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.

Grayscale Accessibility ShortcutAccessibility 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.

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.

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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Tried all 3 didn’t fix it, now what?

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Hi Michelle I am having the same issue since a week and the apple store guys are asking me just get a new one. I tried what all you did but the issue is still persisting

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Excellent piece of good advise, No more looking at grey photos, Thank You for good fix.

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Thank you for your advices

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None of these worked unfortunately

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Many thanks. The Zoom fix did it and is now on an Accessibilty Shortcut. JK

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THank you! Worked!

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please tell me
fast reply please

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Thank you so much. My new ipad, does not have the first option, so the second was the one who did. XXX

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Thank you Yes it was in the second fix and the third

Doug Brixey
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Doug Brixey

YES!! Annie that was the fix, your the best.. Thank you.

Annie
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Annie

Go to “Zoom Filter” in Accessibilty, “Greyscale” is also an option in this section. Untick Greyscale by selecting “None”

Paul
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Paul

Do I need to download a backup from my laptop that I created five days ago?

Paul
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Paul

Both method attempts at getting full color back failed. Please help.

Danie Smit
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Danie Smit

My iPhone changed colours all by itself. I’ve tried all the recommended remedies, but it still is black and white. What now?

Deborah London
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Same thing JUST happened to me and turning on or off the greyscale does nothing. I also shut phone off twice and still black and white. I didn’t mess with anything. I was simply replying to a text and voila!
Help!

Andrea Phox
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Andrea Phox

i have a 5s i did what you said and its still black & white – i restarted twice

David Payette
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Hi Andrea, Sorry to hear you’re still having trouble – I hope I can help. If grayscale mode is turned on, it will remain on even after you restart your iPhone. I know we can fix this. What happens when you go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and tap the toggle switch to the right of ‘Grayscale’? Does the switch flip back? Note that Settings -> General -> Accessibility is just about the most colorless page on your iPhone, whether Grayscale is enabled or not. When you flip the switch, watch the word ‘General’ (it’s a back button) in… Read more »

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Deb Bowyer

Same problem here and none of these “fixes” are working”. There is no toggle next to grayscale on my phone. I have the XR. Help 😩

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