Washed Out Display After Your Mac Wakes Up? No Problem

Mac OS X can help save a few pennies on your electricity bills thanks to its built-in Energy Saver features, but sometimes it causes unexpected side effects. One that's especially annoying is seeing washed out colors after waking up your display.

Getting your display back to normal if your colors are washed out or look faded after waking up only takes a couple of steps, and it doesn't require restarting your Mac.

  • Start by choosing Apple menu > System Preferences.
  • Select the Displays PreferencePane.
  • Click the Color tab.

The Color tab kills washed out display colors

Your display's colors should return to normal as soon as you click Color.

This is an issue I've seen most commonly on Mac laptops that also use an external display. Regardless of which type of Mac you use, the washed out display issue is really annoying, but at least the fix is quick and easy.