How to Invert Screen Colors on iPhone & iPad

Want to invert the screen of an iPhone or iPad? You can invert the screen colors of the iPhone or iPad easily through an Accessibility option. This can be very helpful to many users for various purposes. Whether for reviewing things on the display in dim ambient lighting, due to some color blindness or other visual difficulties, or perhaps just general preference.

Two Ways To Invert Screen Colors:

There are actually two ways to invert the screen colors, one is called ‘smart invert’ which will invert everything on the screen except for media and images. The other is the ‘classic invert’ setting which will invert everything on the display of the iPhone or iPad.

This article will show you how to invert the display of iPhone and iPad, and how to turn the display inversion setting off if it was enabled.

How to Invert Screen Colors on iPhone & iPad

Invert Screen Colors

  • Open the Settings app
  • Go to “Accessibility” (or earlier iOS versions go to “General” and then to “Accessibility”)
  • Go to “Display Accommodations”
  • Choose “Invert colors”
  • Select either screen inversion option by toggling the invert setting to the ON position:
    • “Smart Invert” – inverts screen colors for display except for images and media
    • “Classic Invert” – inverts all screen colors on display including images and media

The screen of the iPhone or iPad will immediately invert and stay that way until the display inversion setting has been changed or disabled.

The screenshot below shows an example of using the “Smart Invert” feature, which is inverting all screen colors except for images on a webpage:

Some users have used the “Smart Invert” feature as a Dark Mode theme of sorts for iOS versions prior to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, but that’s no longer necessary with the inclusion of the new dark mode themes.

Note that inverting the screen will disable Night Shift on the iPhone or iPad.

How to Disable Screen Inversion on iPhone & iPad

Step 1:

Open the Settings app

Step 2:

Go to “General” and to “Accessibility”

Step 3:

Go to “Display Accommodations”

Step 4:

Choose “Invert colors”

Step 5:

Toggle the switch next to either Invert setting to the OFF position

Screen inversion will immediately turn off and the screen will return to the normal display color settings when disabled.

It’s worth registering that inverting the screen this way literally inverts the screen colors, so it is not the same as enabling Dark Mode on iPhone or using Dark Mode on iPad. In prior iOS versions, some people did use the Invert feature as a way to achieve a similar effect to the interface but that is no longer necessary with Dark Mode being an official feature. In fact, if you use Invert Screen while Dark Mode is enabled, you’ll achieve the opposite effect and the interface elements will turn bright again, sort of like the default Light mode interface.


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