What is IPS Glow? How to reduce it in 5 Easy Steps

If you use a monitor with an IPS display, you will see some patches of pixels glowing on the monitor’s corners. 

You might have wondered about it and thought that it was a defect in the monitor. I would help you know what IPS glow is and all the details about reducing it.

What is IPS Glow?

IPS Glow is an occurring natural glow of some pixels around the corners of the computer monitor and occurs commonly in IPS monitors.

To check the IPS Glow, you can check the monitor in a dark room. In the presence of light, the IPS glow will not be identifiable.

Then, is IPS Glow a monitor defect or normal? IPS Glow is commonly seen in backlit IPS monitors and is not a defect. IPS Glow is a drawback of the In-Plane Switch Technology (a.k.a IPS Panel Technology). The IPS glow happens if you look at your monitor at off angles.

ips glow and how to fix it

IPS Glow Compared to Backlight Bleed

You may even wonder about another display problem where you will see some glow coming from the edge of the monitor. That is also known as Backlight Bleeding.

You may get confused if your display issue is IPS Glow or Backlight Bleed. 

If your monitor glow happens in the corners and not in the edges, IPS Glow is the problem.

You can check IPS Glow vs Backlight Bleed to know the differences in detail.

How to Reduce IPS Glow?

IPS Glow may distract you during gaming. However, it does not bother much in terms of display experience. 

These are the 5 ways you can reduce IPS Glow effectively:

1. Making changes in External Lighting of the Room

The IPS Glow is visible mainly in dark rooms or if your room is not well lit. You can adjust your room lighting to provide sufficient lighting.

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This would reduce how much IPS glow you were previously noticing in your monitor.

2. Adjusting the Viewing Angle

You can adjust the viewing angle of the monitor tilting vertically. You will notice the IPS glow would change as you tilt the monitor.

Now, keep the viewing angle adjusted after you are satisfied with the Glow reduction.

3. Increasing/Decreasing screen Brightness

You can increase the screen brightness or decrease it till you see the IPS glow is minimal across the edges. However, I would recommend doing the lighting adjustment in the room, viewing angle first. 

4. Changing the Monitors Viewable distance

Following the initial steps would solve 60-70% of the problem. To solve this further, you can adjust the distance of the monitor to your eyes and check the glow on the sides of the monitor.

5. Reset the Monitor Settings and Calibrate Colour Profile

This would reset the preset monitor settings, including colour profile, resolution and other display settings.

You can even calibrate your monitor colour profile and make the monitor look at its best. Many times with colour, brightness, contrast tweaks also helps to reduce the IPS Glow.

You can also use a hardware colour calibrator to calibrate your display.

Trying to Reduce IPS Glow with Microfiber Cloth

This step is only to be done using a microfiber cloth only as other types of cloth may have dust that may scratch your display. 

You can use your microfiber cloth to rub on the corners of the monitor gently. Please do not rub the display with pressure. This step is actually to help the liquid crystals get to action if they are lying stagnant in some position, causing a glow.

FAQ’s on IPS Glow

How much IPS Glow is acceptable?

You need to check the IPS monitor screen with dark background images and playing games with dark backgrounds. Dark background images will help you know if the glowing present on the corner of the screen is distracting you. Normally, with a good quality monitor, the IPS glow remains at an acceptable level.

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Does IPS Glow improve or get worse?

Normally, the IPS Glow does not improve. It also does not get worse with time. The IPS Glow remains as is with your monitor.

Conclusion

IPS glow is commonly seen in computer monitors and laptop screens. My old laptop also has an IPS Glow problem. However, that is manageable. 

I hope if you follow the steps mentioned, it will reduce the IPS flow. However, I would like to say you cannot remove the IPS glow in your monitor completely.