Grayscale: How to Turn On Black & White Mode on Your iPhone Screen (2023)

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Did you know Apple's iOS has an option to set your phone screen to grayscale (greyscale for our UK and Canadian friends)? Your first thought may be, “Why would I want my display in black and white rather than in color?” There are a few reasons you might want to see your mobile screen in black and white mode. iPhone grayscale can make the display more readable for those who are color blind. Second, if your battery is running low and you know that it will be a while before you have the opportunity to charge it, grayscale can extend battery life. Third, some experts say that using grayscale on your iPhone might help reduce or break phone addiction. Here’s how to turn on grayscale mode on your iPhone or iPad.

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How to Change from a Color to Black & White Display on Your iPhone 

  1. Open the Settings app.

    How to turn on grayscale for iPhone
  2. Tap Accessibility.

    Turn off colors on your iphone
  3. Select Display & Text Size.

    only black and white filter for iphone
  4. Tap on Color Filters.

    make iphone only black and white with grayscale
  5. Toggle on Color Filters.

    enable grayscale iphone filter
  6. Tap Grayscale.

    iphone black and white with grayscale

Everything on your iPhone will now appear in only black and white coloring, but screenshots and photos will still appear in color when viewed elsewhere. This is why the screenshot above still appears in color. If you're color blind, you can select the filter or tint that works best for your vision and adjust the levels accordingly. 

Interestingly, when you do a screen capture of grayscale, the resulting image is still colored. And the picture immediately above is misleading because it shows grayscale turned on, but the screen is still colored. In actuality, it will appear gray as soon as you turn on the setting.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.