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What is LCD conditioning?

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Display technology has come a long way from the boxy CRT displays we used to have back in the day. Now we have high-quality LCD, LED, and OLED panels that go as high as 8k in terms of resolution and produce colour-accurate images.

That said, modern-day display panels aren’t perfect either and sometimes require some work or calibration to get them looking their best. This article looks at LCD conditioning, what it is, what it does and everything else you need to know. 

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LCD Conditioning explained

LCD Conditioning is cycling different colours on an LCD panel to iron out any visual artefacts you might see on the screen. It restores the full functionality of your monitor and removes any image persistence problems you might be experiencing with your monitor. 

There are two ways LCD conditioning works:

  • By cycling your monitor through a series of full-screen colours.
  • Lighting all pixels in white for several hours (often used by Apple repair teams to fix displays). 

While there’s no defined method for the type of visual artefacts you might encounter on your monitor, depending on the actual panel, you might want to either pick one method or try both to see what works best. 

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How to condition your monitor?

Some monitors might have in-built LCD conditioning features, while some may require external software. Regardless, you can even condition your monitor without any software by just making your own images and cycling them manually on the display. Alternatively, you can just play any of the hundreds of LCD conditioning videos available on YouTube.

There’s no set period of time you need to condition your monitor, as it’s supposed to be different for each display. It’s a process you run manually and stop only when you’re satisfied with the results. The conditioning time also largely depends on how severe the image retention or artefact problem you’re experiencing might be, as more artefacts will require more conditioning time to clear out. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: