How to change color schemes on Android 5.0 Lollipop (invert, grayscale, etc)

How to change color schemes on Android 5.0 Lollipop (invert, grayscale, etc)
Besides a major redesign and important new features, Android 5.0 Lollipop also includes smaller changes and novelties that you may have not noticed. One of them is the ability to change the entire UI’s color scheme - albeit for now this is a somewhat limited feature.

First of all, did you know that you can make Lollipop show everything on the screen in grayscale? To enable this, go to Settings -> Developer options (make sure they’re enabled) -> Simulate color space. Once there, you have several choices to play around with, including Monochromacy, Deuteranomaly (red-green), Protanomaly (red-green), and Tritanomaly (blue-yellow). Monochromacy is the only one that can be used for a longer period of time by regular users, as the other ones are uneasy to the eye. It's actually quite cool to have your smartphone or tablet display everything in black & white - it gives it a vintage feel.

Another thing that you can do is to invert colors - which, once again, isn’t something that’s too pleasing to the normal eye. To enable this, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Color inversion. After you first enable the option, you’ll be able to turn it off and on from the quick settings menu, as a button is automatically added next to those that provide access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular connectivity, and so on. The Accessibility menu also contains a Color correction section with options similar to those found in the "Simulate color space" tab.

Interestingly, if you take screenshots while in grayscale, inverted, or any other special mode, they will appear normal - as if you hadn’t changed anything. The black & white screenshots seen below have been edited for illustrative purposes.

While these options are just interesting (and nothing more) for most of us, they might be very helpful for users who are colorblind, or have other color-related issues.

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13 Comments

1. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Useless post..

2. AndroidLollipop unregistered

Does monochrome mode save any battery ?

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's what I wanna know, as a Samsung owner

6. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I doesn't make much of a difference really, even on an amoled display like on Samsung phones, there's little difference.

4. nitva91

Posts: 5; Member since: May 02, 2014

Does the monochrome mode save battery in nexus 5?

5. hesam96

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

why-my-space-buttom-doesnt-work-in-this-site?

7. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Hmm am i the only one experiencing too many pop-up messages and being directed to playstore?

8. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

for those who still wonder about saving battery. The answer is YES if your phone is AMOLED

9. macawmatt

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Wow, so Lollipop CAN have a black background for the settings menu, who knew? Now if that was only a default option for those of us who don't want to light up a dark room when using our phones it would be great.

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The "Simulate Color Space" is something that is new, but not the "Color Inversion". I can do that on my Note 3 by doing the same process, but on the Note 3 its called "Negative Colors".

11. Rager722

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

I've noticed that android doesn't have inverted colors like iOS or Blackberry has

12. AlikMalix unregistered

"Siri, turn ON inverted colors"....Done! (I think it may work with Google Now/S-Voice)... Or you can set up tripple click menu to include bunch of these options that can be accessed anywhere and within any app...

13. copasetic

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

PARSER ERROR:String could not be parsed as XML Nice, how does this work again?

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