How to invert colors on iPhone (4 Easy steps)

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Before the Dark mode made its way into iPhones, invert mode was used to get the dark mode. However, the invert color feature is used primarily to see what it is or by the visually impaired. No matter what your use case is, read along to find out how to invert colors on your iPhone.

How to invert colors on iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Tap Display and Text size.
  4. Now, toggle on either one of the following:
    • Smart invert: This smartly reverses the screen colors and gives exceptions to images, videos, and some apps with a dark interface.
    • Classic invert: This is the classic invert option we are used to. In this, all the colors in your iPhone display will appear inverted.

      How to invert colors on iPhone running iOS 13 and later

Turn on invert colors on iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Now, select Accessibility.
  4. Here, tap Display Accommodations.
  5. Tap Invert Colors.
  6. Now, toggle on either one of these options:
    • Smart Invert:
    • Classic Invert.

How to invert the colors on iPhone with a shortcut

Other than going through the previously mentioned steps every time, you can quickly turn on invert colors by using a shortcut.

On iOS 13 and later:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Select Accessibility Shortcut.
  4. Choose the type of invert option you want.
    You can choose either the smart or classic invert or both ones.

    How to invert colors on iPhone with a shortcut

On iOS 12 and earlier:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select Accessibility.
  4. Here, select Accessibility shortcut.

To access the Accessibility menu, triple tap the home button (on iPhones with a home button) or the side button (on iPhones with a notch) and select the invert color option you want.

Q. Are Invert and Night Shift the same thing?

The invert option literally inverts colors on your iPhone display. Whereas on Night Shift, it applies a slight yellow-colored tone for better readability and usability during low light.

Q. Is Invert the same as Dark mode?

No. In invert mode, the colors on your display are entirely inverted. Whereas, in Dark Mode, the UI’s colors are mainly dark.

Q. Why does my iPhone keep inverting colors?

It could be because someone has either turned on the invert colors option without letting you know, or you may have accidentally turned it on.

That’s it!

While invert color is a niche feature, it was a feature that was widely used by many to get dark mode on their iPhone before Apple introduced it. The feature is still helpful for visually impaired people. How often do you use inverted colors on your iPhone? Let me know in the comments.

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By Anoop Content Writer
Anoop loves to find solutions for all your doubts on Tech. When he's not on his quest, you can find him on Twitter talking about what's in his mind.
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