My iPhone Screen Is Negative! Here’s The Fix.

You just unlocked you iPhone, but the display doesn’t look right. All the colors are the opposite of what they’re supposed to be! In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone screen is negative and show you how to fix the problem for good.

Check Color Invert Accessibility Settings

The most common reason why an iPhone display looks negative is because Classic Invert is on. Classic Invert completely reverse the colors of your iPhone’s display.

Similarly, Smart Invert may be on. Smart Invert also reverses the color of your iPhone display, with a few exceptions. Images, media, and certain apps that support dark color styles don’t get reversed when Smart Invert is on.

To see if Classic Invert or Smart Invert are on, open Settings and tap Accessibility -> Display & Text Size. Look at the switches next to Classic Invert or Smart Invert. If one is on, tap it to turn it off.

turn off smart and classic invert on iphone

Check Zoom Filters

Zoom Filters can change the color scheme of your iPhone’s display when Zoom is on. Zoom is an Accessibility setting that can magnify portions of the iPhone screen to make it easier to read.

Make sure Zoom isn’t on by opening Settings and tapping Accessibility -> Zoom. If the switch next to Zoom at the top of the screen is on, try turning it off to see if that fixes the issue with your iPhone.

turn off zoom on iphone

If you use Zoom and want to leave it on, tap on Zoom Filter in Settings -> Accessibility -> Zoom. When Inverted or Grayscale Inverted are selected as the Zoom filter, they’ll make your iPhone screen appear negative when Zoom is on.

Try selecting a different Zoom filter to see if that fixes the negative screen issue on your iPhone. Tap None if you don’t wish to have a Zoom filter on your iPhone.

check iphone zoom filter

Are You Using Dark Mode?

If both Smart Invert and Class Invert are turned off and you’re still looking at a negative iPhone screen, it’s possible you have Dark Mode turned on. Dark Mode gives your iPhone a dark color scheme as opposed to the default light color scheme.

Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness. Look under Appearance to see which color scheme is set up on your iPhone. If Dark is selected, try tapping Light to see if that fixes the problem. If Light is already selected, but your iPhone screen is negative, move onto the next step.

Restart Your iPhone

While unlikely, it’s possible a software crash has made your iPhone display turn negative. Turning your iPhone off and back on can fix minor software problems.

If your iPhone has Face ID, press and hold the side button and either volume button until slide to power off appears on the screen. If your iPhone doesn’t have Face ID, press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears.

turn off your iphone

In either case, swipe the red and white power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait about a minute to let your iPhone fully shut down. Then, press and hold the side button (iPhones with Face ID) or power button (iPhones without Face ID) to turn your iPhone on again.

Contact Apple Support

If none of our previous tips have fixed your negative iPhone screen, it’s time to reach out to Apple for additional help. It’s more likely than not your iPhone has a hardware problem that needs to be repaired, especially if you’ve recently dropped your iPhone or accidentally exposed it to liquid.

Visit Apple’s support website to find out more about your repair options. Apple provides in-person, mail, and online support. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you plan to head into your local Apple Store. Otherwise, you may spend hours waiting for help.

Turning A Negative Into A Positive

You’ve fixed the problem and your iPhone display looks normal again. Make sure to share this article to teach your friends and family how to fix a negative iPhone screen. Leave a comment down below with any other iPhone questions!

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Eileen Acosta Almeyda
23 days ago

I ended up having to call Apple Support because this route to fix my Negative screen didn’t fix it and they gave me another way that worked for me. Try this route before you call Apple support; Go to “Setting”click “Accessibility” then click “Zoom” then click “Zoom Filter” and then chose Tab that says “None”

Donna Crocker
27 days ago

Thanks you were a lot of help. Phone is fixed

Tony A
2 months ago

Excellent help. I fixed my phone immediately. The graphics were very helpful.

JOHN S Cheng
3 months ago

By following your instructions, the problems had been fixed right away. Thank you