You can invert the color scheme of your iPhone or iPad, here's how

You can invert the color scheme of your iPhone or iPad, here's how
Being one of the more popular operating systems currently in existence, iOS is quickly dissected in a thorough way when each and every major versions arrives. It's hard to keep a feature secret in iOS - users usually find the new ones pretty quickly. Still, there are features that are hardly used.

For example, did you know that you can greatly improve your night-time smartphone browsing by inverting the color scheme of iOS' predominantly white system theme and making it way more contrast-y? Well, you can, and while employing this feature might not look useful to the regular Jack and Joe, it might turn out to be quite useful in certain situations.

Imagine that someone sends you a long-awaited email while you're just on the verge of falling asleep? Usually, what 95% of people would do is to get their device in hand, turn it on in order to check the email, and immediately get blinded by the bright display. By inverting the color scheme, you get to save yourselves from this 21st-century problem. Still, it's worth saying that inverting the colors will only be beneficial to you in apps and menus that have a white background.

Here's how to enable it.



1. AlikMalix unregistered

You can add more options to the triple-click, at which point you will instead have a menu of options to select. I have black&white, invert, zoom-in and guided access options added. (Guided access is used to block certain features or areas of the screen to not take input - for children or for those that like to keep scrolling after you only wanted to show them one photo.

2. Unordinary unregistered

You could also sideload F.lux onto your iPhone for a nice gentle candlelight hue for night time reading in bed, as well as other warm colors and in between up to luminescent light. And yes, you could still sideload F.lux.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This has been available for a while I think. Looks cool though.

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The first time I invert the color on android is 2013

7. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I recall the S3 had a widget for that very purpose

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 7 in 2013 had it too.


Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

By the time you get to the menu to invert the color your eyes will have adjusted to the brightness of the display. Got to be a slow news day to showcase this with an article.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Read it again. You set up the tripple click and use it all the time (even from lock screen. If you only have invert colors selected for tripple click it won't give you a menu - it will go straight to inverted colors - it only gives you a menu of you add more than one item to it. I use it all the time for reading in bed. (But the iBook app does it automatically depending on the lights in the room - this is for reading online or email).

6. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Love apple device, full of customisation

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

ROFL. ......

11. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Where was Jesus?...

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Shhhh... to an apple-hater-android-lover customization means changing fonts and icons... to iOS Fan, it's the real thing - app permissions, hardware button assignments, accessibility options, forcetouch intercity, Voice Assistant data base input, allowing and disallowing of collection of private data, and full control of advertising without need to jailbrake/root...

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The f.lux jailbreak tweak offers a more suiting solution. Automatic LiveDisplay in CyanogenMod 12.1 serves similar purpose.

14. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

it always nice to customize, but it do looks good on iphone and i like it, as in case of android you can buy cheap chinese product with mediatek processor and out dated graphics and make it look like samsung galaxy s6 and iphone which in case every one who sees that phone will surely tell its chinese knock offs.....

15. Proxy.from.Deep

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Seen this shi~ on Iphone4 few years ago . in beggining it was considered as weird hardware defect .

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