Samsung AMOLED Red Tint Problem

Samsung AMOLED Red Tint Problem

Samsung flagship devices use their best AMOLED screens which are sometimes susceptible to the infamous Red Tint Problem and here is what you should know-

Samsung’s AMOLED screen has always been fun to use. it has great colors, sharp image output and it’s quite energy efficient as well. The technology is so popular that a number of companies have been incorporating AMOLED displays in their phones. However, the AMOLED display on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 left fans a little disappointed. There were a number of complaints all over the internet about the S8 and S8+ smartphone’s AMOLED display having a red tint. The red tint messed with the screen’s color output and compromised the user experience of many customers. This weird tint was even more noticeable when compared with the screens of other flagships that the S8 was competing against.

Samsung AMOLED Red Tint Problem

To counter this problem, Samsung released an update that allowed users to manually adjust the RGB output of their screens. This update provided a fix for the red tint issue. However, installing this update will not automatically fix your screen. It will only give you access to new color adjustment options. You will have to go to these options through the phone’s settings and fine tune your screen’s output. Before we take a look at how can we do that, let’s discuss Samsung’s response to this problem.

Samsung AMOLED Red Tint Problem

What Did Samsung Have to Say?

The company faced a fair amount of backlash from the public. Their pricey flagship seemed to be defected and was definitely compromising user experience. The company responded by saying that this wasn’t a manufacturing defect at all. Samsung stated that the red tint was present because of the nature of the AMOLED screen being used on this phone.

However, Samsung’s statement wasn’t able to cover the fact that users were facing serious problems with their displays. Some people reported that the red tint in their screens was so visible that even adjusting their screen’s color settings wasn’t effective. Other users stated that the intensity of the red tint varied across their screens. Cases like these wouldn’t benefit from the color adjusting update at all.

If your S8 or S8+ has a visibly red screen, you can try making it better by adjusting your screen’s colors. This might not provide you with a complete fix, but it may help make the red tint more bearable.


Adjusting Your Screen’s Colors

In order to fix your phone’s display, you will have to go into your phone’s settings and adjust its white balance. Prior to the software update, you only had a few white balance presets that you could choose from. But after the latest update, you can actually tweak the intensity of each primary color in your phone’s display.


Here is what you need to do:

  • Open your phone’s settings and find the Display tab. Open this tab in order to access your phone’s display settings.
  • In here, you will find a tab called “Screen Mode”. Tap on it and you will be led to a number of white balance presets for your phone’s screen.

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  • Scroll down further and you will find a bar that lets you set the warmth of your white balance. Decreasing the warmth of your screen’s white balance will reduce the red tint.
  • If the color balance bar is not enough, you can scroll down further to access advanced display options. Select this and you will find sliders that will let you adjust the Red, Green, and Blue tints of your screen.

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  • The advanced options let you make finer adjustments. But bear in mind that adjusting your screen’s color balance manually can be tricky. You need to maintain a balance between the three colors in order to maintain normal colors. Simply reducing the red bar will make your screen look yellow. You will also have to tweak the green and blue bars.

The best way to do this is by placing another phone next to yours. Keep both screens on and adjust your phone’s color balance until it matches that of the other phone.

  • After you have adjusted the RGB balance to your liking, you can scroll down some more to find an option to adjust the Screen Edge Color Balance. Select this option and another color balance temperature bar will appear. Fiddle with this bar until your screen edge’s color balance matches with the rest of the screen. Bear in mind that adjusting your phone screen’s edges will restart your phone. Only do this if you don’t need your phone for a while.

Samsung provided a bunch of options that let people tweak the color balance of their screens. What’s nice about these options is the fact that users can carry out some really fine adjustments. However, this doesn’t change the fact that Samsung’s flagship phone was released with an obvious screen coloring problem. Not only was this embarrassing for the company, it was also unfair for its customers. Flagships have become really expensive lately, and the S8 and S8+ were no exception. Both phones had hefty price tags.

Hopefully, the screen color balance adjustment update resolved the problem for most people who were facing it. We do know that some of the more serious cases (with red tint blotches on the screen) did not benefit from this update.



The S8 and S8+ phones’ super AMOLED screen had an obvious red tint that annoyed a lot of customers. Despite the fact that Samsung stated that nothing was wrong with their screens, a lot of people were plagued with the red screen issue. In order to resolve the problem, Samsung released an update that allowed users to adjust the white balance of their phone screens. This update kind of provided a fix for the problem, but not for everyone. Some people continued to face the issue even after fine tuning their screen’s color balance. It goes without saying that phone manufacturers should be more responsible about how their quality control. Especially when they are ready to make such bold claims in their marketing campaigns and charge customers so much money for devices that lose their monetary value so quickly.

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