How to enable grayscale mode on your iPhone or iPad

How to enable grayscale mode on your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 offers a host of different accessibility features, most of which should come in handy to those users who have some kind of color blindness. One of these gets rids of colors altogether and allows you to view your display in grayscale, i.e. black and white. That's right, regardless of where you are, there'll be no colors whatsoever. 

However, we should mention that turning this option will have no effect on your battery life, so don't expect an increase in this regard. Of course, the reason for this is the LCD display on your iDevice, which is backlit and doesn't consume less energy when only two colors are displayed, unlike on AMOLED displays which can benefit from such a limited color reproduction.

Here's how to turn grayscale mode on. 

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60 Comments

1. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

wow. apple is the first one. copycat samsung -,-

3. shaineql

Posts: 515; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung is copycat ? Hahah , fanboys cant handle the truth anymore apparently. Also , s**ttple display cant benefit from this. Only Amoled has actual benefit from Greyscale modes.

7. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

sarcasm. samsung fanboy here :P

10. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

its been 1.5 years samsung put grayscale mode on s5 to save battery life, SAMOLED screen rulezz

35. kevin91202

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

hahhahhahah

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If there is no battery benefit, the question is WHY bother.

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

for ppl who r colorblind?

14. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If someone is full colorblind then it won't matter if the screen is displayed in color or greyscale, that person is not going to see a difference anyway

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

it was a joke...DUH!!!!

24. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why there shouldn't be a battery benefit ? Only because it's Retina HD ?

32. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

To avoid any patent related law-suit when they will finally adopt AMOLED display in the future.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Too bad Apple doesn't use AMOLED screens :/ Off-topic: Do Samsung devices (particularly the S & Note series) have this feature too?

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yes, it is a part of Power saving mode and ultra power saving mode

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

All I see is white and gold.

8. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

man ... what's the point of this greyscale mode people like colourful and vivid displays if this mode can't increase the pathetic battery life of the iphone then its useless

33. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Read the article for the answer.

42. Sauce5 unregistered

Fanboys don't read content, just screenshots and brainwashed opinions hardwired into their heads from other fanboys.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Would this actually have any impact for those who are colorblind? You can remove the color from the display, but the lights and darks would remain the same so the colors that were indistinguishable to those with vision issues would still be indistinguishable, except now to everyone with color vision as well... Or is my understanding of what it's like to be colorblind incorrect? It is an interesting feature though.

19. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It`s great at night, your eyes won`t be stressed so much.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

ok, there's one legitimate reason why someone could want to use it. Thank you. lol.

36. kevin91202

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

then you would want a red not grayscale. Sorry. Apple fail

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? You could just turn down the brightness.

11. kevin91202

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

The Apple King of copycats are at it again: stealing ideas from Samsung.

22. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah exactly and they not only copied black and white, but also many other colors like magenta, sage or khaki from samsung... such a shame on Apple they should be allowed to display only violet color !

12. kevin91202

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

If you're going to steal ideas, ensure that it serves a purpose. What does this grayscale mode do for iPhones?

21. nodes

Posts: 1134; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

facepalm to fanboys these days. it's on the Accessibility menu! it's not supposed to be a main 'unique' feature, it's purpose is VERY clear, for people with disabilities. that's why Apple never talk about all the features on Accessibility menu in their event. do you even read the article?

37. kevin91202

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

facepalm to the iFans. Disabilities? What kind of disabilities? Please tell us. Surely, if you're already color blind, this serves no purpose.

53. nodes

Posts: 1134; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Features on Accessibility menu serves for people, with like, Vision, Hearing, Interaction problems. Apple would boast it like Samsung did, if it's not for disabled peoples. i can't confirm this myself, as i'm not colorblind, but it falls on the Vision category, maybe it's useful for those with vision problems, not only colorblind. Apple's intend was good, why would someone bash them for trying to help people with disabilities to enjoy the latest tech? and how does making grayscale mode is copying? so Android is copying Apple then by making a third-party store too? i'm not a fanboy of either, both has pros and cons, both inspired by each other. it's fanboyism i can't stand, Samsung fanboys are all over the internet nowadays.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have my home button set up to activate gray scale, with a triple click. Nice feature.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Is there any particular reason why you use it or do you simply like the visual effect?

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