iPad Yellow Screen? Here Are The Reasons Why and Fixes

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Updated On Oct 18, 2023 Published On Jun 15, 2022 iPad

Did you know that the blue rays being emitted by your gadgets' screens can disrupt your sleep cycle? This blue light tricks your brain into thinking that it's daytime. As a result, you tend to feel exhausted.

This is just one of the side effects of the blue rays. Thankfully, Apple introduced features to turn the iPad screen yellow. The yellow light is known to be easier on the eyes and does not hamper your sleep cycle.

Even though the yellow screen is useful, sometimes you want to turn this off and may face some issues doing so. This could happen mainly due to a glitch or a minor software bug. While you can fix this glitch by rebooting your iPad, the issue can persist in some cases.

If you are looking for a solution to remove the yellow screen of your iPad, we have some perfect tips for you!

>Why is My iPad Screen Yellow

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Why is My iPad Screen Yellow?

The reason why your iPad screen is yellow is that you may have turned on some features. Read on below to find out more about this.

Night Shift Mode Is Enabled

The most common reason for the iPad screen being yellow is the Night Shift feature being turned on accidentally. In that case, you need to turn it off manually.

Night Shift enables you to filter out the daytime colors or blue rays in order to put less strain on your eyes while using your iPad in dark or bad lighting conditions. Due to this filter, your screen gets a yellow tint on top.

There are several ways to turn off Night Shift Mode. The easiest and most convenient way is through the Control Center. Follow the steps below:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the Control Center.
  2. Next, press and hold the Screen Brightness icon until brightness options appear.
  3. Lastly, tap on the Night Shift icon to turn it off.

Another method to turn off Night Shift is through the Settings app:

  1. First, head over to Settings.
  2. Scroll and select Display & Brightness.
  3. Then select Night Shift. 
  4. Tap on the toggle beside Manually Enable Until Tomorrow.

Night Shift Mode

True Tone Is Turned On

Another reason behind the iPad yellow screen could be True Tone. This is another feature of Apple that automatically calibrates the colors and brightness on your iPad screen to suit the surrounding lighting conditions.

To disable the True Tone display, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch your iPad and open Settings.
  2. Next, tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Lastly, tap on the toggle beside True Tone to switch it off.

Disabling True Tone

After making these changes, perform a forced restart of your iPad:

If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold the top (power) button and the Home button simultaneously. Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

For other iPad models, press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button, and finally, press and hold the top (power) button. Release the top button when the Apple logo appears (this might take 10-20 seconds).

Disabling True Tone should wipe out the yellow cast on your iPad screen, and you can go back to using it conveniently again.

Color Tint Settings

If the error persists, we suggest adjusting the Color Tint on your iPad as well. The steps are as follows:

  1. Open the iPad Settings.
  2. Tap the Accessibility option.
  3. Select Display & Text Size, and then Color Filter.
  4. Enable the Color Filter option.
  5. Then select Color Tint.
  6. Drag the intensity slider to the far left.

Color Tint Settings

Outdated Software Version

Another quick and easy troubleshooting method is to update the iPad software. Apple regularly screens for bugs and glitches in the iOS interface and provides system updates to fix the issues whenever it identifies an irregularity.

To update the iPad software, follow the steps below:

  1. Head over to Settings > General.
  2. Next, tap on Software Update. Any pending update will appear here.
  3. Tap Download and Install or Install Now to start installing the pending updates.

Once the update is completed, reboot your iPad to register the new changes completely. If the update fixes the problem, you will not have to bear with the iPad yellow screen anymore.

update the iPad software

Check for Possible Glue Yellowing

When electronic devices generate heat, the glue holding the screen together can be affected. This is because the heat can break down the molecular structures in the glue, causing it to turn yellow.

When the glue changes color, it acts like a filter, making the screen appear yellow. It can also affect the balance of colors, making whites look more yellowish, and it might reduce the screen's brightness and clarity.

So, when the glue holding the screen in place turns yellow due to heat, it can make the screen itself look yellow, and this can impact how you see colors and images on your device.

In this situation, we recommend scheduling an appointment to have your device inspected at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider from this list. They will assess your iPad and provide you with the available options to resolve the problem.

Due to Potential Display Issues

Tweaking the Night Shift mode, True Tone, adjusting the Color Tint and updating iPadOS should fix the iPad yellow screen problem. However, if the problem persists, your display might have some sort of hardware problem.

This could result from direct damage to the screen and you might have to consider contacting Apple support to fix your device, which is the safest solution because the geniuses at Apple are better equipped to deep dive into the actual issue.

If they cannot fix your iPad, you can claim a new device if the defective one is still under the warranty period.


Although the yellow screen is healthier for the eyes, it is not always the most comfortable display tone especially if you're into graphic design.

We hope you can address the root of your iPad's yellow screen display complication with the help of this article.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or Android device or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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