How to alter the white balance with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

White Balance
By James Richardson on 15 Feb 2014 01:48 pm EST

One of the many customizable options introduced with BlackBerry 10.2.1 was the ability to alter the white balance of your display. I'm not a user of this feature myself but I suspect many people will be and as we all know - options are always good. 

Having the choice to alter the white balance may well also have some battery saving implications as the brighter and whiter the screen - the more juice your BlackBerry 10 smartphone will use. 

With BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 we get a nice slider bar that at one end increases the balance to 'Cool White' and at the other to 'Warm White'. The 'cool' turns the white background to blue and the 'warm' to a yellow kind of sepia color. Depending on how far you slide the bar will depict how much the color changes. 

Making the alterations is extremely straight forward: 

  • Jump into Settings.
  • Select Display.
  • The white balance will be displayed in a sample text box with the slider bar under it.
  • Alternatively, you can just type the word 'display' into universal search for a quick shortcut. 

Remember, you can also dim your screen brightness on this same settings page to save on battery. 

Reader comments

How to alter the white balance with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1


I'd like to first say that I havent used that featured yet, but now that CrackBerry pointed to it I'll second a try now bcse of this article

You are soo mean.....isnt he kids? "Yeah Oscar, you're a grouch!"

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Ya know...It would be nicer if we all let the firsters and seconders be...Then I would not have to scroll through whole dicussions on how bad it is the be a firster and a seconder etc........Ya know!!!!

Posted via CB10

LOL! Nice. I got to it first Quick. I figured out a fun game for us....

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Glad to see it brings you joy to criticize people in an online forum.

Posted with my Q10 running

QuIcksIIv3r is a cool guy.
Is it something to do with him that all this argument is about?

Looks like something fun has been going on.

Plugged in my Z10 into 50 inch TV to watch World War Z that I had download onto my mobile. Now that it's finished, looks like I've wandered into another war.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Eh, steady on, I feel like I've just walked into a drive by shooting, steady our guys.

Let's all chill, hey its Saturday after all. Let's just breath slowly, keep those trigger fingers dry and all have a fun time.

Catapulted from my Z10.

I'm just joshin em! My comment doesn't even make sense. You're a moron for being a moron? WTF?!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Thanks OJ.

I can sense with you and Trance it's all fun and no real nasty, evil or malicious intend behind it, and that's the way it should be, with others sometimes I am not that sure. Even Quickie is alright and a good contributor if he's not on a fi(r)st rant... lol

Have a blessed Sunday

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Thanks Prem! Yeah it used to be a meanstreak with me when Quick and I "FIRST" started going at each other back with the first Typo article. Over time I just came to the conclusion that I just want to have fun.

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Yeah it's a nice option. I have it more to the cool white side. I don't like a yellow screen :/.

Posted via CB10.1 Q10

Which is why we desperately need a black background for the Hub/Email. It sucks going from black to white.

It's an awesome Feature! If you know f.lux you'll know why, if only you could automate it like F.lux

TechCraze C0008DDD1 :)

You must hate that song by snoop and dre. "It's like that and like this and ugh!" what's that song.....Next Episode or something. LOL!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Thanks man! And you're going to he'll. I keed! I keed!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Lol. I think so too! Or should I just say, "This". Lol. Ridiculous.

Response crafted in seconds on a Z30

Yeah. It's because of the model. I didn't know that I was missing this feature until I saw the "Why I hate my Z10 even more" video.

Posted via CB10

Better than time-based is using the sensors to tell when it is light and dark out and adjust accordingly. Seasons change, storms can make days dark.

Posted with my Q10 running

Anyone notice that the Q10 doesn't go been half as bright/white as the Z10? When you put the two side by side there's no comparison.


Also compare battery life and be "enlightened".

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

I got both. Like night and day. Battery and brightness that is... seems like you can't have both unless you go Mugen.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

I have both too. Battery life is definitely important, but the Q's battery has much more capacity, so I could deal with a bit less for a brighter screen. The battery is amazing on the Q.

Whatever they did to OS 10.2.1, my Q10 is much brighter. EXTREMELY happy!

I used my Q10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

My Z30 as well. I recommended this a couple of days ago....sweet. Now the screen is as bright at its highest setting as anything phone out there.

Posted via CB10

I find the brightness on my z30 is still to bright even on the lowest setting at night especially.

Proudly posted with a Z30 via CB10

The article needs to be updated to note that the STL 100-1 Z10 does not have this feature. It uses a different GPU from TI, and BlackBerry has no drivers to access that setting - if it even has such a setting.

Posted via CB10

Mine is so fricking BRIGHT on my Q10 I have to wear 2 pair of sunglasses and with my setting that high my battery dies in 10 minutes! You can see the screen from outer space, now thats FRICKING BRIGHT!, lol

Yeah, but with those awesome SuperAMOLED colors, my eyeballs agree that it's worth the shorter battery life to crank the brightness up!

I used my Q10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Good question.. nobody talks about that.. I feel like stupid.. Yeah tell us which one saves the battery? Cool or Warm?

