I wanted to try SwitchRes X and I installed it. It broke my color profile. Now my screen look pink and I cannot calibrate. If I go to my color profile it shows:

Color Profile

and if I click on calibrate it shows:

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and I removed the application. It didn't fix my problem. I tried to find the original color profile and it is gone in <~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles> or <~User/Library/ColorSync/Profiles>.

Besides reinstall the whole system, is there a way I can restore factory color profile? Thanks.

  • What do you mean by ~User/? ~ is the home folder; / is the drive root. Try copying the file from /Library/ColorSync/Profiles (from the root of the disk, e.g. Macintosh HD).
    – grg
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 20:03
  • ~User means user's folder. For example admin or something you named. The profiles in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles are gone.
    – aeroxy
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 20:06
  • I uploaded the Color Profiles from my Mac. You can get them here: dropbox.com/s/u0q39z18q880ni3/Color%20Profiles.zip. Put them in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays/. Then select them in the Display pref pane. If that doesn't work, create a new user account and look in the Display pref pane using that account and see if it is there. PS: Make sure to uncheck the check box that says "Show profiles for this display only" Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 22:05
  • You should make it an answer so I can close this topic.
    – aeroxy
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 22:42

1 Answer 1


Per campyguy‘s post in https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/switchresx-cannot-remove-fully.1893707/, here goes how to get rid of the annoying "SwitchResX" prefix.

  • Open Terminal and enter the following Command: ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayPrefsKey
  • Return of last step should be ended like: ... AppleBacklightDisplay-610-a031, remember the "610" and "a031" hints.
  • Go to folder "System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides"
  • Find the file folder "DisplayVendorID-610" as per the hint.
  • Edit the file "DisplayProductID-a031" in text editor with super admin permission (such as "sudo vi" command), delete the "SwitchResX" word in the file.
  • Reboot. (Don't forget to delete SwitchResX profile files in your ColorSync folders /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays/ and ~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/

Hope this finds you well.

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