Why Does My iPhone Screen Look Yellow? Here’s The Fix!

You’re using your iPhone and the screen looks more yellow than normal. Is it broken? Fortunately, the answer is no! In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone screen has turned yellow, how to use Night Shift, and how to switch your screen back to normal.

Why Is My iPhone Screen Yellow?

night shift buttonYour iPhone screen looks yellow because Night Shift is turned on. Night Shift is a new feature that helps you get a better night’s sleep by filtering out the daytime colors from your iPhone’s display.

night shift on off animationResearch has shown that the bright blue colors in electronic displays can trick our brains into thinking it’s daytime. When we use our laptops or phones at night, this can interfere with our ability to go to sleep.

Night Shift, a feature Apple released with iOS 9.3, filters the daytime blue colors out of your iPhone so your brain doesn’t think it’s daytime when it’s dark outside.

How Do I Turn Night Shift On Or Off?

night shift control centerTo turn on Night Shift, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center. Tap the sun and moon icon night shift icon at the bottom of the screen to turn Night Shift on or off.

You can also turn Night Shift on or off by going to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Night Shift and tapping the switch next to Manually Enable Until Tomorrow.

night shift manually enable until tomorrow

How Do I Permanently Disable Night Shift?

To disable Night Shift, go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Night Shift and turn off the switch next to Scheduled.

disable night shift

Why Isn’t Night Shift Working?

Even if it’s on, Night Shift doesn’t work if Low Power Mode is turned on. To turn off Low Power Mode, go to Settings -> Battery and tap the switch next to Low Power Mode.

Night Shift On, Sound Asleep

I’m not sure if Night Shift is really a cure for insomnia, but I’ve been using it since it came out and I like it. What do you think? Has Night Shift helped you to get a better night’s sleep? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading, and remember to pay it forward,
David P.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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Yay – Thanks! I thought my iphone was dying!

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Today morning 04-11-17, on wake up, saw screen of my iPhone 6 turn yellowish. Adjustments on ‘brightness’ did not help. Your suggestion of ‘night shift – off’ did work and phone is back to normal.. Thanks a lot.
Phone is almost 2.5 years old but I keep it neat and clean no dust in or around cover.

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It worked! Thanks so much!

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good solved my issue

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Thank you!!

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I think it helps. I’ve set mine for 11pm every night. I usually stay up till 2am every night and suffer the following day but since I’ve gotten my iPhone, I’ve been passing out after 11 every night.

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thanks

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Thank you so much 🙂

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thank you so so much for this. I got so scared and thinking I just bought a fake iPhone

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Thank you! I was afraid my iPad was broken.

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Excellent , Thanks ….

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Thanks for the head’s up! My Night Shift setting somehow got turned on by accident and I hated that yellowish tint that suddenly appeared. I read other articles that said they were all replacing their iPhones when they turned yellow. This article prevented me from turning in a perfectly good phone. Again, much thanks!

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Thank you for this! This solved my problem! I woke up this morning to find the screen on my iPhone 6s suddenly looking all dim and almost yellowish. Sure enough, night shift mode somehow got turned on. I turned it off and now all is fine. 🙂

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hey
thanks for replying, I got my battery replaced at a local shop not the apple store. I have read the article however I would like to know what are the consequences if it is not carried out properly?
also my battery drains a lot overnight (around 20%-30%) even though i leave it on flight mode?
thanks

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I don’t have night shift on iPhone 5. Running version 9.3.2 (13F69). Low power is turned off. I have only four icons along the bottom in control center. I do not have any access to it through settings. Auto brightness is turned on. I thought the problem would be fixed with the next update, but it wasn’t. Any suggestions?

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This “feature” helps to muddy the waters for people suffering from yellow tinted screens, like mine. Is your screen yellow tinted? Night shift is off? Take it to Apple and demand a new display. Compared to my old iPhone 5, it had a better more neutral look than my jaundice iPhone 6s.