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How to Invert Colors on iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or later

iOS devices come with default settings where colors appear normal. However, some people prefer inverted colors because they look better on their screen. This guide explains how to invert the colors on iOS devices.

Total Time: 5 minutes

1. Open the Settings App

Open the Settings App

The first step you will need to do is find and open the Settings App on your device.

2. Tap the Accessibility tab

Tap the Accessibility tab

Once you have opened the Settings App you will need to scroll down and tap on the Accessibility tab.

3. Tap the Display & Text Size tab

Tap the Display & Text Size tab

Inside the Accessibility tab, under the VISION heading, tap on the Display & Text Size tab.

4. Turn on Smart Invert or Classic Invert

Turn on Smart Invert or Classic Invert

You can now scroll down and toggle either Smart Invert or Classic Invert.

Smart Invert reverses the colors of the display, except for images, media, and some apps that use dark color styles.

Classic Invert reverses all colors of the display.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Invert Colors on iPhone and iPad iOS

What is the point of invert colors on iPhone and iPad?

If you benefit from seeing items on a dark background, you may be able to use Invert Colors to display them differently. Smart Invert changes the colors on the display except for images, media and some apps that use black color styles. If you use classic invert, you'll see all colors reversed on the screen.

What is the point of classic invert?

If you use classic invert, the display will be inverted (all black becomes white and vice versa). It makes it easier for people with vision impairments to read text on a screen.

What is the purpose of smart invert?

Smart Invert is an accessibility feature built into iOS that inverts the colors on your display (like a negative image). It's "smart" because it usually prevents apps, images, and videos that are already dark-colored from getting inverted.

Are Invert and Night Shift the same thing?

Night Shift doesn't actually change the color spectrum of your screen. It simply changes the color temperature of the light emitted from your device.

Is invert the same as Dark Mode?

Dark mode is more subtle than smart invert, which reverses all colors except for images, media, etc. whereas smart invert just reverses the colors of your screen. Instead of inverting all colors, Smart Invert Colors inverts only the UI (the interface), so things such as graphics and images are also preserved. As a result, Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11, has a dark interface or “dark mode,” but the rest of the user experience is largely unchanged.

Are inverted colors better for your eyes?

The original purpose of inverting display colors is to improve contrast for people who have impaired vision. It is often used alongside the zoom function, which allows users to magnify text and images. But it's also useful for giving your eyes a bit of a break as it uses darker colors than usual.

What is iPhone True Tone?

True Tone adjusts the color and intensity of the screen to match the ambient light so that images appear more realistic. If you turn off true tone, the display keeps its color and intensity constant, no matter how much light there is.