on?

  24. Karla Vorel says:

    Thank you…Thank you… Thank you… Finally the Hot Keys that work…ALT F10….
    Everywhere else said to press Fn right Arrow…does NOT work. So thanks for sharing.

  25. Charlie says:

    This worked, but it does NOT help me keep the lights on all the time. They go off after a few seconds. Thoughts on how to set them \’on?\’

  26. Aditya Singh says:

    How do you activate the back light for the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series? Does it even have one? Thanks

  27. nihal says:

    Hi am usind dell inspiron 15 5000 windows 10 ,plese help me to enable keyboard backlight

    • sharon says:

      I have the same model Dell as you and I don\’t think It comes with a backlit keyboard. I haven\’t found any evidence of it yet. Support doesn\’t respond to the question

  28. Samuel says:

    It doesn\’t work

  29. jackie noor says:

    thank you for your very helpful comment that alt f-10 turned on the keyboards lights for me on my new dell inspiron

  30. narendra says:

    hi. i am using dell vestro 1550,how enable keyboard backlight

  31. Jagadeesh says:

    how about to open keyboard light in dell 5559 series. please reply sooner. Fn + right arrow key is not working.

  32. david thomforde says:

    does a Inspiron 15 3000 series have the option for a backlit keyboard? The F10 key has not symbol on it, so probably does not. Cheap laptop, fine in many ways but I guess I cant expect everything

  33. Srinivas says:

    how can i enable key board back light in dell vostro 3450. i tried fn+f6 , alt+f10 but not worked.when i press fn+f3 then orange light below the key board only on.

  34. MAJOR says:

    THERE IS NO WAY I CAN EXPRESS HOW GRATEFUL AM I IN WORDS THAN JUST A BIG THANKS.
    mine dell latitude e6400 WORKED PERFECTLY

  35. Tana says:

    None of the above hints work on my computer! They worked up until today? I didn\’t do anything to change it. Just plugged it in and turned it on and noticed the lights aren\’t working to light up all the keys on the keyboard.

  36. Alan Of Wales says:

    On my Dell Latitude E7450:
    Fn + F10 toggles the keyboard back lighting through Off-Medium-Full

  37. Shar says:

    Is there one in dell inspiron i3 3558

  38. Humayun Kabir says:

    how can I enable key board back light in dell vostro 5470??

  39. john says:

    have a dell XPS model year 2016.
    too simple really. Just hit one button, the F10 button, you know the one that shows a rising sun on it, lol.

  40. Brandi says:

    For a DELL Inspiron 15 5000 series try Ctrl on the right side of spacebar + F10

  41. sakyi ohene Alex says:

    How to light up my dell latitude 3440 key board or the screen pad.

  42. sakyi ohene Alex says:

    How to light up my laptop screen in the night

  43. Jackson says:

    How to light up my dell E7454 latitude

  44. Sarath says:

    Its really works CTRL+F10… thanks alot

  45. Nitin Khanna says:

    Thanks bro….it\’s work.

  46. David says:

    Hi there – I purchased a backlit keyboard for a 3542, Installed mobility center, hooked it up, lite comes on for a moment when first installing and then goes dim. Keyboard keys have no effect (fn+F10).
    Mobility center has the ambient light sensor greyed out, and changing the keyboard brightness in the UI has no effect. Any suggestions? I would be eternally in debt to you 🙂

  47. AD says:

    Hi

    I have Dell E4300 with same issue with back light.
    Please advice.

  48. John says:

    Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series, use the F10 key to toggle on/off. If the feature is installed

  49. cdixon says:

    alt & f10 key for my inspiron 7000 worked for me

  50. WicasaWakan says:

    Mine has the light up option (while you are typing) and the right arrow key DOES have the keypad light up symbol but when you press the FN + right arrow, the keyboard lights up but fades back to dark after a couple seconds. I want it to stay on and even the IT guys that gave me the laptop say that should work. Most of the F keys have no FN symbols so I don\’t want to randomly press them.

  51. daniel says:

    How can I turn on keyboard backlight on my dell inpiron 15 3552

  52. Sahil.. says:

    my laptop Dell Vostro 15 3000 Series How To keypad light On …plz tell Me…..

  53. mina says:

    hi, how to light up Dell inspiron 13 5000 5368

  54. Mohit says:

    How to on the back lit keyboard on Dell inspiron 5567

  55. anubhav singh says:

    Plzz help me to enable keboard back light in windows 7 on my dell N 5010 ..

  56. kirnesh says:

    How to turn keyboard back light to turn on in Dell latitude, i tried using fn+f10 even though its not working.

  57. gemini says:

    how to on the keyboard light dell 5000, i3, 13.3 screen size,

  58. Al Moti says:

    I am using inspiron 14 3000 series. How can I set my keyboard light? Please tell me anybody.

