Inverting screen colors is an Accessibility feature that makes the iPhone and iPad easier on the eyes for some people with a sensitivity to brightness, easier to distinguish for some people with color blindness, and easier to make out for some people with low vision. It can even be used in combination with zoom to greatly increase legibility for anyone with a visual impairment.
Note: Some people invert screen colors as a pseudo-dark theme or nighttime reading mode for when they want to greatly reduce light and glare from the display.
How to invert screen colors on iPhone and iPad
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Turn On the option for Invert Colors — it's under the Vision section at the top.
You'll notice the screen colors will now invert and somewhat resemble a photo negative. This can make it easier for those with certain visual impairments to pick out content and navigate easier. You can pop back into Settings at any time to disable it if you'd like to later on. You can also set the triple Home-click action to invert colors so you can do it on the fly without having to navigate through the Settings app. If you aren't sure how, you can follow our guide:
Note: Originally published, April 2013. Updated, August 2014.
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