No matter how good a display, the idea of perfect color calibration is subjective – some prefer warmer, more saturated colors, while others prefer the quieter, cooler side of the color spectrum. It is almost impossible to create a single-color calibration that anyone can agree on immediately. The Pixel 2 XL's display has been specially calibrated for a more realistic color profile.
This more accurate color selection was beneficial to photographers – the Pixel phones are known for their fantastic camera capabilities. However, this color calibration choice was triggered backwards due to a lack of understanding by the general public. Since then, Google has added a few new color profiles for inventory that can be swapped out of the device's display settings at any time.
If you enjoy improving your display with more finely-tuned settings than what the stock offers, it will be a treat for you! You can tweak the display at any time to make it better, or customize it to suit your personal preferences. Below, I'll walk you through the steps needed to optimize the ad and create your own custom color profile.
to access the color profile For tweaks, you must first download a kernel that supports such functionality. The ElementalX kernel has been an integral part of the custom kernel scene for many years and is also a trusted daily driver for all pixel devices today. You can go to the download page for Pixel 2 and select either Android Pie (9) or Android Oreo (8.1.0), depending on the OS version you currently have.
If If you're not sure what version you're using, go to your Settings app and tap System. Then go to "Over the phone". At this point, you can see in the "Android Version" section which kernel version you need to download. Flashing the wrong version of the kernel could result in a soft boot loop on your system, which is by no means an ideal situation!
Step 2: Flash the File in TWRP
If you downloaded the file using your phone, it should be in the Download folder by default unless otherwise noted. If you have used your computer, connect a USB cable so that you can transfer the kernel file to your phone's download folder. Now that you have downloaded the correct kernel file into your phone's internal memory, you can restart the TWRP recovery environment.
On the TWRP main menu, tap Install and navigate to the Download folder where the kernel file is located. Tap the kernel file, and then tap Swipe to confirm Flash to begin installing the kernel on your device.
After the kernel successfully installed on your system, you want to access all the goodies that come with a new custom kernel. In that case, focus only on the color profile of the ad. To customize the display settings, you need to install the official EX Kernel Manager app from flar2 from the Google Play Store.
This is a paid app, but it seamlessly integrates all the features of the ElementalX kernel with an appealing-looking user interface combined with an auto-flash feature, which makes updating as easy as possible. If you intend to work with custom kernel optimizations for all sorts of settings, not just for viewing, it's worth buying as a powerful root tool more than. It also works with many different custom kernels, not just ElementalX. Nevertheless, we have used this combination of kernel and app since the Galaxy Nexus Days of 2011 and did not look back!
Step 4: Grant permissions
Next, the EX Kernel Manager app will be prompted to grant superuser privileges the first time. Press "GRANT" in the Magisk pop-up window to gain access to any kernel optimizations you could ever wish for!
It is best to go to your device's system settings and tap the "Display" section. Tap "Advanced" and under "Colors" make sure you use the "Natural" option. It is advisable to do so before making any changes to the EX Kernel Manager app to make sure you start with the original calibration settings.
Now you want to go back to the EX Kernel Manager app and from the main dashboard you want to tap the menu button on the left (hamburger menu). Then tap on "Graphics" and then on "Advanced color control."
Now that you are on the main screen to calibrate the display, you will see a number of settings to suit your needs. Below we will explain each feature to help you better understand the impact it has on your display.
This option turns your display into a gray-and-white mode that is not usually fine-tuned for your RGB colors. In some cases, this could be its use, but for most, this is an unnecessary option that you can leave disabled.
The colors red, green and blue all have values of 256 The default setting is set to 0. Adjusting these values will increase or decrease the intensity of these colors, resulting in a warmer or cooler display temperature.
Most Smartphone Manufacturers I'd like to turn that number up to create the extremely vivid display colors we've become so used to today. Setting the value too low may result in a natural "washed-out" appearance. Setting it too high can cause a sunburn effect on the colors, especially if they are human skin tones. The default value is 32.
By setting this setting, you can control the brightness or darkness of the displayed colors. This can affect how dark or how bright the RGB colors can appear on the screen. If you set this value too low, even the brightest colors will be dark. If you set it too high, the display's white balance may be affected. The default value is 128.
The ratio of the brightest color to the darkest color. This directly controls how hard white balance and black balance appear on the display. The default value is 128.
If you have some degree of color blindness, this setting allows you to better match colors to the look of particular colors. However, this is a setting that most likely will not touch if you customize the display for personal use. The default value is 0.
Our Custom Color Profile
We like a warmer, colorful display with just the right saturation to make things look and feel good. You can use our settings as a starting point (screenshot below) or jump in and make your own changes to create a unique custom profile. Incidentally, this color profile looks pretty good when night mode (low-intensity night mode) is turned on.
If you have the colors, the For your ad, you want to make sure that the Apply at Boot option is turned on. When you've done that, tap the floating action button (plus sign) in the lower-right corner of the screen, then tap Save Profile. Enter any name and click the "Save" button. Now your custom color profile is stored in your internal memory for later use and can be accessed via the Load profile option.
The default folder for the profiles is in ElementalX kcal_profiles. You can share these profiles with anyone who has access to the app or save them to a cloud storage account for safekeeping. If you want to restore the defaults at any time, tap the arrow next to the item menu in the top right corner.
Now that you know how to customize the display on your device, you can create the perfect color profile yourself. It's quick and easy to use, and you can choose any number of custom profiles for any situation you need create. Have fun calibrating!