SOLVED: Windows 10 red tint on screen

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
4 minute read
windows 10 red tint screen fix

In comparison to some critical display issues, the reddish tint is nothing serious. If it’s the software we’re referring to. In case the hardware is malfunctioning, there’s only so much you can do. Nonetheless, we enlisted four steps which should when applied correctly, resolve the red tint hue in Windows 10. Make sure to check them out below.

How to fix the red tind on the screen in Windows 10

  1. Confirm the “Night Light” mode is disabled
  2. Check the display driver
  3. Inspect the accompanying third-party software
  4. Recalibrate display colors

1: Confirm the “Night Light” mode is disabled

With one of the recent major updates for Windows 10, users are able to enable a special screen mode. Namely, when enabled, the “Night Light” mode decreases the presence of blue light. It replaces the cold blue nuances with the warmer reddish colors. It’s so much easier on the eyes, especially in the dark. This feature might be the source of the red tint on your screen. Therefore, if this displeases you, make sure to disable it.

You should be able to disable it in the Action Center pane, where it stands between all other Quick actions. Just click on it until it grays out. On the other hand, if you can’t find it there, follow these steps to disable it:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Open System.
  3. Under the Display section, toggle the “Night Light” mode off.windows 10 red tint screen fix

Still, this is a really nifty feature so we suggest sticking with it. If the red tint is too much for you, there’s the way to reduce the warmth of the screen. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Under the Display section, click “Night Light settings“.windows 10 red tint screen fix
  4. Under “Color temperature at night“, move the slider to the right to reduce the red tint effect.windows 10 red tint screen fix

2: Check the display driver

If the problem is persistent or not directly related to the “Night Light” mode, we suggest updating or even reinstalling the display drivers. Most of the time, at least for the most superficial needs, the generic driver will suffice. But, you can never be sure about it. Luckily, a simple update should resolve all minor screen issues (which this certainly is if we eliminate the hardware malfunction).

Follow these steps to update the Display adapter’s driver in the Device Manager:

  1. Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Display adapters.windows 10 red tint screen fix
  3. Right-click on your GPU and choose Update driver from the contextual menu.

In addition, if that doesn’t fit the need, here’s how to reinstall it with a few simple steps:

  1. Open Device Manager again and expand the Display adapters section.
  2. Right-click on your GPU and click “Uninstall device“.
  3. Restart your PC and wait until the system installs the driver.

3: Inspect the accompanying third-party software

Lots of laptops and custom PC’s (the latter rarely) come with the pre-installed software. There are various OEM’s applications which are there to improve the experience and speed up the workflow. That way, they make sure that their hardware will perform without driver issues or other software inconsistencies.

Sadly, lot’s of them are bloatware and Windows 10 deals with the peripheral and input/output devices without them either way. Furthermore, they can mix up system settings or, as it seems to be the case, even recalibrate the screen colors.

In this case, chances are that there’s the associated built-in software which deals with the display configuration. This software needs to either be disabled or to go. Navigate to Search > type Control Panel and open it > Uninstall a program. Once there, look for all display-associated tools and uninstall them.

4: Recalibrate display colors

In the end, there’s only one remaining thing we can suggest concerning this particularly resilient red tint hue. And those are GPU controls (ATI Catalyst and Nvidia or Intel Control Panel) where you can reset the color settings and look for changes. Once there, you can manipulate settings and maybe fix the problem on your own.

Once you’ve done that, the red tint should disappear. In addition, there’s the built-in Windows tool for display calibration. We’re talking about good old wizard tool, which allows you to calibrate the display colors to your liking. To access it, just type Calibrate in the Windows Search bar and open “Calibrate Display color” from the list of the results.

That’s it. Finally, don’t forget to tell us whether writing this was a worthy effort or the screen is still infuriatingly reddish. You can do that in the comments section below.

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