Alright. So you spent all that money on a brand-new TV. You want it to look as great as possible. But, what’s this? Why does everything look blue?
A lot of TVs have a blue tint to them. Thankfully, the problem should be fairly simple to fix.
In most cases, getting rid of the blue tint on a TV screen will take nothing more than adjusting the settings on your TV. As you play about with the warmth settings on your television, the blueish hint should disappear. If it doesn’t, then you may need to check your backlights, power cycle your TV, and adjust all the connected cables and devices.
Let’s go into a bit of depth on this. I am sure that you are itching to know why your TV has a blueish hint to it and, perhaps more importantly, what you can do to rectify the problem.
Why Does Your TV Have a Blue Tint?
There are a couple of reasons your TV may have a blue tint.
The vast majority of LCD TVs will have an LED backlight. The light helps ensure that the image on your TV looks bright and colorful.
Without an LED backlight, the screen would look exceedingly dark.
The LED backlight has a cool color to it. When the TV is turned on, the backlight can add a hint of blue to your TV screen.
It should be ever so subtle, and it is a problem that you should be able to deal with.
However, that blue hint will be there until you start tinkering about with the settings.
In exceedingly rare cases, the LED backlight may be broken. You will know the LED backlight is broken when you start seeing blues appear everywhere on your screen.
Normally, only the brighter colors will have a blue tint. However, a defective LED backlight will make dark blacks and grays have a hint of blue too.
No matter how much you tinker about with the settings, you won’t be able to remove that blue tint.
How To Get Rid Of The Blue Tint On a TV Screen?
So, let’s help you fix that problem.
1. Soft Reset Your TV
Here is the easiest thing I suggest you try out first.
- Simply disconnect your TV from the power source by unplugging it from the wall outlet, wait for about 1-2 minutes, then plug the power cable back in.
- After that, turn your TV on, make sure that you chose the correct input mode, and see if the blue tint is gone.
If this helps, it means your TV might have had some sort of software glitch that caused the screen to look blue.
But if that didn’t work, I have a few more tips for you below.
2. Swap Out The HDMI Cable
Most often than not, you won’t even have to swap the cables.
- I recommend you begin with simply unplugging all the cables leading to your TV, and then reconnecting them.
- While the cables are disconnected, inspect them for any signs of dirt or damage. On top of that, make sure that all the cables are firmly plugged in.
You should do the same with the cables of the cable box or any other device connected to your TV.
They sometimes cause the issue with the screen color.
In rare cases, the HDMI cable could be the problem.
Faulty cables can cause all sorts of image issues on your screen.
If you use your TV for multiple things e.g., cable, gaming, a Blu-ray player, and the blueish tint only happens when you are using one of them, then it is likely an issue with the HDMI cable.
Swap out the cable, and everything should be fixed. You can also try using a different HDMI port to see if it makes any difference.
3. Change The Warmth Settings On Your TV
How you do this will vary based on the TV model that you have. If you Google your TV model, then we are sure that you will be able to find the instruction manual.
In most cases, the warmth settings for your TV will be buried somewhere in the Menu > Picture/Image mode, normally under “Color” or “Visuals”.
If you have a blueish tint to your TV, then you want to turn the warmth settings up. This turns up the warmer colors, and it will reduce the bluer ones.
You can also play around with different picture modes, like Standard, Natural, or Movie. Click on them, and then adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color and Tint to get a more desirable result.
However, do bear in mind that this may not completely remove the blue tint on your screen. This is the case with some TV models.
It is all due to the way in which the LED lights light up the TV panel.
4. Factory Reset Your TV
If that doesn’t work, or you do not have warmth settings on your television, then you can always try a factory reset. Again, you will need to consult the manual for your TV here.
Usually, you will need to press Menu/Settings on your TV, and scroll down to the option that says Reset to initial settings/Factory reset.
Remember that a factory reset will literally reset everything on your TV.
This means all of your usernames and passwords (if you have a Smart TV) and all the audio and visual settings you have worked hard to set up.
This means that you may want to note those settings before you carry out a reset. You will lose everything.
5. Disconnect all External Devices
Sometimes there can be a miscommunication in between your TV and your external devices, especially if we are dealing with an old cable box.
- In this case, you need to disconnect all your external devices from the TV, reset it as mentioned in step 1, and then see if the blue tint persists.
If it is gone, the problem wasn’t with your TV, but rather with a connected device.
6. Replace Your TV
If your TV is on the older side of things, or you have just purchased it, then you may want to think about getting a replacement TV.
This assumes that you can’t get the settings quite where you want them. Although, of course, picking up a new TV will be expensive.
This is just going to be a last-ditch sort of thing. Most people will just learn to live with the blue tint.
Can a Blue Tint Develop On a TV Screen?
Many people notice that there isn’t a blue tint on their screen right away. Instead, the problem starts to develop much later on.
This isn’t uncommon. As your TV gets older, the LED backlight can start to fail. There may even be changes to the panel on your TV.
All of these can give the television a slightly blueish tint.
Over time, you may even find that the blueish tint starts to turn to a more purple one.
Although, that is something that only seems to happen with certain brands of television.
If your TV is a few years old, you can always try some of the above methods.
However, the sudden development of a blueish tint would indicate that the components are starting to fail, so it would probably be best just to replace the TV whenever you can afford to do so.
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A blue tint to your TV can be annoying. In most cases, it is due to the LED backlight bleeding through onto the TV screen colors.
It is going to be most evident on the lighter colors of your screen.
Here is a quick recap of everything we talked about in this article:
Adjust the warmth settings on your TV and you should be able to reduce, if not eliminate, that blue tint. On top of adjusting the picture mode and the picture settings, you should unplug your TV for a few minutes, inspect all the cables leading to the TV for any signs of damage, temporarily disconnect all external devices, and factory reset your TV as a matter of last resort.
If none of these solutions have helped you, your best bet is to take your TV to a professional repairman. Chances are, your backlights are damaged and need replacing.