How to invert colors on iPhone and iPad

Last updated: April 13, 2016 

How to invert colors on iPhone and iPad

If you like to read from your iPhone or iPad in bed at night, you’ve likely been accused of keeping up your partner, or even the neighbors, with the iridescent glow from the display.  In order to save your relationship with friends and family while keeping up your evening regimen of reading the same paragraph over and over every night until you fall asleep, try inverting colors on iPhone and iPad.  Inverting the colors on your display will darken the light it emits, help to reduce eye strain, and even serve to conserve your battery life.  Inverting colors is easily accomplished, and you can set up a shortcut to make it even easier.

Activate the Invert Colors Option

Step 1.  Tap the Settings app icon on your iPhone or iPad.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

Step 2.  Tap the General option.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

Step 3.  Tap the Accessibility option.



invert colors on iphone and ipad

Step 4.  Under the Vision section, slide the Invert Colors option to the On position, and the colors will invert instantly.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

If you intend to use this feature frequently, you can make it faster and easier to undertake this process by setting up a shortcut to perform this function.  By setting up a shortcut, you would not need to go through the Settings -> General -> Accessibility screens to toggle between color inversion settings each time you wanted to change it.  Here’s how.

Setting Up an Invert Colors Shortcut

Step 1.  Return to the Accessibility option under Settings -> General -> Accessibility (see above).  Tap the Accessibility option.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

Step 2.  Scroll to the bottom of the Accessibility options to the Accessibility Shortcut option.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

Step 3.  Tap the Invert Colors option, and a check mark will display to denote that you have selected it.

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Step 4.  Click the Home button 3 times quickly (triple-click), and this action will now invert the colors.

invert colors on iphone and ipad

For additional Accessibility information, please visit Apple’s Accessibility Support site.