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How to turn on Grayscale on iPhone or iPad: 4 Easy Ways!

You may not be aware that Apple’s iOS has a setting for grayscale (or grayscale for our friends in the UK and Canada) on your phone’s display. The question, “Why would I want my display in black and white rather than in color?” may come to mind initially. You might prefer to see your smartphone screen in black and white for several reasons. For people who are colour-blind, the iPhone’s grayscale display might make the screen easier to read. Second, grayscale can prolong battery life if your battery is getting low, and you know it will be some time before you can charge it. Third, according to some experts, adopting grayscale on your iPhone may help lessen or cure phone addiction. How to activate grayscale mode on your iPhone or iPad is shown below.

  1. From Accessibility Settings

Since grayscale is an accessibility feature, you can enable or disable it on iOS from accessibility settings as shown in the following steps:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Accessibility, followed by Display & Text Size.

  1. Tap on Color Filters

  1. Enable the toggle next to Color Filters and select the Greyscale option to change iPhone to grayscale.

  1. To disable grayscale, turn off the toggle next to the Color Filters option in Step 4.

2. Ask Siri

If you don’t want to alter any Settings on your iPhone, simply invoke Siri and command “Turn on Grayscale.”

This is the simplest method!

3. Using Automation

You can also turn your iPhone into grayscale at a specific time, like a sunset or after performing some action. This is possible with the help of automation in the Apple Shortcuts app.

Turn on Grayscale Using Automation
Follow these steps to create an automation to activate grayscale automatically on iPhone:

  1. Install and open the Apple shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Automation tab at the bottom.

  1. Tap on Create Personal Automation or tap on the (+) icon at the top followed by Create Personal Automation.

  1. Select the trigger action for grayscale, i.e., specific time, focus mode, an app, etc. For instance, I select the Time of the day followed by Sunset. Tap on the Next/Done button.

  1. Tap the Add Action button and search for the Color filter. You will see Set Color Filters options. Tap on it.

  1. Tap the Next button and turn off Ask Before Running. Also, tap on Done to create the automation.  

4. Enable Grayscale from Control Center

If you have added the Grayscale colour filter in the Accessibility shortcut, you may easily access it from Control Center.

  1. Go to Settings → Control Center.
  2. Tap the plus sign beside the Accessibility Shortcuts.

  1. Now open Control Center by swiping down the right side of your screen. On iPhones with Home Button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Accessibility Shortcuts icon.
  3. Select Color Filters.

Everything will now only be displayed in black and white on your iPhone. However, screenshots and photographs on other devices will still be seen in colour. This explains why the screenshot up top is still in bloom. If you are colour blind, choose the tint or filter best suits your eyesight and modify the settings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will screenshots also appear grey if the grayscale colour filter is enabled on iPhone?

It’s interesting that a grayscale screen capture produces a colourful picture. The image directly above is also deceptive since it depicts the grayscale setting while the screen is still in colour. When you activate the setting, it will seem grey.

  1. How do I make my iPhone 6 grayscale?
  • Select Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Color Filters.
  • Toggle Color Filters on and select Grayscale.
  1. How do I get rid of Grayscale on my iPhone?

Turning off Grayscale on your iPhone is simple, but here’s what to do if your iPhone is stuck with the black-and-white screen.

  1. Should I use grayscale?

Both iOS and Android offer the option to set your phone to greyscale, which can help those who are colourblind and let developers more easily work with an awareness of what their visually impaired users are seeing. For people with full-colour vision, though, it makes your phone drab. Perfect!

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