iPhone 4 Trick: Invert Colors for White Text on Black Background

iPhones and similar digital devices are frequently difficult to see in certain situations. The 4th generation of the iPhone now comes with a shortcut to quickly inverse the colors to improve visibility. Here is how to enable “white text on black background” inverse colors mode on the iPhone.

When reading a long time or in certain lighting situations, I love this shortcut to be able to quick inverse my colors. Just getting white-text on a black background is a nice change of pace.

The secret is the use the iPhone’s accessibility’s settings to assign the inverse color mode to the triple-tap of the Home button.

1. Click General icon
2. Select Accessibility
3. Select Triple-click Home
4. Select Toggle White on Black

how to setup invert colors on iPhone

Then to inverse (or to return to normal again) just triple click your home button.

The iPhone will not take a screenshot showing this mode so here’s an external picture showing the invert mode.

example of inverted iPhone


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20 Responses to “iPhone 4 Trick: Invert Colors for White Text on Black Background”

  1. July 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm, Quinn McHenry said:

    Also a spectacular prank to play on a non-Tech-Recipes reader.

    Which makes it a valuable lesson: read Tech-Recipes every day.


  2. July 29, 2010 at 12:46 am, Javier said:

    Thank you for the cool tip!


  3. August 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm, Manny13 said:

    Can you have only text (not pictures, icons, etc.) in high-contrast mode? Is there an app or setting that corrects this?


    • November 24, 2012 at 4:12 am, leni said:

      i have been trying to figure this out myself!!!!!!! have you figured it out???? it would be a huge help! THANK YOUUU


  4. June 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm, SweetartMD said:

    I found (on accident) that if you click your home button 3 times I can invert my colors.  I had no idea how to change it back till I messed around with it a little bit more! Very cool! 


  5. September 03, 2011 at 1:21 am, Ella said:

    Manny13 I also would like to know about that as the black on White contrast isn’t clear enough but when I switch to White on black, its clear But I am not happy to view my pics in negatives :(


    • September 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm, sadie said:

      > i love the invert look ,but why invert pictures and camera too?? thats just crazy :(


      • January 14, 2014 at 12:26 am, Ted said:

        Might be a lot easier on the eyes this way for reading ebooks.>


  6. January 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm, joshua said:

    I love this feature ‘Toggle white on black’ , I can now type on my iPhone keyboard like as twice as fast than the normal ‘black on white’ keyboard


  7. February 01, 2012 at 10:29 pm, don said:

    I only have one eye and the other one has a cataract so this trick makes it possible to see THANK YOU THANK YOU


  8. March 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm, destiny said:

    I was wondering if this can be done a verizon iphone 4s


  9. December 15, 2012 at 3:24 am, Izzi said:

    Is there an app that you can use to make the poctures stay black and white


  10. January 21, 2013 at 9:01 am, Crystal said:

    I wanna know how to change the colors to this I’ve been trying to do the background on my text of me and my bf and the color an I don’t know how to do it with out messing up my phone this is new to me


  11. January 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm, Stray Stevens said:

    Your post have solved sooooo many minor problems I’ve had, I cannot thank you enough.
    Here’s one more; I need to download all of my photos from my iPhone 4S with current updates, to my PC (Windows 7) because I have ran out of space. Ant help you can give is greatly appreciated.
    Having spent time in an ICU ward, thanks again, people will never get all that your job entails, thanks again!!


  12. February 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm, Carly said:

    As somebody with a visual impairment, this helps me out a lot, and it’s great to know the shortcut. It would be wonderful if photos weren’t inverted, though, and if there was an option to toggle inverted colors on/off per app.


  13. August 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm, dave said:

    Why doesn’t the VGA output invert when connected?


  14. January 03, 2014 at 11:35 am, Caitie said:

    I love the invert color mode but is there a way to not invert the pictures and videos too?


  15. March 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm, Kyky said:

    How do u do it on the iPhone five c? I know the invert colors button but I don’t see the home button choice thing! Plz help!


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