Why Is My iPhone Black And White? Here’s The Real Fix!

If your iPhone has suddenly turned black and white, you’ve come to the right place. Fortunately, the fix is simple and it won’t cost you a dime. In this article, we’ll discuss the reason why your iPhone is black and white and I’ll show you how to fix your black and white iPhone for good.

The solution I describe in this article will work equally well for iPhones, iPads, and iPods, because it’s software, not the physical hardware, that has turned your display black and white. If your iPad is black and white, this article will help you too.

Why Is My iPhone Black And White?

Your iPhone has changed to black and white because “Grayscale”, an Accessibility setting that was introduced in iOS 8, has accidentally been turned on. Grayscale mode makes it easier for people with color-blindness and difficulty seeing to use the iPhone.

It’s an lifesaver if you have difficulty seeing colors. If you don’t, having a black and white iPhone can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know how to turn it off.

How Do I Change My iPhone From Black And White To Color?

To change your iPhone back to color, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Display & Text Size -> Color Filters and tap the slider to the right of Grayscale. Your iPhone will instantly change from black and white to full color. Problem solved — probably.

A Second Place To Look

After I wrote this article, I received a number of emails from people whose iPhones were still black and white, even after they turned off the Grayscale setting. Special thanks goes to Anita, a commenter who let me know about a second setting that can turn iPhones black and white.

If your iPhone is still black and white, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Zoom -> Zoom Filter and tap None. To learn more about how Zoom works on your iPhone, check out my article about how to fix iPhones that get stuck zoomed in.

Another Setting To Watch Out For

Before you declare the problem solved for good, it’s important for me to point out one more setting that may be causing Grayscale to turn on and off without your knowledge. Head back to Settings -> Accessibility, scroll all the way to the bottom, and tap Accessibility Shortcut.

Accessibility Shortcut is a handy feature that makes it easy to turn Accessibility features on and off by triple-clicking the Home button. If any of the features you see listed have checkmarks to the right, it means that you can enable that feature by triple-clicking the Home button.

iPhones running an older version of iOS will have a Grayscale option listed here. If Grayscale is checked, tap the checkmark to turn off that Accessibility shortcut. That way, you can’t accidentally turn Grayscale on or off as you go throughout your day.

Grayscale Accessibility Shortcut

Wrapping It Up

In this article, we discussed the reasons why your iPhone changed to black and white and how to restore your iPhone to full color. I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments section below. If you have other questions about your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, or other technology, the Payette Forward Community is a great place to get help.

Thanks for reading and all the best,
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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19 hours ago

My iPhone 12 mini is black and white. Tried some of the changes

22 hours ago

Thank you. Second fix worked instantly!

Chris A
1 day ago

Thank you! All I could find is suggestions to turn off greyscale which was already off. But Zoom filters is counterintuitive.

14 days ago

Thank you so much! I have been trying so many different advices, but yours are the one who fixed it 🙏🏻☺️

1 month ago

Hi David, My iphone dropped hard on back at home and screen turn to black & whilte. After restarting twice and tried all you stated above, it is still B & W. Are you be able to help?

Liam Shotwell
1 month ago
Reply to  Wati

Make sure the grayscale accessibility setting mentioned in the article above is turned off. There are steps above to help you find it and turn it off. If that doesn’t work, you should consider your repair options.

1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Shotwell

Hi Liam, thank you for responding. At first it did not make any different whether the grayscale was turned off or on. But after trying to restart by pressing power on-off + vol + home button at the same time, 8x unsuccessful. After this the grayscale button suddenly worked. Thank God for that. 🙂

Liam Shotwell
1 month ago
Reply to  Wati

Nice! I’m glad that worked out for you 😊

Thank you so very much it worked. Merry Christmas
2 months ago

Thank you so very much, it worked. Merry Christmas and a happy new year