How To Invert the Screen Colors on the iPhone

Posted by Kale Havervold on April 13, 2017

We have all been in a situation where we are temporarily blinded by the sight of our iPhone screen turning on at full brightness. Whether you are checking your phone in the middle of the night or turning it back on after a movie at the theater, there are few things more annoying than that blinding light. While lowering your brightness or using the auto-brightness can help, that is simply not enough for some people.

If you hate this as much any many people do, there is a feature that many people don’t know about that can help lessen this pain you suffer from bright iPhone screens. Deep in the iPhone’s settings, there is an option to invert colors. This will turn the colors of your screen very wonky, and will lessen the harsh brightness of the iPhone screen. The look of the screen will remind you of a photo negative, in case you are curious.

However, this feature to be able to invert screen colors is for more than just reducing brightness. In fact, there are a number of other practical uses for this feature that many of us didn’t even know existed. Inverting the colors on the iPhone can help people with color blindness distinguish between colors, can help people with vision problems see the screen better and can help the screen become more legible for some.

So as you can see, this feature on the iPhone can have some real world benefit for a large number of people who many have trouble using a mobile phone on its default settings. While it can make the colors on your screen go a little bit wonky, many people are willing to sacrifice that luxury to have an easier and less painful visual experience with their iPhone. So without any further ado, here is a step by step guide about how to turn that feature on and off if you so choose. Note that the steps may differ slightly depending on what version of iOs you are using, but the following process will work on most updated devices.


Step 1: Click on the Settings app, and once inside, go to General.

Step 2: In that menu, locate and click on the Accessibility button.

Step 3: Then, in the Vision section of that menu, near the top, you will locate and click on the Display Accommodations button.

Step 4: You will see three different options in that menu, with the first being the option to Invert Colors. Toggle the switch to on and you will instantly see the colors change on your screen. Of course, if you feel like turning them off, simply toggle the switch back to the off position.

So now you know how to turn on the feature, but the problem is, it is a difficult feature to find and turn on and off numerous times. For example, if you prefer the default colors during the day, but inverted colors at night, you will be doing an awful lot of Settings changes each and every day, which can definitely be a little bit daunting and annoying. Thankfully, there is a better way and Apple has included it, much to the happiness of those who use this feature. iOs users have the option to set some Accessibility Shortcuts, one of which being the option to Invert Colors. Once you select that option as your accessibility shortcut, you will be able to triple-click the home button at any time to turn Inverted Colors on and off, no matter what menu you are in. This drastically shortens the time you would normally have to spend turning the feature off and on. Here is the step-by-step process to set Inverted Colors as your Accessibility Shortcut.


Step 1: Go to the Settings menu, and then click on the General button.

Step 2: From there, find the Accessibility button and tap on it.

Step 3: Once there, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu and you will see the Accessibility shortcut button.

Step 4: Hit the button and you will be left with a screen with six different options. Select the Inverted Colors options and now the shortcut will be set.

There you have it, you should now be able to easily turn this feature off and on in seconds by simply clicking the home button three times. While this feature may not be for everyone, it is a good idea to give it a try and see if you like it. It will take some getting used to most likely, but there is no doubting that it is better for your eyes, especially at nighttime or in the dark. Even if you only use Inverted Colors at night for some nighttime browsing or reading and then turn it off, it is better than subjecting your eyes to blinding brightness all day long.

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