How to Color Calibrate Your Mac’s Display

If you only use your Mac for browsing the Web, sending and receiving email, and working in a word processor, it’s probably not all that important for it to display accurate colors. However, if you work with photos or videos, or even if you like to watch movies in the best possible conditions, color calibrating your display is essential.

The calibration process tweaks a number of settings to get the colors and contrast on your Mac as accurate as possible. It does this by changing the intensity of the main colors — red, blue, and green — and setting the white point, or the neutral white color that you see when, say, you open a new document in a word processor.

It’s easy to color calibrate your Mac’s display, and you can do so quickly by eye, or you can use additional hardware to get your colors exactly right. Here’s how you can do it.

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3 thoughts on “How to Color Calibrate Your Mac’s Display

  1. Hey, Kirk! I see in this very recent article that you’re able to color calibrate a MacBook Air M1 with a color calibrator. I just got my MacBook Air today. Did your calibrator work right out of the box with the new M1 MacBook Air? Does the SpyderPro have a USB-C connection? I have an X-Rite iDisplay Pro, which has a USB 2 or 3 connection. With the new MacBooks only having USB-C ports, I got an adaptor (Satechi Multiport Pro) and I tried to use it to connect the calibrator to the MacBook Air but it’s not being recognized by the computer at all and I can’t calibrate my screen with it. I’ve resorted to loading the old ICC profiles from my properly calibrated MacBook Pro 2015 and it’s close-ish but not perfect. I need the colors to match prints so I’d love to get this figured out.

    • The Spyder has USB-A, but I have a USB-A > USB-C adapter, that I’ve been using since I bought the first 12″ MacBook back in the day.

      Have you checked to see if the X-Rite software is up to date and compatible? I had previously owned a Spyder 5, and the company sent out an email a couple of months ago saying they wouldn’t be offering an update to the software, but giving a deep discount on the new model. (And I quickly sold the old one on eBay.) It worked just as well as the previous one did pre-Big Sur.

      • My software is the most current version but I may have to move to Spyder, bummer. It looks like the calibrator itself is functioning. The light blinks, which was more than I got last night when I commented, and I was able to do untethered* profiling with it using another calibration software (DisplayCAL) but neither the native X-Rite calibration software nor DisplayCAL were able to run an actual calibration. I’ve uninstalled, re-installed, and restarted more times that I can count. I tweeted at X-Rite. Maybe they’re working on it.

        *I don’t actually know what this means. I was just clicking buttons and settings and this happened to show me a colored box, I put my calibrator over the display where the box was to “measure” it, and a resulting colored box was logged – this happened with 34 different colored boxes. I clicked Finish once the measurements were done and a profile was created but it wasn’t accurate. So, I’m pretty sure the calibration tool works but none of the software does. Ugh.

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