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7 Reasons Your TV Screen Is Yellow + How To Fix It (2023)

Why Is My TV Screen Yellow

Does your TV screen have a yellow tint when playing a video?

Or does it display a complete bright yellow background with no other details?

If so, I’m happy to tell you that we’ve got several solutions for that!

Regardless of your TV issue…

I promise, you won’t leave this post empty-handed *winks*

Read on to discover:

  • 7 common reasons why your TV screen is yellow.
  • 7 effective ways to remove the yellow tint on your TV screen.
  • How to tweak the TV color settings for great and comfortable viewing.
  • And that’s only the beginning…

Why is my TV screen yellow?

Your TV screen is yellow due to imbalanced picture settings and connection errors with the external devices. The TV screen will also appear yellow if the Blue light filter is enabled. Or the backlight tube is defective. Electronic glitches and a failed blue electron gun on a CRT TV are also likely.

7 reasons your TV screen is yellow + how to fix it

#1: imbalanced TV picture settings

Did you customize your TV picture settings before? 

Because if so, then that might be the reason why your TV screen is yellow.

TVs, especially smart TVs, have various picture settings. Which allows you to customize your TV screen appearance to your liking.

Here are the 4 common ones that greatly affect the color of the screen:

  • Contrast.
  • Hue/Tint.
  • White balance.
  • Color temperature.

Note: Depending on your TV model, your unit might have all or some of these TV settings.

How to fix it:

If your TV picture settings are imbalanced, you have 3 options:

  • Factory reset the TV.
  • Reset the TV picture setting.
  • Adjust each setting manually.

Let’s start with the easiest one…

Option 1: Reset the picture settings

Note: Depending on your unit, you can access the picture settings differently.

To give you an idea, see this instruction:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select either “Picture” or “Display.” 
  3. Click “Expert Settings” or “Additional Settings.”
  4. Tap “Reset Picture” or “Restore Defaults.”
Option 2: Adjust each setting manually

Here’s what you should do if your TV screen has a yellow tint:

White balance: set it to “Auto.”

Color temperature: set it to “Cool” or “Standard.”

Contrast: lower it by adjusting the slider to the left.

Hue/Tint: cool down the screen color by moving the slider to the right.

Learn more: What are the best picture settings for a Samsung 4K TV?

Option 3: Factory reset the TV

Factory resetting per se is technically easier than adjusting the settings manually. 

Warning: However, it deletes data and customization on your TV.

And that’s what makes it “harder” to do because you’ll have to set up your TV again after the process.

Note: Depending on your TV brand and model, the steps for factory resetting a TV vary.

But here’s how it’s typically done:

  1. Go to settings.
  2. Select “Support.”
  3. Click “Reset.”
  4. Then, tap “Factory Reset.”

Doing this turns your TV settings into factory default. And that includes its picture settings.

#2: Enabled Blue light filter” feature

If the video playing on your TV screen is yellowish

Perhaps the blue light filter feature on your TV settings is ON.

Note: On most TVs, it’s called “Eye Comfort Mode.”

As the name implies, this feature helps lower the cases of digital eye strains while you’re watching TV.


According to science, excessive blue light exposure apparently can damage your eyes. And even cause poor quality sleep.

Eye Comfort Mode helps prevent that by lowering the blue light on your TV. In return, the screen appears yellow than normal.

This feature is available on select TVs, including:

How to fix it:

If you want to watch a movie or show on its original grading…

Turn off Eye Comfort Mode on your TV.

Here’s how to do it:


  1. Go to settings.
  2. Select “Picture.”
  3. Click “Additional Settings.”
  4. Then, toggle off “Eye Comfort Mode.”

On Samsung TVs

  1. Go to settings.
  2. Select “General & Privacy.”
  3. Click “Intelligent Mode Settings.”
  4. Tap “Adaptive Picture.”
  5. Then, choose “Off.”

Note: The Eye Comfort Mode is turned off once you notice obvious changes in the TV screen color.

You might also want to know: 9 Easy Ways To Fix Samsung TV Black Screen of Death 

#3: Connection error between devices

“My TV screen went yellow after connecting an external device to it.”

