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Adjust your screen color in the Android N Developer Preview

Your options used to be limited: you could take the shiny new phone back and hope the second one doesn't have that tint, assuming that the store will let you do the exchange. You could root it and use a color calibration tool in a third-party ROM or root app. Or you could keep the device and hope a future system update fixed the color calibration.

No more. Now, we can calibrate the display to our own liking in the Android N Developer Preview.

Unlike Night mode, this is the first time screen calibration has appeared in a Developer Preview, and as such there's always a chance that this feature may not make it to the final build. It may also change over the course of the Developer Preview, and it would be welcome as there are some improvements that can be made to the tool as it stands now.

In the System UI Tuner, there's a new category called Color and appearance. It hosts Night mode and an option to Calibrate display. When you tap Calibrate display, a screen will pop up with three bars: Red Green and Blue. All bars are automatically set at full, so if you want to increase the blue in your screen, you'll bring the red and green down rather than pull the blue further up.

Adjust your bars, hit apply, see if it works.

At the moment, the controls are a bit hit or miss, and at least part of that is because you can't see the changes until you hit Apply. Thankfully, if you went overboard with your corrections, there's a 10-second window to preview your changes, and if you don't accept them in that window, they'll revert to their previous settings.

It may take a few tries to get it right, between not seeing the results till you apply and the controls not being as fine as some people may like, but it's more than we had before, and there's always room to improve it with feedback. Remember that, folks: the Android N developer preview is about giving feedback, so if you see something you think needs changing, say so. You can submit feedback in the main settings tab by tapping the menu button and selecting Help & feedback.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

16 Comments
  • If there isn't a "Return to Default" button in there I doubt this makes it to release. It's pretty cool though so hopefully it stays in there in a well buried menu.
  • Return to default is easy at the moment: drag all the bars to full. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Slide all the bars to the right.
  • This has been one of the main reasons for me to root my phones over the years. It would be a nice feature.
  • You can change the DPI as well, right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great! NEXUS 6 and big hands, a win win.
  • So this will do nothing as far as changing how the color white looks grey on most AMOLED displays (I'm looking at you Nexus 6 and 6p), correct? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Finally, awesome! dreaming of electric sheep
  • I love how Google is embracing ROM features from the modding community Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now THIS is awesome! I liked the boldness, vibrancy, and beauty of the colors on the OLED on my old Nexus 6, and even more so, the SuperOLED on my even older Note 3 so much more than the colors on the LCD on my current iPhone6+..... ......HOWEVER.....the white balance on this thing is pretty much spot on perfect! And the bright, crisp, vivid, brilliance of the white is....well....downright refreshing!! The whites on both my Androids, by comparison, were dingy and uninspiring. They looked okay if it was the only phone around, but set it right next to the Apple, and it becomes like an oppressive and depressing gloom cloud! What makes this feature so exciting to me is the "best of both worlds" prospect it offers! The whites of Apple's LCD, and the shockingly bold, beautiful colors of a Samsung, or even a Nexus....all in one display! The possibilities are staggering!!!!
  • CyanogenMod had this since ages.
  • Maybe Google could come up with something new finally and not just borrowing features from custom roms that's been there for ages. Posted via the Android Central App
  • CM has it for ages and it's definitely awesome. Can't own any phone without CM roms in it. Looks like Google starts relying on the aftermarket community. Posted via the Android Central App
  • cool!
  • My phone screen turned black because of the work
    How does it tell you to pre ?????????????????
    Please help urgent
    I do not like to be reset phone
    Nexus 6 model