Posted via CB10

They both do. They both darken the white by adding a blue or yellow tinge. Full cool white and full warm white are both dark and will save you battery life.

No option is available for z10 stl 100-01.....
Z10 screen sometime make me freaky .... why we dont have on stl 100-01....

Posted via CB10

With this update by Z30s screen Imho is the best darn screen out their even compared to the 1080p myths out there.

Posted via CB10

It's great ,but not for viewing pictures or video,I don't know how they could set it to default,when viewing pictures and videos,if they could ,that would be much better.

Thanks James, always good to see you guys highlighting great features on Blackberry.

Yeah, I lowered the light levels quite some time ago and can see difference in battery length of life a little longer.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Getting tired waiting for AT&T for upgrade to 10.2.1so decided to sideload instead. It works very smooth and I didn't lose anything that I backup. I did full restore. Now, installing apk files from Android too easy.

Posted via CB10

Unlock the phone. Only 35 bucks at GSMLIBERTY.NET. Then you'll never have to wait on AT&T or sideload again. I've unlocked three BlackBerry 10 devices using them, EXTREMELY reliable. All three are AT&T and all three are on OS 10.2.1 courtesy of Rogers and updated OTA, no sideload whatsoever.

I used my Q10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Ha, damn! I didn't realize that unlocking would allow you to get easy updates. I would have figured that it would only matter what companies sim was in, would regulate when you were getting an update.

STL100-1 is unfortunately the bastard child of Z10 devices. BlackBerry should swap them out for LTE versions free of charge, but I know they can't afford to.

I used my Q10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Now everyone here on stl 100-1 including me dont have the option and your the only person who does?

Posted on my Z10 Via CB10

Great! For the next OS release i'd like white balance for cloudy, sunny and tungsten. And also ISO up to 45000 and shutter speed of say 20fps.

Ooops sorry, wrong forum. Going to CanonAddicts now!

:) :) :)

Joking aside - pretty cool feature. (waiting to try it though grrrr!) Guess folks without much interest in photography will get it confused with display brightness, which btw is the bigger battery saver isn't it?

 Q1o

I like the feature. It's little things like this that help to make a BlackBerry phone a great phone.

Cheers. :)

Posted via CB10

Thanks CB, for those of us with reading difficulties a little snippet like this makes a big difference. Keep up the top tips

Posted via CB10

Does not work on the STL100-1... a disclaimer should be inserted somewhere in the article

Posted via CB10

This has made a big difference in my battery life. I'm now getting battery back to 10.2.0 levels again.

Posted via CB10 - Z30STA100-5/

Let's be real - this slider adds blue or yellow to the white, which means the "cool white" is white with blue color added, and "warm white" is white with yellow added. Your screen will be the brightest and whitest at 50%. Adding the blue or yellow will darken your screen.

Might make use of that feature. Definitely go for cool, yellow looks like a five year old tired laptop LCD

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Cool, I did not notice that before! Too bad it doesn't have a 'default' option (or like a snap around the center). I feel like I messed things up by moving it around now..

Why I cant update my always say "update is interrupted"..currently im using the leak version 10.2.1...please answer me.thank you

Posted via CB10

Using a Z10 with BB 10.2.1 for the last 48 hours has left me thinking that most BB users are delusional. While the keyboard and browser are exceptional, everything else is surpassed by Apple and Google's offerings. The device is painfully slow to navigate through the UI...anyone who disputes this hasn't used an iPhone or Android in 5 years. The BB HUB could be a great feature, but it doesn't handle conversation style email very well. Why can't I see previews of the message body!? This is a feature that almost all email clients have now but BB lacks. The efficiency gained by consolidating texts, email, BBM, and notifications is lost after you discover it still takes you numerous taps and swipes to get the data you're looking for. No swipe to delete? Really?

No apps, no apps, no apps. While the ability to side load JB android apps is nice, but they are slow to load and are occasionally missing some functionality. So if you are someone who relies on third party apps, look elsewhere. There are some comments about the android platform being rife with malware...I suppose that's true, however its considerably easier for BB to be malware free since they offer almost NO APPS.

This would be a great phone if it's only purpose was to check corporate email. Many Apple and Android users would agree, since many companies force you the use the terrible "Good Enterprise" app, which is absolutely atrocious. Sadly, most people want one phone that can handle both work and personal business well, and thats not the Z10. I'd love to have the Z10 as an exclusively for work phone, but it would mean I'd still have to carry around my android. It's a shame really, because the BB device and OS have so much potential.

You sir, are one lazy son-of-a-*coughitch*... don't fabricate, your comment doesn't make any sense at all. No apps? Maybe you're the one who hasn't used BlackBerry 10 for a year. Tell me about those iOS and Android stories... they released millions of apps the day they released the OS'? Stupid moron ahole!

Many many many customizations... wtf?
This OS could be fast, awesome, smart... but by no means CUSTOMIZABLE at all!
White balance uh, why better not offering some rocket-science LED color control built in?
Yeah, we know: Spurious business.

Customization my ass.