If you have auto high beams, clicking the stick on, turns it on. It's automatic. Only way to have manual high beams is to not use auto lights. You need to manually turn on exterior lights and headlights. At least, that's my guess. Sometimes auto high beams are wonky. I wish I could control it manually with auto. However, you cannot. Also, if you turn it on, there is no way to turn it off unless you turn off your lights and go manual or turn the car off and back on. To me, this is a glaring oversight. Not terrible but not good.