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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SHARAD BHATT
8 days ago

Thank you so much your FIRST trick its awesome its working just like miracle.

Charliene Massa
9 days ago

Thank you so much. Easy to follow, even for me.
appreciate the help 🤪

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Liam Shotwell
7 days ago

Glad we were able to lend you a hand! 😊

Will
15 days ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Heather
23 days ago

Thank you! The second trick worked!

Maira
27 days ago

I dont have accessibility in settings

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Liam Shotwell
27 days ago
Reply to  Maira

On iOS 13 and up, Accessibility is located on the main settings screen. If you have an iOS version of 12 and under, it should be located under General.

Tim
1 month ago

Awesome. Thanks for posting this.

Linwood P.
1 month ago

Here is the fix. Plaster over the internet. How to change your iPhone X back to color if somehow it accidentally got turned to black and white. Simply click three times quickly on the right side button located on the side upper
right. Same button that turns it off. Click it rapidly 3 times. Bingo.

starr
4 months ago

thats amazing

Dorothy Pilkins
4 months ago

Second step worked thanks bunches

Dmirty
5 months ago

Thank you very much for your advice, the second tip fixed the situation when I was already hopeless

Jennifer
5 months ago

Thank you!!!!!! The zoom feature was on and causing this! Somehow it happened. Happy to have color back!! Thank you!!!

Terry Jones
5 months ago

Well, NONE of your solutions have helped me solve my compounding problem. Last night, somehow, my screen went from colour to black & white, the font magnified to an unusable degree, and I couldn’t even access the Settings. I managed, this morning to reduce the font size somewhat, but the screen jumps all over the place and I’ve lost access to Settings again.

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David Lynch
5 months ago
Reply to  Terry Jones

Did you try putting your iPhone in DFU mode? Sounds like there might be a deeper software problem.

Patricia
5 months ago

Thank you so much for these tips. The second one worked for me. This was the 3rd page I came to for help and finally found it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you, the second fix worked for me. really appreciate it

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks it helped a lot!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you! It was great to have the additional instructions as I have an old iPhone

Anonymous
1 year ago

Tried all that still black and white

Anonymous
1 year ago

None of these tips worked Im still in black-and-white I have an iPhone 7 please help

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you! It was definitely the zoom filter. All fixed now.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Fantastic
Thank you .

Anonymous
1 year ago

I have done everything to get my screen back to color. I cant do business or read anything because my color is gone. I need help big time…Thanks

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank youuuu… The second fix too care of the problem…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks also, mine was the seconfd fix too. Third was ok

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks for helping