Apple used its most recent Spring Loaded event to introduce a number of new products as well as new features and security improvements. One of those features was the ability to adjust the color balance on an Apple TV set-top box automatically using an iPhone.

Apple has come up with a method of letting Apple TV owners automatically improve the viewing experience by using the light sensor on an accompanying iPhone to compare the picture against industry-standard specifications. It then adjusts the color experience to match those industry specifications in order to provide a more pleasurable viewing experience.

In order to take advantage of this process, you will need the following:

  • Apple TV hardware from 2015 or newer
  • An Apple iPhone with Face ID. That means you’ll need the iPhone X or newer (2017 onward)
  • tvOS 14.5 or later installed to the Apple TV
  • iOS 14.5 or later installed to the iPhone

Let’s get going and take a look at the steps.

Step 1: Make sure the iPhone you are using is unlocked and close to the Apple TV. Head to Settings on the Apple TV.

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Video and Audio menu option.

Step 3: You will see a set of options under the “Calibration” menu. Select the Color Balance option. If the option has a Not Required option, then it’s because your TV set doesn’t need calibrating.

Step 4: You will receive a notification on your iPhone. Make sure to follow the onscreen instructions. You will need to turn the iPhone around to make sure that the front-facing camera is facing the TV. You will need to hold the iPhone centered inside of the frame on the TV and keep it there until the progress icon is complete.

Step 5: Once the progress icon has been filled, select the View Results option to see the results of how your TV Has been automatically adjusted.

You will be given a side-by-side comparison of the old setting and the adjusted settings.

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