How to calibrate the color Apple TV  with the iPhone

The latest Apple TV feature makes it easy to set the perfect colors.

Apple's latest tvOS feature, Color Balance, makes it incredibly easy to calibrate the color on Apple TV. With just a few clicks of the Siri remote and using your iPhone to take a quick measurement, your movies, Apple TV+ shows, and Apple Arcade games will look better than ever. Best of all, it works on both of the best Apple TV models — the Apple TV 4K and the Apple TV HD, so you won't miss out if you are still rocking an older set-top box. Here's how to calibrate the color on Apple TV!


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

Using the new Color Balance feature is quick and easy, but before you get started, there are a few things that you need to know. Color Balance requires an iPhone that supports Face ID, and it must be running iOS 14.5 or later. Also, for best results, Apple recommends that you set your TV's picture mode to one that isn't overly bright or one with highly saturated colors.


  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Color Balance.
  4. When the Color Balance prompt appears, hold your iPhone near your TV.

  5. When the Color Balance prompt appears on your iPhone, tap Continue.
    • If you do not see the iPhone prompt, lock your phone and then unlock it again.
  6. Turn the iPhone so that the front camera faces your TV.

  7. Position the iPhone so that it fits within the onscreen outline on your TV.
    • The Color Balance process will begin automatically when your iPhone is in the correct position.
  8. Continue to hold your iPhone within the onscreen outline until the measurement is complete.

  9. Click View Results.
  10. Click Use Balanced to save.


How to review color calibration results

After calibration, you can review your results at any time by going into the Color Balance portion of the settings app. Through this option, you will see the same comparison view from the calibration process, and you can swipe back and forth to review the changes. Selecting a view will set the color for your Apple TV accordingly.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Color Balance.
  4. Click View Results.

  5. Swipe left or right to review changes, then click on your preferred view to save.


How to reset color calibration

If you are unhappy with the color calibration results or want to start fresh, you can do that through settings. By using the reset option, your Apple TV will revert to its factory defaults, and you can perform a new calibration if desired.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Color Balance.
  4. Click Reset.

That is 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 absolute best at all times. No longer will you have to suffer through navigating your TV's clunky menu system or resorting to 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 certainly worth trying out.


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