Distorted or Overexposed Google Chrome Colors After Latest Update

Currently, Google Chrome is the most used web browser in the world. It offers multiple features that make it the favorite of many.

Google Chrome is one of the browsers that uses the Chromium open-source project code base. However, Google adds its own features that set it apart from other Chromium-based browsers.

The browser recently received its stable update 103.0.5060.53. However, it seems that the update has brought several issues to the Google Chrome user interface where colors are distorted, washed out or overexposed.

Advertising

Distorted, overexposed, or washed out Google Chrome colors after 103.0.5060.53 update

According to several reports, Google Chrome update 103.0.5060.53 causes erratic behavior in the browser interface.

After the update, Google Chrome colors are displayed inverted in some segments of the user interface for some users.

Source

In other cases, Google Chrome colors are randomly washed out.

@googlechrome Team, this latest update is doing weird stuff to my browser window. Colors fade horribly (and randomly). Weird stuff. Version 103.0.5060.53 (official version) (64 bit)
Source

Also, some users report overexposure and HDR issues:

Overexposed on a non-HDR monitor

After today’s update to 103.0.5060.53, Chrome is completely overexposed.

My primary monitor: ASUS PG279Q (no HDR support)
Secondary monitor: ASUS PG27UQ (HDR enabled)

Source

For some unknown reason, when I enter a website that has bright white backgrounds, chrome suddenly increases the brightness to the point where the webpage, and the browser itself, is nearly unreadable. Once Chrome does that, it follows all the other tabs and drives me nuts.
Source

Official recognition, potential workarounds

A Chrome forum Community Manager confirmed that the Google team is already aware of the issue and is working on a fix. However, there is no ETA yet for its deployment.

Hi, thanks for taking the time to help bring this to our attention.

Our team is investigating reports of this behavior and working on a fix.
Source

In the meantime, there are workarounds you can try. The first works for Windows 10 and Windows 11 OS:

google-chrome-colors-distorted-overexposed-3
Source

The second workaround is for Windows 11 users only and involves doing the following:

Does forcing enable/disable chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark make a difference?
Source

Alternatively, there is another workaround that would help both Windows 10 and Windows 11 OS users:

Thanks a lot!! disabling hardware acceleration fixed it for now. I was losing my mind trying to figure out what was going on.
Source

We’ll update this story once new developments on the matter emerge.

PiunikaWeb began as an investigative tech journalism website with a primary focus on “breakthrough” or “exclusive” news. In no time, our stories were picked up by Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors and many more. Would you like to know more about us? Head here.

Leave a Comment