In this guide, you will learn the steps to choose the GPU an app should use on Windows 11.

Change preferred GPU for apps on Windows 11

To change the default GPU the app uses on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the app will start using the specified graphics card the next time you launch it. You may also need to repeat the steps to configure other applications.

Desktop app — traditional (Win32) desktop programs. Microsoft app — apps available through the Microsoft Store.

Let Windows decide (default) — the system automatically determines which GPU to use. Power saving — runs the app on the GPU that uses the least power, usually the integrated graphics processor. High performance — runs the app on the most capable GPU, usually an external or discrete graphics processor.

When using the “Graphics preference”  on Windows 11, the settings will take precedence from the same settings available in other control panels, such as the one available from NVidia and AMD, which you can continue to use to configure additional features. Although Windows 11 makes it easier to set the default GPU an app should use, it can always choose which graphics card. So, if you change the graphics settings and the application defaults to another GPU,  you will need to adjust the settings within the app. If you no longer need the feature, on the “Graphics” page, select each application using a custom setting, and click the Remove button. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.