How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone

Cupertino, April 29, 2021

How to calibrate color on Apple TVSource: Christopher Close / iMore

Apple's latest tvOS feature, Color balance, makes color calibration incredibly easy on Apple TV. With just a few clicks on the Siri remote and using your iPhone to quickly measure, movies, Apple TV + shows and Apple Arcade games will look better than ever. The best part is that it works on the best Apple TV models - Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, so you won't miss it if you run an older set-top box. Here's how to calibrate the color on your Apple TV!

How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone

Using the new color balance function is quick and easy, but before you get started, there are a few things you need to know. Color balance requires an iPhone that supports Face ID and must be running iOS 14.5 or later. Also, for best results, Apple recommends that you set the TV's picture mode to one that is not too bright or one with very saturated colors.

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  1. Open settings on Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and audio.

    How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone by showing the steps: Open Settings, Click Video and Audio

    Source: iMore

  3. Click Color balance.
  4. When the Balance Balance prompt appears, hold the iPhone next to your TV.

    How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone by showing the steps: Click Balance Color, when the Balance Balance prompt appears, hold the iPhone next to the TV

    Source: iMore

  5. When the Color Balance message appears on the iPhone, tap Keep going.
    • If you don't see the iPhone prompt, lock your phone, and then unlock it again.
  6. Come back iPhone so that the front camera is facing the TV.

    How to calibrate the color on the Apple TV with your iPhone by showing the steps: Click Continue on the Balance Color prompt on the iPhone, Rotate the iPhone so that the front camera is facing the TV

    Source: iMore

  7. Position iPhone so as to fit into the contour of the TV.
    • The color balancing process will start automatically when your iPhone is in the correct position.
  8. Keep going keep Your iPhone in the outline of the screen until the measurement is complete.

    How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone by showing the steps: Turn the iPhone so that the front camera is facing the TV and fits inside the box on the screen, continue to hold until the measurement is complete

    Source: iMore

  9. Click See results.
  10. Click Use balanced save.

    How to calibrate the color on your Apple TV with your iPhone by showing the steps: Open Settings, Click View Results, Swipe left or right to preview the changes, and then click your favorite view to save

    Source: iMore

How to review color calibration results

After calibration, you can review the results at any time by accessing the color balance portion of the settings application. With this option, you will see the same comparative view in the calibration process and you can swipe back and forth to review the changes. Selecting a view will set the color for the Apple TV accordingly.

  1. Open settings on Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and audio.

    How to review the color calibration results on Apple TV by showing the steps: Open Settings, Click Video and Audio

    Source: iMore

  3. Click Color balance.
  4. Click See results.

    How to review the color calibration results on Apple TV by showing the steps: Click Color Balance, click View Results

    Source: iMore

  5. Swipe left or right to see the changes, then click your favorite. view save.

    How to preview color calibration results on Apple TV by showing the steps: drag to preview the results, click to select

    Source: iMore

How to reset the color calibration

If you're not happy with the color calibration results or want to start over, you can do so through settings. Using the reset option, Apple TV will return to the factory defaults and you can perform a new calibration if you wish.

  1. Open settings on Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and audio.

    How to reset color calibration on Apple TV by showing the steps: Open Settings, click Video and audio

    Source: iMore

  3. Click Color balance.
  4. Click Reset.

    How to reset color calibration on Apple TV by showing the steps: Click Color Balance, click Reset

    Source: iMore

That's all there is to it! After calibration, your Apple TV will automatically display the perfect colors for your TV, so your movies and shows will look their best at all times. You will no longer have to suffer by navigating the naughty menu system of the TV or by paying a professional for calibration. Even if you don't like the results, you can switch at any time with just a few clicks, so it's definitely worth a try.

Questions?

Questions about using the Balance Color feature on Apple TV? How were your results? Tell us in the comments below!

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