How To Enable White & Black Screen On iOS 8 (Grayscale Mode)

Did you know that you could enable the grayscale mode on your iOS 8 powered device and turn the screen into black and white? This is a new option that Apple has included on the latest iOS version. Not many people know about this option because it is hidden deep on the settings menu and you have to take a few steps in order to reach it.

Grayscale is a feature presented for the first time on Samsung Galaxy devices with their Ultra Power Saving Mode. When this option is enabled, the screen removes all the colors and everything is displayed as white and black. This has a huge impact on these devices because they have AMOLED displays and it takes less energy for the screen to display white and black only than showing 16 possible million colors.

While this is not the case with iOS devices, Apple has still included it. The iPhone has an LCD screen with a backlight, so it doesn’t matter what colors are being displayed. The same amount of battery will be used nonetheless. But saving battery life is not the only reason why you might want this option enabled. There are other reasons too.

How To Enable Grayscale Mode on iOS 8 Devices

Even though the option is not easy to find at first, once you know its location, finding it will be a piece of cake. See below how to activate the grayscale mode on iOS 8 devices like the iPhone and iPad.

  1. Unlock the phone and go to the app drawer.
  2. Navigate to the page where the “Settings” icon is and tap it.
  3. Scroll down and select “General”.
  4. This will open the “General Settings” menu. Find an option called “Accessibility” and tap on it.
  5. There is an option called “Grayscale”. Tap it to turn the grayscale mode on.

Once you have enabled this, the screen of the phone will turn into white and black. If you want the colors back, simply disable the option.


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