  59. Dennis E. Rawls says:

    Backlit keyboard remains of after performing the the instruction of Fn and the right arrow.

  60. Emily says:

    How about for Inspiron 13 5000?

  61. Mallikarjun says:

    How to lightup keyboard of Dell Vostro 15 3000 Series

  62. Naren says:

    i bought dell inspiron 5566 bt its backlight is not working what should i do?

  63. Naren says:

    How to lightup keyboard of Dell inspiron 5566 Series

  64. Sumit Chauhan says:

    I have dell 5559 i3 laptop and also have same problem… Fn+10 and Fn+H keys are not working for keyboard backlight

  65. Fabian says:

    How do I turn on the keypad light using Dell Inspiron 13Z 5323? Thanks one and all.

  66. rhas says:

    How to turn on the backlight for Dell Inspiron N7110, all function listed did not work. can anyone indicate, Thanks

  67. dread says:

    How to turn on the backlight for Dell Inspiron N7110, Thanks

  68. Frankie says:

    for Latitude E7470, Alt and F10 worked for me; thanks for sharing

  69. Mahesh says:

    pls tell dell INS 3162 Keypad light on

  70. Kola Oluyemi says:

    Press Function (Fn) + F10 on Dell Latitude to turn on the keyboard light

  71. Paul says:

    Just purchased two new Dell Inspiron 3162 laptops. I am a Linux user. I am unable to get the keyboards to light up. Is there a trick/ something I am missing here. Both laptops are now running Linux Mint 18.1. Ran all of the updates and upgrades.. Still no joy.. My current Dell laptops have no problem. Any help here would be nice. Thanks

  72. Tom Griffith says:

    I have had my Inspiron 5558 signature edition. I bought it over a year ago and I was used to the backlit keyboard on my previous Dell, where you could turn it on, and change it to different levels of brightness.

    Long-story-short, after I had the laptop for a few days, I had one BIG complaint and nothing I could do would fix it: the 5558\’s keyboard light kept turning off after 10 sec AND there are only a couple brightness levels and they\’re controlled with the F10 key and you go from Off, to bright, to low, to Off, etc. NOTHING that I did, though, would keep the lights on any longer. They\’d come back on only I would either touch a key or \”hover\” my hand over the middle of the alphabet part of the keyboard. Unlike my older Dell, there was NO way to make the light stay on.

    It pissed me off when I was typing something in a low-light situation, and took 15 seconds to get a sip of water or try to think what I was typing, looking something up, etc and NO DAMNED lights on my keyboard. So, I called Dell (this was when the thing had been in my house for only a week). I got a lady who tried to walk me through stuff and she was stymied too as to why I couldn\’t make it work right. She suggested a total \”reset\” and I told her that I\’d spent a couple days getting the stuff from my previous Dell laptop onto it and I \”suffered\” the whole time, so that wasn\’t an option. So, she said she\’d get a specialist and this guy came on the line with us, and he tried the same things, said the same \”reset to factory-new\” conditions and I told him I wasn\’t gonna do THAT.

    He asked me to hold and after 10 min or so, came back on the phone and told me that he had to talk to \”people over him,\” and they said that the machine was behaving as it was supposed to. …that if there was no keyboard activity for 10 seconds, and the backlit feature was \”ON,\” to save the battery, it would automatically shut off and come back on with a keystroke or a \”hand-hover\” maneuver.

    This made me a little more \”steamed\” (NOT at them, but the programmers, etc) and I told them that had I not gone through the transfer of files, etc, etc from my old Dell to this one, I\’d be sending it back to the seller and look to HP or Lenovo or ANYONE else.

    I ended by telling this guy that NO one is going to be happy with this \”feature\” and that I\’d bet I was speaking for everyone that they needed to do a driver update…whatEVER…and then include it in an update. So, here it is, a year later and I still occasionally get mad at this anti-feature, and I\’ve updated my system each time Dell \”flags\” it to me and it still is NOT working as well as my old Dell did…OH, the \”save the battery\” thing: after only 6 mon or so, the battery got to where it would run down after on 30-40 minutes with the backlit autoshutoff \”feature\” turned on. I\’m betting that the tiny little (expensive) battery is the reason that they did this after all – I canNOT imagine it staying ON all the time—but HERE\’S a thought—Dell needs to make this \”battery-saving\” feature go away when the thing is running on AC.

    Does anyone have ANYthing new to add-maybe you\’ve called or chatted with Dell since I did last year.

  73. jessica says:

    fn + f10 worked instantly for my dell inspiron 5000 series

  74. iris says:

    just push F10 then the light will turn on and if pushed again then it grow a bit lighter

  75. HARI says:

    HELLO HOW DO I TURN ON MY KEYBOARD LIGHTS IN DELL-5559 MODEL. PLEASE HELP ME.

  76. Mrs T. says:

    I used ALT + F10 to toggle between the 2 levels of brightness plus off.

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