Why is my Sony TV Screen Purple Tint? (Easy Fixes!)

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Purple Tint can take over your Sony TV screen for many reasons, and we have some solutions to fix the purple tint before taking the TV to the repair shop!

This guide will give tips for removing the purple tint from your Sony TV picture.

How do I fix the purple tint on my Sony TV?

  • Unplug your Sony TV and wait 60 seconds
  • Update your Sony TV Firmware
  • Change your input/source to see if the issues persist
  • Check your Picture Color settings
  • Consider the possibility of backlight failures
  • Contact Sony Support

Above is a brief outline of this article. Now, let’s get into further details about each step.

Method 1: Soft Reset your Sony TV (All Sony Models)

Unplugging your Sony TV will perform a soft reset/power cycle

Unplug your Sony TV and wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in.

unplug your SonyTV from the socket

What does unplugging your Sony TV do?

Unplugging your Sony TV for around 60 seconds performs a soft reset of the system. This restart allows any updates downloaded in the background to install and start successfully and clears the system cache.

Performing the soft reset can help resolve the purple tint issue if it is a software problem causing picture issues.

Method 2: Update your Sony TV firmware

Keeping your Sony TV firmware on the latest version can help prevent issues from arising over time.

The Sony TV software should automatically update if connected to the internet through Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Sometimes updates can be missed or an installation can be interrupted and cause issues with your TV.

Old Sony firmware or a partial installation could cause the purple tint screen problem.

We strongly recommend that you update your Sony TV firmware.

This can ensure you have the latest software, access to new apps, and an improved viewing experience.

Keeping your Sony TV updated with regular updates improves your viewing experience and gives you better security & privacy protection.

How to update your Sony TV Software

If your TV is turned on, hit the HOME or APPS button on the remote.

Sony TV remote home button
Sony TV Remote Home Button

Now you will see the menu interface appear. Select HELP and then select SOFTWARE UPDATE from the menu on the right-hand side.

Method 3: Change your selected input device/source

Another potential quick fix for purple tint issues on Sony TVs is checking the other input devices/sources.

You can change the input device or source by pressing the “Input” button on the Sony remote, as shown in the image below.

Sony TV remote - Input button
Sony TV Remote input button

Once you have pressed this button, you are shown a list of available inputs. Inputs are the devices that are connected to your Sony TV. This could be a DVD player, Cable Box, Firestick .etc

You should navigate through your inputs to see if the purple tint issue is still present when changing the different inputs.

If the purple tint is only present on one or more of your inputs but the image normally displays on others, then this would suggest that your TV is fine, it may limit the issue to an external device (like those listed above) or an input device I/O issue.

What is an input device I/O issue?

I/O stands for input/output – it generally refers to the different ports on your TV like HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, USB.etc.

It is not uncommon for a port to become damaged or unusable after prolonged use or an extended period of plugging and unplugging cables into the same port.

I/O Input issue example:

The purple tint is only present on HDMI 2 – When you switch the device connected to HDMI 2 – the purple tint is still present.

This would suggest that you have a damaged HDMI 2 port.

Method 4: Check your Sony TV Picture Settings

Although it is unlikely that your picture settings are causing the purple Tint issue, it only takes a few minutes to check.

Method 5: Back Lighting Failure (Generally occurs in older Sony TVs)

A purple screen can be common on older Sony LED TVs when the purple light eventually bleaches the yellow phosphor.

Eventually, this will turn the LED screen purple.

How to prevent Sony backlight failure

Reducing your TV’s brightness is worthwhile if you are not yet at the failure stage.

When you initially purchase a Sony TV from your local electronics store, the brightness level can often be set to 100.

This excessive brightness can lead to issues over time.

Option 1: Call your local electronic repair store

If you believe that a backlight failure may be the cause of the purple tint on your Sony TV, it may be time to call your local electronic store so that they can diagnose the issue.

We recommend you perform your due diligence when selecting a local store for repairs, check their Google Reviews, and possibly get a secondary quote.

Should I replace or fix my Sony TV?

It is also worth considering buying a new TV if it needs repair.

Factor in the age of your Sony TV and the quoted cost of repairs, and it may be more economical in the long run to purchase a new TV. With older TVs, other issues may arise over time.

The costs of screen pairs for Sony TV can range from $125-$500 on average.

If your TV is over a few years old, you can likely get a brand-new one with comparable or better features.

Another thing to consider is that you’ll get a warranty period of at least one year with a new TV.

Option 2: Repair the Sony TV backlight failure yourself!

To the braver Sony owners, you can always repair the TV unit.

It is important to note that in doing this, you are assuming the risk of potentially causing more damage to your TV.

Another thing to consider is if your TV is still under warranty, you will more than likely void the coverage should you choose to attempt to repair the unit yourself.

Contact Sony Support

If none of our tips have helped resolve the Sony TV screen purple tint issue, then it might be time to consider contacting Sony support, as you may have a defective TV unit.

Sony may be able to advise you of other things to try or help diagnose the root cause of the issues.

I would strongly recommend contacting Sony before you consider any other fixes that may invalidate your warranty or cause further damage to your Sony TV.


Having a purple-tinted Sony screen can be an annoyance and unfortunately, the fixes range from quick and easy to long-winded and potentially expensive.

We hope this article helped you uncover the root cause of the Sony purple tint.