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How To Turn On Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop

Did you know that the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop is the only laptop that has a unique way to turn on its keyboard light or backlit, as some people call it?

The common way to turn on a keyboard light is straightforward for other laptop brands by simply clicking on the F key at the top of your keyboard with a backlit icon.

But with your Lenovo laptop, it is a whole new unique way of turning on your Lenovo keyboard light. And you can even go further to learn how to connect AirPods to Lenovo laptop after you have successfully light up the keyboard.

How To light up Lenovo keyboard light:

  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar once to turn on your keyboard light.
  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar twice to increase your keyboard light brightness.
  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar three times to turn off your keyboard light..Lenovo laptops are known to be slow due to their hardware and software configurations. [Slow Lenovo Laptops]( is a great resource to learn more about why this is the case and how to fix it.

With that said, how about we dive deeper and understand what a keyboard light is its function, and its use.

What is a Lenovo keyboard light?

A keyboard light which can also be referred to as a backlit keyboard, is a light that reflects underneath a keyboard. This keyboard light reveals all your letter and symbol keys more explicit and more visible in a dark environment.

The primary function of a keyboard light is to give you the ability to type in total darkness. The color of the light that illuminates your keyboard varies depending on your Lenovo laptop model. It could come in any color, but the standard colors are white, blue, red, or green.

A keyboard light can be turned on or off, and also, while it is turned on, the keyboard light brightness can be increased or decreased.

Why is my Lenovo keyboard not lighting up?

There are several reasons your Lenovo keyboard is not light up, but I could put together the primary reasons.

These are the reasons:

1. Not Supported For Your Laptop

Not every Lenovo laptop supports a keyboard light feature because they weren’t designed that way, and it is only mostly new or more recent Lenovo laptops that their keyboard can light up.

Older Lenovo laptop doesn’t support this. So, if you are wondering why you cannot light up your keyboard, it is simply because your computer doesn’t support it.

If you want your laptop to light up, you will have to purchase a Lenovo laptop that supports it.


Connecting Airpods to your Lenovo laptop is easy! Just follow the instructions and you’ll be up and running in no time.

And if you can afford a new Lenovo laptop, what you can do is replace your keyboard with another keyboard that supports keyboard light.

2. Corrupted Keyboard Drivers

Keyboard drivers make your laptop understand that there’s a keyboard plugged in. In this case, one of the drivers is responsible for your keyboard to light up.

If the drivers are corrupt, your Lenovo laptop won’t understand how to interact with your keyboard. This means that you will have trouble turning on the light on your keyboard.

The best way to handle this is to uninstall your keyboard drivers and then restart your dell laptop to reinstall them automatically.

If you are having issues restarting your Lenovo laptop because of the power button, you should check out this article I wrote on fixing it.

3. Faulty Keyboard

If you are in a situation where your Lenovo keyboard light used to turn on before, but it just stopped working all of a sudden, it means that your keyboard may be faulty.

As long as it was working before and now it is no longer working, chances are your keyboard is broken and needs to be replaced. If you are confident that there’s nothing wrong with your keyboard, then you can reinstall the drivers.

But if after reinstalling the drivers and it still doesn’t work, then there’s no doubt that your Lenovo keyboard is damaged.

With a faulty keyboard, you won’t be able to perform simple tasks like connecting Airpods to your laptop, which can be frustrating

How Do I Make My Lenovo Keyboard Light Up?

Here’s how to make your Lenovo keyboard light up:

  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar once to turn on your keyboard light.
  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar twice to increase your keyboard light brightness.
  • Hold Fn and click on the spacebar three times to turn off your keyboard light.

You need to understand the process when lighting up your keyboard because your Lenovo keyboard light can be turned on, increased, decreased, and turned off.

Holding the Fn key and clicking on the spacebar once will light up your keyboard. Holding the fn key and clicking on the spacebar twice will increase the brightness on the keyboard, and holding the fn key and clicking on the spacebar three times will turn off the keyboard light.

Does My Lenovo Laptop Support Keyboard Light?

This may come as a shock to you but not all Lenovo laptops come with a Keyboard light or backlit. The simplest way for you to know if your Lenovo laptop supports keyboard light or not is to inspect your spacebar to see if it has a backlit icon on it.