If that’s the case, then the yellow screen must happen due to a connection error.

Note: A connection error can happen if the devices fail to communicate due to glitches. Or sometimes, incorrect setup.

How to fix it:

To fix this particular problem, refresh the connection of your devices. 

You can do this by disconnecting and reconnecting your external device to your TV.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  1. Turn off both your devices.
  2. Unplug the external device’s cable from the TV port.
  3. Wait for a couple of seconds.
  4. Reconnect the external device’s cable to the TV port.
  5. Turn on both devices.
  6. Then, change the TV input source to the correct setting.

#4: Damaged connection cable

Damaged Connection Cable

If the problem persists, check the cable for any signs of damage.

The reason:

A damaged cable can cause connection errors. 

As the signals from the external device won’t reach the TV if the wires are cut. Or if the cable isn’t connected completely to the port due to damaged pins.

Note: Cable pins are the small yellow/gold components at the ends of the cable. This is what connects your external device to the TV.

How to fix it:

Suppose the cable is damaged, replace it immediately.

Tip: For better performance, get replacements directly from your TV manufacturer.

Here’s how to know if your cable is unusable:

  • There are obvious signs of damage on it.
  • Your TV can’t recognize your connected external device.

#5: TV temporary malfunction

Your TV screen can also have a yellow tinge due to a temporary malfunction. 

And several things can cause that to happen. Including electronic glitches and software bugs.

Note: Electronic glitches and software bugs are device errors, faults, or defects. And they can develop either through internal or human error.

How to fix it:

One of the easiest and fastest ways to fix such errors is to reboot your TV and external device.

Note: A reboot refreshes your device’s system by restarting it. 

To do that:

  1. Ensure that the TV is powered ON. 
  2. Unplug the TV and external device from the power source.
  3. Keep them unplugged for 5 minutes.
  4. Replug the TV and external device into the socket.
  5. Then, turn on the devices.

If that didn’t work, try re-doing the entire process. But on the 2nd trial, keep the devices unplugged overnight.

#6: Glitch on the desktop’s graphics card

“I get a yellow screen whenever I connect my desktop to the TV.”

That can sometimes happen if your desktop graphics card is experiencing glitches.

Note: It’s a component responsible for displaying images on the desktop screen.

If it’s malfunctioning, the TV will receive insufficient signals from it. Which can sometimes cause a yellow tinge on the TV screen.

How to fix it:

To resolve it, reseat the desktop graphics card.

Doing this helps refresh the connection of the graphics card to your desktop. And so refresh the connection between your desktop and TV.

Suppose that doesn’t resolve anything. Try replacing your PC graphics card.

Need help with re-installing the graphics card on your PC? 

Then, watch this instructional video:

#7: Defective backlight tube

Suppose nothing above has worked…

Then the backlight tube of your TV must be defective.

Note: A backlight tube is used on LCD TVs. It’s a light component that helps display images on the TV screen.

And this can get damaged due to:

  • Old age.
  • Excessive use.
  • Physical impact.

“How would I know if it’s defective?”

The backlight may be defective if the yellow tinge on the TV remains even after changing sources.

You may also see if it’s damaged by examining the interiors of the TV.

How to fix it:

If you want to keep your TV, you may bring it to a service center. And have its broken backlight replaced.

But keep in mind that backlight replacement can be:

  • Expensive.
  • Hard to find.
  • Tricky to install.

So, if you don’t want to go through all that trouble…

Consider getting a new TV unit.

BONUS: Failed blue electron gun on a CRT TV

Are you using a CRT TV?

If yes, then its TV screen is yellow because the blue electron gun has failed.

Note: CRT TVs use electron guns to project images on the screen.

And colored CRT TVs have 3 electron guns that individually emit blue, red, and green lights.

Once the blue electron gun has blown up, your TV screen will display a yellow tinge. 

And that’s because when you remove blue from the white light, it results in yellow.

How to fix it:

Again, if you want to keep using your CRT TV, your best solution is to replace the blue electron gun.

However, this component might be more expensive than buying a new TV unit.

In that case, consider getting a new one to avoid hassles and ensure great performance.

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