Fix macOS / OSX White-Washed Display

As part of the display brightness feature of the new OSX Catalina, I’ve noticed my display will sometimes get a bit white-washed in order to provide maximum brightness in settings with lots of light (such as outside).

This feature can come in handy for some, but it also seems to be a bit buggy and can become ‘stuck’ leading to an apparently white-washed, un-saturated display where the colors are all flat and the blacks are clearly not black.

White-washed Macbook Pro 16 inch

The steps to resolve this issue if your display seems to be stuck in this mode:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Navigate to Displays
  3. Click the “Color” tab
  4. Change the “Display Profile” to any other profile.
  5. Change it back to your preferred display profile (Color LCD is default)

Upon changing the display profile, the saturation/contrast issue should be resolved.

System Preferences Pane with Displays Highlighted
Color Settings on Display Preferences