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How to fix Dell XPS 15 laptop display flickering

I’ve currently got the Dell XPS 15 in for review, and for the most part, I think it’s a fantastic machine to work on and I’ll miss it when it’s returned.

The standout feature on this laptop is of course that 4K InfinityEdge display; it’s so good to work on with good viewing angles, a bright panel and rich colours. On some models however, probably yours too, the display tends to flicker when you’re using Google Chrome — particularly when hovering over links or using the touch display.

Fixing the XPS 15 laptop’s flickering

There are a bunch of Reddit threads tackling this issue, and most of them suggest updating the XPS 15’s BIOS (here’s how to update your BIOS). Before doing that though, I tried the much simpler steps of just updating the display drivers and it solved the issue. Here’s how you can do the same:

  1. Click on your Start menu icon, and then the Settings icon above it.
  2. You should then see a grid of Windows Settings; click on the Devices icon.
  3. Scroll down and at the bottom of the page, click on Devices and Printers.
  4. That should have opened the Device Manager window. Now you need to double-click on the Display adapters option from the list, and then double-click on Intel HD Graphics 530 (yours may be different).
  5. A new window for Intel HD Graphics should open now. Click on the Drivers tab at the top, and select Update Driver…   
  6. On the new window, select the Search automatically option and follow the instructions. Your Dell XPS 15 should then update with new display drivers and the flickering issue should go away.

Has this helped you? Let me know in the comments!

By Fabio Virgi

I'm the guy behind Let's Talk Tech and a travel blog called Fab Meets World. Some people call me a geek, I think they're probably right. I'm fascinated by technology and innovation, love good design and own way too many gadgets for my own good. Want to connect? Get in touch on Twitter and Instagram.