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How to Fix a Monitor with Yellow Tint

Posted by Arch on October 15, 2019
monitor has yellow tint - how to fix

If your monitor suddenly shows more yellow than usual on the display, you shouldn’t be surprised. You aren’t seeing things – a yellow tint is a common issue related to the computer display. Sometimes the main culprit is a change in software settings, but there are times when it’s a sign of a hardware error.

Before you call the experts, you may want to try and deal with the issue yourself. Most of the time, you can fix the display fairly easily. In this article, we will look at the common causes for the appearance of the yellow tint on your monitor and explain how to restore your monitor color back to normal.

Change the Color Profile in System Settings

A color profile is a set of data that tells the system how the colors should look on the screen. Sometimes the colors may seem washed out, while other times a specific color may dominate the display.

Usually, Windows 10 displays colors well, but some modifications in the system may cause the color profile to change. To check if this is causing the yellow tint and change it, you should do the following:

  1. Click the Start menu icon on the bottom-left of the screen.
  2. Start typing ‘Control Panel’ in the search bur until the icon appears.
  3. Open Control Panel.
    Control Panel
  4. Select the ‘Color Management’ menu.
    Color Management
  5. In the ‘Device’ section, choose the yellow-tinted monitor from the menu (it should be selected by default).
  6. Tick the ‘Use my settings for this device’ option.
  7. Click the ‘Add…’ button.
    Add
  8. Select ‘sRGB Virtual Device Model Profile.’
  9. Click ‘OK.’
  10. In the ‘Profiles associated with this device’ section, select the profile you’ve added.
  11. Click on ‘Set as Default Profile.’
    Set as Default Profile

When you change the color profile to this one, the yellow tint should disappear. If it remains, try out some of the other methods.

Disable Night Mode

Another common reason for a yellow tint on your monitor is the Night light. When you enable this mode, it will turn off the bright blue light from the screen and display only warm colors to protect your eyes.

You might have accidentally enabled the Night light, or the Settings may be causing it to activate at a certain time. Fortunately, it is easy to deal with this issue. All you have to do is the following:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select the Settings (gear) icon.
    Settings
  3. Choose the ‘System’ menu. A new window should appear.
    System
  4. Select the ‘Display’ tab on the left side.
  5. Toggle the Night light switch off.
    Night light switch on

Alternatively, you can press the Win key + A to open a quick access menu on the bottom-right of the screen and see if the ‘Night light’ option is enabled.

Night light

In the Display settings, you can select the ‘Night light settings’ option to adjust the warmth of the colors and/or choose when or if the feature should activate.

Update Video Drivers

Your video drivers should update automatically, but sometimes they may skip an update or experience a glitch during installation. In these situations, you may notice some aspects of video display not working as they should, including the monitor color.

To update your video drivers manually, here’s what you need to:

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Select the ‘Device Manager.’
    Device Manager
  3. Click the arrow next to ‘Display adapters’ to expand it.
  4. Right-click on your video card name.
  5. Select ‘Update driver.’
    Update driver
  6. Click on ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
  7. If there are new versions of the driver, the system will find them and update your video card.

After this, you may need to restart your computer. Once you do this, , there shouldn’t be a yellow tint anymore.

Check for Hardware Issues

If you have a PC with a separate monitor and video card, you can try and manually fix the hardware issues. Here is what you can do:

  1. Check inside of the PC case if the video card sits properly in its socket. Some computers have a video card directly on the motherboard, but most of them have a separate video card socket. If the video card isn’t fully attached to the socket, it may cause some video issues.
  2. See if the cables are attached to both your monitor and your computer’s port. Also, inspect if there is any damage to the cable. Even a tiny rupture of the cable can affect the electronic signals transfer between the computer and the monitor, thus impacting the display.
  3. Your monitor probably came with a manual, so you should check it out. Most monitors can also be used as TVs. They usually have some settings on their own that can control the color and display on the screen. Your monitor could have buttons that control tint, contrast, brightness, etc. so you can customize them to your preference.
  4. Some old monitors can get magnetized which can lead to change in display and colors. Most of these monitors have a ‘Degauss’ button on them which should remove any magnetic fields, so check if yours has it. If not, you can drag a very small magnetic button over your monitor and see if the color returns to normal.

Take Off the Yellow-Tinted Glasses

As you can see, there are plenty of software and hardware-related issues that may lead to the appearance of yellow tint on your monitor. Fortunately, most of the time the issue isn’t serious and there’s nothing to worry about.

However, if you tried out everything and you don’t notice any change, it would be best to take your computer or monitor to the repair service. The experts may diagnose the issue and find a fix in a matter of minutes.

Have you had problems with yellow tint appearing on your computer monitor? What did you do to fix it? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.

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