How to Invert Screen Colors on iPhone & iPad

Nov 1, 2019 - 1 Comment

How to invert screen on iPhone or iPad

Want to invert the screen of iPhone or iPad? You can invert the screen colors of 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 a general preference. 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, and the other is the ‘classic invert’ setting which will invert everything on the display of 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

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Settings icon

  3. Go to “Accessibility” (or earlier iOS versions go to “General” and then to “Accessibility”)
  4. How to invert screen colors on iPhone or iPad

  5. Go to “Display Accommodations”
  6. How to invert screen colors on iPhone or iPad

  7. Choose “Invert colors”
  8. How to invert screen colors on iPhone or iPad

  9. 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

    How to invert screen colors on iPhone or iPad

  10. Exit out of Settings when finished

The screen of 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:

Inverted screen colors on iPhone with Smart Invert

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.

Example picture of an inverted iPhone screen

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

How to Disable Screen Inversion on iPhone & iPad

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to “General” and to “Accessibility”
  3. Go to “Display Accommodations”
  4. Choose “Invert colors”
  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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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Ken says:

    This article is not complete. It doesn’t tell you how to invert colors. And the section on disabling the inversion is not up to date.

    To invert:
    1. Open Settings App.
    2. Go directly to “Accessibility.” (You don’t go through “General” any more.)
    3. Go to “Display & Test Size.”
    4. Turn on “Small Invert” or “Classic Invert.”

    To disable:
    Do as above, but turn off “Invert.”

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