If it does have a backlit icon on it, it means your Lenovo laptop comes with a keyboard light. And if your Lenovo laptop doesn’t have the backlit icon on your spacebar, it means it doesn’t come with a keyboard light.

Before you start feeling bad, you should consider that the icon must have been cleaned off after a long period of use. So, my advice for you is to try the methods below to see if you can successfully turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

How To Turn On Keyboard Light Lenovo

Turning on the light for your Lenovo keyboard is straightforward, and all that is required is for you to identify your Fn key and spacebar key.

Your Fn key is located by your keyboard’s bottom left-hand side, and it is usually the last key on your keyboard while your spacebar key is very obvious. The spacebar key is the most extended key on your Lenovo keyboard.

To turn on the keyboard light, this is what you should do:

How To Turn On Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 1 Spacebar Click

Hold down the Fn key, then click on the spacebar key once to turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

How To Increase Lenovo Keyboard Light Brightness

One of the most incredible things about a Lenovo laptop keyboard light is that aside from the fact that you can turn on its keyboard light, you can also increase its brightness when needed, which comes in very handy if you happen to be in an extremely dark environment.

Here’s how to increase the brightness of your Lenovo keyboard light:

How To Increase Keyboard Light Brightness On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 2 Spacebar Clicks

Hold down the Fn key and click on the space bar twice to increase the backlit brightness of your Lenovo keyboard light.

How To Turn OFF Lenovo Keyboard Light

Aside from the fact you can turn on your keyboard light or increase its brightness, Lenovo also made it possible for you to turn the keyboard light off when you don’t need it anymore.

The exciting thing about this is that you can turn on or increase the keyboard light the same way you can completely turn off the keyboard light.

Here’s how to turn it off:

How To Turn OFF Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 3 Spacebar Clicks

Hold down the Fn key and then click on your spacebar 3 times to turn off your keyboard light.

Lenovo Keyboard Backlight Not Working

If all the methods above don’t work for you, something is probably wrong somewhere, and you must face the hard truth.

Before I get to the hard truth, let me give you some alternative ways to fix your keyboard light if the method above isn’t working for you. You may probably just be having some issues with your keyboard drivers.

1. Update your Keyboard Driver

There are two ways to update your drivers:

Manually – To manually update your drivers, you must visit the official Lenovo website and search for your laptop either through Lenovo auto scan or by entering your serial number.

Once you have successfully found your computer, you should download the keyboard driver from the list of drivers and then install it on your Lenovo laptop. Then try the methods above again.

Automatically – You can automatically update your keyboard driver through the device manager. You can quickly get to the device manager by searching through windows search or by right-clicking on the windows icon and selecting device manager.

Once inside the device manager, go to the keyboard section and update every driver inside the keyboard section when you expand it. You need to right-click on the drivers one after the other and then select update to update the drivers.

2. Update windows

Updating your windows would automatically install any drivers missing from your Lenovo computer and update your current drivers to their latest version.

Here’s how to update your windows,

  1. Search for windows update settings in windows search.
  1. Click on windows update settings in the search results.
  1. In the windows update section, download and install anything required for downloading and installing.
  1. If there’s nothing required, click on search for update or update now.
  1. You need to be patient for your windows to be updated. (Your computer will ask you to restart once everything is installed. You should agree to that because it is necessary).
  1. After restarting, you should try the methods above again.

If nothing works, I believe it means your Lenovo laptop doesn’t support a backlit keyboard. You can do nothing to change that except replace your keyboard with a keyboard that supports a backlit.

Why Lenovo Keyboard Light is Not Working?

The primary reason why your keyboard light is not working on your Lenovo laptop is that your Lenovo computer doesn’t support it. The backlit feature is particular that the Lenovo manufacturers have implemented on only their high-end devices.

This means that you have to purchase Lenovo expensive laptops to find the backlit feature. If you can’t see the keyboard light feature on your laptop, it means that you are probably using their mid-range or least expensive laptop.

If you are sure that your Lenovo laptop can support the backlight feature, but the method above doesn’t seem to work for you, then you should consider activating your keyboard light with Lenovo Vantage Software.

Download and install the software. Once you have done that, you should check the inputs & accessories section to turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

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