How to Fix It When Your iPhone Screen Turns Black and White

Troubleshooting why your iPhone screen is in black and white

This article will step you through possible fixes for when your iPhone screen turns black and white.

The Cause of an iPhone Screen That's Turned Black and White

A black and white iPhone screen.

The most common cause of an iPhone screen that turns black and white is changing the iPhone's software settings. The iPhone supports several ways to make the display black and white in its accessibility settings. These are helpful for people who have trouble seeing (or can't see) all or any color or have difficulty with low contrast images.

This article will help you fix an iPhone screen that turns black and white. This issue is different from the iPhone's white screen of death, an issue that will turn the entire screen white.

An iPhone screen may turn black and white due to a hardware issue. A problem with the display, or the connection between the display and mainboard, could cause this issue. It's rare, however, so odds are the problem is in the iPhone's settings.

How to Fix an iPhone Screen That's Turned Black and White

The cause of an iPhone screen turning black and white is likely a software issue, so most solutions involve changing settings in the iPhone's settings app. The steps below apply to all iPhone models with a current version of iOS.

  1. Press your iPhone's Lock Screen button three times in rapid succession. If you have an iPhone with a Home button, tap it three times instead. This action activates the iPhone's accessibility shortcut if you set it up.

    You can configure this shortcut to switch an iPhone into grayscale mode, which may cause your issue.

  2. Open your iPhone's Display & Text Size settings to turn off the color filter if it's on.

    Color Filters are an iPhone accessibility feature. The Grayscale filter turns the iPhone screen black and white, making it a common cause of this issue.

  3. Open your iPhone's Zoom settings to turn off Zoom if it's on.

    The iPhone's Zoom setting has a Grayscale color filter located under Zoom Filter in the Zoom settings menu. This filter will turn the iPhone screen black and white when the Zoom feature is on.

    In this case, Zoom doesn't refer to the video service called Zoom. Zoom is a function inside iOS's accessibility settings: Settings > Accessibility > Zoom.

  4. Reset All Settings on your iPhone to return all settings to default.

    It will turn off any iOS feature on your iPhone responsible for turning your iPhone screen black and white.

    However, it will also reset all other settings, so this is the last resort.

    While this resets all settings on your iPhone, it does not delete your content.

The steps above will fix an iPhone screen that turns black and white because of a software configuration issue.

It's worth noting third-party iPhone apps can't turn an iPhone screen black and white, so you don't need to worry about an app causing the problem. That would only be possible on a jailbroken iPhone.


If the steps above fail, you may have a hardware issue with the display or mainboard. Contact Apple to have the iPhone repaired.

  • Why is my iPhone screen so dark?

    If your iPhone screen is too dark, you likely need to adjust your brightness settings. To adjust screen brightness manually, open Control Center and drag the brightness level up. It's also possible that Dark Mode is turned on.

  • Why is my iPhone screen glitching?

    If your iPhone screen is glitching or flickering, you may be seeing symptoms of software crashes, water damage, or damage from a dropped iPhone. To fix the problem, try restarting your iPhone, updating your operating system, updating your iPhone apps, and check your charging cable for damage. You can also try turning off iPhone auto-brightness and disabling any blue light filter apps.

  • Why is my iPhone stuck on the loading screen?

    If your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo on the loading screen, there might be a problem with the iPhone's operating system or hardware. To troubleshoot the problem, restart the iPhone, put the iPhone in Recovery Mode, or use DFU Mode. DFU Mode halts the iPhone startup process and lets you restore the iPhone, load a backup, or start fresh. 

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