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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13 days ago

So easy! My white puppy looks like herself again. I turned off the Classic Invert and magic happened!!

3 months ago

I was having negative images show up in my website pictures. This was finally fixed by changing the setting in my browser. For me it was Brave, settings, appearance and turned off “automatic”. I changed it to “light” and it worked.

10 months ago

Fixed Ty

1 year ago

Thank you… Very useful…

Jason Johnston
1 year ago

All of the above fixes didn’t help me, I am very curious as to how this can be explained with a zoom function or other options like restart your iPhone! This has been happening to me on a regular basis and it arrives out of the blue.

1 year ago

Thank you so much. This is very helpful.

1 year ago

Good job .. step by step instructions now my phone is all fix no more negative look picture’s..

1 year ago

Yayyyyy all fix … Thank you >

1 year ago

Thank you very much for this information! Following your instructions, I was able to quickly correct the problem. Thanks again and be safe 🙏

Brooks Donna
1 year ago

Now that iPhone screen is normal (thank you), how do I fix my pictures that look like negatives?

1 year ago

Thanks so much this helped! Bless you!

John Niehus
1 year ago

Thanks you saved an 86 yr old from pestering his siblings to fix his iPhone again.

1 year ago

mine is still not fixed after following all these steps.My basic samsung shows much better colors than the iphone.

1 year ago

The right way to fix it is

  1. settings
  2. accessibility
  3. Display and text.. turn off smart invert ( was accidentally activated by pressing g the side button 3 times)
  4. lastly go back to accessibility amd click accessibility shortcut and unselect “ smart invert “ there too . This will prevent you from pushing the side button 3 times and accidentally turn on this feature.
10 months ago
Reply to  Hyab

Thank you so much! This is what fixed it for me!

8 days ago
Reply to  Hyab

Awesome, thanks! Not even the IT geeks or millennials at work could help!!

1 year ago

Such a great article! Super helpful. Thank you for being so methodical in troubleshooting.

patty oneal
1 year ago

Thank you Thank you Thank you! It was driving me nuts trying to figure this out on my own but your very first suggestion worked.

1 year ago

thanks iphone now working will pass this on

1 year ago

Thank U!!🙏
This has been driving me Crrrraaazy.. and I’d been going over&over my Settings trying to figure it out- to no avail.
Following Ur direction, problem fixed in a flash!!
& So very grateful to be released from this constant source of irritation!!

1 year ago

Thank you , this is really useful . Especially for senior citizens like us

Eileen Acosta Almeyda
2 years 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
2 years ago

Thanks you were a lot of help. Phone is fixed

Tony A
2 years ago

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

JOHN S Cheng
2 years ago

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