Android: Invert the Color of the Screen

   Posted May 17, 2013 by Lê Hoàng in Android

Inverting the screen color on a smartphone provides better screen visibility when in sunlight, without having to increase the screen’s brightness.

If you also own an iPhone, this tutorial will help you invert the screen color on the device.

This tutorial is written based on Android 4.1.2 Samsung stock rom. The steps may vary for devices from other manufacturers.

1. Open the app drawer, and choose Settings.

android settings

2. In the Settings screen, scroll down to the System section, and tap on the Accessibility option to continue.

android settings accessibility

3. If you see the Need a screen reader message, just tap Cancel to dismiss it.  Find the Negative colors – Reverses the colors of screen option, and check the box to turn it on.

android negative colors screen

4. Right after you check the option, all the elements on screen will be displayed in reversed colors. The feature provides higher screen contrast and better screen visibility when using your phone outdoors. However, it will drain the battery faster than the normal screen. This is because all of the black areas turn white and vice versa, which is not ideal for AMOLED screens.

5. You cannot capture the screen in inverted mode. All elements in the screenshot will be displayed in normal color, regardless of the mode.



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  • pmshah

    Where I live it is damn near impossible to see anything on the screen if you are outdoors. For this reason alone I stuck with the vary basic monochrome Nokia phones. I reached a point where I simply had to go in for a smartphone what with quite a few of my family members spread across the globe.

    I checked this feature out by first reversing the colors and then stepping out. Visibility is great. There is one problem only. If I am outside to start with switching to reversed colour mode is too damn difficult as the screen is practically invisible. What I would think would be really great is for someone to come out with a widget that would achieve this in single or at the most 2 taps or a programmed swype. As a matter of fact I would make it my first purchased application !

  • pmshah

    Only wish there was some kind of one touch / couple of taps quick fix / widget to achieve this. Once you are out in bright light doing this colour inversion is as bad as dialing a number or reading a text message.

    • JP

      > There is – you can put it on the home button. e.g. 3 clicks let it invert.

  • bryan

    I tried this on my LG G Pro E988 & it looks dam cool. The only issue is when you watch vids or pics or else while you surf the web. Well, cn this b fixed

  • Kentaro Uchimoto

    Thanks! I was having a really hard time figuring out how to fix the negative screen colours!