Have you ever looked at pictures on your phone or tablet and think the colors do not look quite right? Calibrate the screen quickly and easily with this lesser known iOS feature.
After replacing a broken screen on my antique iPhone 5s, I noticed that the colors did not look quite right. A quick search of the settings did not provide many options for adjustment, which did not really surprise me, as Apple is known for having close control over its devices. For this reason, I turn to the fact that I probably had to see the digital world through a small “mustard colored” lens. It probably comes as no surprise to read that someone who has such an old iPhone is not much of a heavy smartphone user. Email, messaging and social media are mostly what I do on my phone. Still, the color change I saw on the screen started to bug me pretty quickly.
A Google search for a solution brought up some issues regarding the phone̵
For those who want to customize their own Apple devices, follow these steps:
1. Open iPhone or iPad and click on the Settings app.
2. Once in Settings scroll down and select “General”.
3. Then go to “Availability”.
4. Here you will see an option called “Show accommodation”. On some older versions of iOS this can be called “Color Accommodations”, but the only difference between the two as far as I can see is the name.
5. Here you will be met with several interesting features that can change the look of the screen. If this is the first time in this section, “Color Filters” will be set to “Off”. Clicking on this line will turn on this feature and will take you to the “Color Filters” section.
6. After turning on “Color filters”, the screen is likely to change tone and several options for changing the phone’s colors will be visible.
7. Select “Hue” from the list, and play with both the Intensity and Hue sliders until you get something that looks more accurate. When you are happy with what you have, you can exit the settings completely.
And that’s all there is to getting the color of the screen to look more like it should. I have to say that this is the first iPhone that I have had to adjust the colors on, but I’m glad I now know how to do it. I also jumped on my iPad to do the same, and the difference was quite dramatic. While the majority of the population may not even notice such color differences on the screen, photographers are more likely to see them and want things that are more real.
This quick fix is not just about optimizing things when reading your favorite photography pages or browsing social media. Having accurate colors will show your photos in their best light if you happen to show a potential client your work on an iPad. It is also very important for those who shoot and edit photos directly on the phone. Many photographers rightly stress to get their computer screens accurate so that their phones will not be different. Should this technique give you precision colors from your device? Absolutely not. However, it will get you in the right ballpark as if you saw my screen before the change was miles away to look accurate.
Have you ever needed to “calibrate” your phone’s screen before? Do you know of any other useful related features buried in Apple’s iOS settings? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Main image by Youssef Sarhan, used under creative commons