Fix a Mac pink screen with these quick solutions

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Seeing your MacBook's screen display a pink color can be worrying but we have the fix in this guide.
  • To resolve this issue, it is recommended that you reset NVRAM, and also disable the graphics card switching options. For more details, scroll down.
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Display issues are relatively common, and many MacBook users reported that their MacBook screen is pink. Sometimes the color might be different, but the solutions are still the same, regardless of the screen color.

What can I do if the screen is turning pink on my Mac?

1. Reset NVRAM

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According to users, if your MacBook screen is green, resetting the NVRAM can help. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Shut down your Mac and turn it back on immediately.
  2. Press and hold Option, Command, P, and R keys.
  3. On older models, wait until the startup sound plays for the second time and then release the keys. On the newer models, wait until the Apple logo appears and disappears for the second time and then release the keys.

After doing that, check if the problem is still there.


2. Disable graphics card switching

If you’re using a model with both dedicated and integrated graphics, the issue might be fixed simply by disabling graphics card switching. Several users reported that this helped them with the blue screen problem on their MacBook. To turn off this feature, do the following:

  1. Go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  2. Now head over to the Energy section.
  3. Uncheck the Automatic graphics switching option.
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After doing that, your MacBook will always use dedicated graphics. Bear in mind that this will drain your battery faster.


3. Connect your MacBook to an external display

It’s possible that your screen changes color because the graphics card or the display is faulty. To test it, it’s a good idea to connect your MacBook to an external display.

If the issue appears on the external display, it means that your GPU is the problem. In case the issue appears only on your MacBook screen, it’s rather likely that your screen is damaged. Since these are hardware problems, it would be best to contact Apple’s repair center and ask them to fix it for you.


4. Revert to the older macOS version or use the Safe Mode

This issue might be related to your software, so it’s best to check if the problem appears in the Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode, do the following:

  1. Start or restart your MacBook and press and hold the Shift key.
  2. When the login window appears, release the Shift key and enter your credentials.

Check if the problem appears in Safe Mode. If not, you can try disabling incompatible login items and check if that helps.

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If the issue started appearing after a recent update, you might want to try reverting your macOS to the older version. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your MacBook, press and hold the Command + R until the Apple logo appears.
  2. When the logo appears, release the keys and select Restore from a Time Machine Backup.
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  3. Select your backup disk and choose the desired backup.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

There you go, several methods that you can try if the MacBook screen turns pink or any color.

FAQ: Learn more about MacBook screens:

  • Why is my Mac screen different colors?

If you see your Mac screen displaying different colors, then it might be an issue with your settings, or with the display drivers.

  • Do I need to calibrate my MacBook Pro screen?

MacBook Pro screen comes calibrated by default, but for a more customized result, it is recommended that you perform the calibration process.

  • Why do Mac screens look better?

Mac screens look better because they use the latest technology for the hardware part, and also offers useful integrated color calibration.

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