Datacolor ColorReader 4+

Color & Paint Matching App

Datacolor Inc.

Designed for iPhone

    • 2.9 • 39 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Matching paint color by eye is subjective. Job quality is not. That’s why you need the Datacolor ColorReader. It matches paint color with more than 90% accuracy. All at the push of a button. All in the brand of your choice. The ColorReader analyzes the color of a wall or object and matches it in less than a second to the closest paint color. For those who need to know paint color to do their jobs. No more matching by eye and searching through fan decks or color cards.

Paint confidently. Design confidently. DIY confidently. Be confident with color.

Highest Accuracy Across Popular Paint Brands
• Industry leading matching with more than 90% success rate
• Matches color to any uploaded fan deck
• Easy to use
• One-click analysis
• Ultra-portable
• Bluetooth®-connected
• OLED display for standalone device use (ColorReader Pro only)

Expanded capabilities through the mobile app:
• Build, save, and share color palettes
• Color measurement history
• Color scheme recommendations for harmonious color flow
• Get paint brand color name and number
• Get color values for measurements and color matches including RGB, Hex, CIELab, and more!
• QC functionality (ColorReader and ColorReader Pro only)

Backed by the Leading Precision Color Company
For more than 45 years, Datacolor’s passion for precision color has helped us meet the exacting needs of more than a million customers whose entire job depends on the accuracy of their colors.

What People Are Saying about ColorReader?
“This device is incredibly easy to use - and it’s dependable.”
John Metz - Haddon Painting

“I love it. It cut one hour of time off my desk.”
Debbie Deutsh – Interiors by Cornerstone

“In this industry, time is money. If I can’t get the exact color they want, I’m losing time and material costs. “
Jon Ipock – ProTastic Painting

“I have not stopped using it in matching colors to fabric and wall covering. It has saved me so much time in trying to match with paint chips.”
Vincent Wolf – Vincent Wolf Associates, Inc.

“There are many contenders in this field, but this in my opinion is the only one that provides the best balance between accuracy, ease-of-use and price. Whatever color you read with your ColorReader will be matched against those fan decks and the best matching returned. This is a much better alternative to purchasing multiple paint samples and trying them out, and is in my opinion the best bang for the buck.”
Amazon Customer

“Bought this (the lower cost one) because it seemed there had to be a better way than trying to match paint swatches to what is on the walls now. Setup was straight forward, and the app is fairly easy to use to take readings. The device accurately identified a swatch that I had, and it was straight forward to take multiple readings of the long ago painted walls in our old house.“
Amazon Customer

What’s New

Version 3.23

Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

All names are taken 7 ,

No colors of not connected

The most obvious end-use of this is to buy paint at a store after you’ve matched colors on a wall somebody else painted. But this app requires you connect to the color reader before it’ll do anything at all, including pulling up saved colors. What’s the point?

Guitarmd1 ,

A fun toy, but…

I finish custom furniture and cabinets for a living; although I wasn’t expecting perfection, I thought this might be useful in my work. Out of about a dozen known color samples, it got 1 exactly right. The others were maybe half in the ballpark and the other half not even close. I enjoy playing around with it, but in the grand scheme of things I wouldn’t consider it a very useful tool.

12nyjets ,


I’m a painting contractor and we only use Benjamin Moore colors. I scanned 2 freshly painted areas one with bone white one with white dove and was unable to detect the two colors. As it turned out when I searched the fan deck for these 2 colors on the app neither exists. They really needed to have all of their colors updated before they launched this device/app. Wish it worked it would’ve made my life a lot easier

App Privacy

The developer, Datacolor Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • User Content
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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