iPhone Display Black And White: How To Fix Quickly

Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


You gave your precious iPhone to your nephew or niece so they could play their favorite game, only to find that when the phone came back in your hand, your iPhone display was all black and white!

Naturally, you are perplexed and are wondering what happened! Before you start worrying about the financial ramifications of this issue, let us comfort you with information that this might not be as bad as you think. iPhone black and white display usually has some easy fixes; this guide will elaborate on them below.

Part I: Why Is iPhone Display Black And White?

iphone black and white display

Let's tackle the giant elephant in the room head-on. What happened here? Why is the iPhone display all black and white all of a sudden? There is no single reason for this issue. And we have listed them below.

Reason 1: Display Went Bad

Let us take the worst-case scenario: the iPhone display could have gone wrong, causing this issue. The only thing is that presentations are usually black and white, no pun intended when it comes to functioning. So, if it is a color display, it either shows colors (good or bad), or it does not work.

A color display would not usually stop showing colors and turn black and white; it would likely show the wrong colors or stop functioning altogether. Yet, anything can happen, and this is the worst scenario.

Reason 2: Display Color Filters Changed

This is the more likely reason for the iPhone black and white issue. Your iPhone has some of the best accessibility settings in any mobile operating system. Naturally, there are settings to change the display's colors, including turning them black and white, or grayscale, as it is more appropriately termed.

Reason 3: Display Zoom Filters Changed

Another accessibility feature on your iPhone is the display zoom filter. This setting controls the colors on the display when zoomed, which may be the root of your iPhone black and white problem. Resetting this will resolve your issue.

Part II: How To Fix iPhone Black And White Issue?

Depending on why the iPhone display is black and white in the first place, you can use a few solutions to fix the issue.

II.I: Force Restart of The iPhone

First, you force restart the iPhone to ensure this is not just a fluke issue. A force restart is a way to restart the iPhone and clear all cache when it momentarily cuts the power supply to the system, causing the restart.

Step 1: Press the Volume Up key.

Step 2: Press the Volume Down key.

Step 3: Press the Power key until the Apple logo comes up, then release.

Remember that if your iPhone is connected to the computer using a data cable while you perform a force restart, you might inadvertently put your iPhone in Recovery Mode. To prevent that, disconnect the iPhone from the computer before performing a force restart.

II.II: Check Display Color Filters

If force restarting did not resolve the issue, it is time to check Settings and see if color settings are not inadvertently changed, causing the issue.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size.

iphone color accessibility settings

Step 2: Check if Smart Invert and Classic Invert are not toggled ON. If they are, toggle them OFF.

Step 3: Tap Color Filters and make sure they are OFF and not toggled ON.

II.III: Check Display Zoom Filter

There is a color setting that exists for display zoom as well. It may pay to check and ensure everything is properly set as per your desire.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom.

Step 2: Tap Zoom Filter.

iphone zoom filter accessibility settings

Step 3: Make sure to select None, even if it is preselected.

II.IV: Reset All Settings

If the above does not seem to help, you can reset all settings on the iPhone to see if that resolves the issue. Here is how to reset all settings on the iPhone:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Transfer Or Reset iPhone.

Step 2: Tap Reset and tap Reset All Settings.

reset all iphone settings

Step 3: Enter your device passcode to complete the settings reset process.

iPhone will restart to reset settings completely, and you will need to reenter your Wi-Fi credentials. You will also need to reenable Data Roaming in your Mobile/ Cellular Data settings.

Also, your iPhone name will be reset; you may want to change it back to what you want. Note that resetting all settings this way does not delete apps or user data. It simply resets all settings on the iPhone.

II.V: Fix iPhone Black And White Display With Wondershare Dr.Fone-System Repair

Sometimes, corruption on a deeper operating system software level is not easily fixed. For those times, you can use a third-party software called Dr.Fone.

Dr.Fone is a unique proposition in the market, unlike any other. It is your one-stop shop designed to fix any smartphone and tablet issues you might have and do more than fix them.

Dr.Fone comprises several modules that allow you to take and restore backups and delete files, apps, and data, including wiping the device securely and unlocking your device without a passcode. Moreover, it allows you to bypass the activation lock, transfer WhatsApp chats between devices and change your location anywhere in the world while playing games or prank friends and family!

Here is how to use Dr.Fone-System Repair to fix iPhone display black and white issue.

Get Wondershare Dr.Fone for your operating system. Windows and macOS are supported.

drfone by wondershare

Step 1: Please select "System Repair" part in Dr.Fone. Then, click iOS:

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drfone operating system choice

Step 2: To fix black and white iPhone, you should go for iOS Repair:

drfone ios system repair process

Step 3: Select Repair Now:

drfone ios repair process

Step 4: Click Standard Repair to fix your issue with data security:

drfone ios standard repair

Standard Repair mode fixes iPhone issues without data loss.

Step 5: If you have not connected your iPhone to your computer in a while, you might be asked to trust the computer. Dr.Fone shows the instructions on how to do that:

trust computer instructions

Step 6: You can follow the tutorial images to get your iPhone into Recovery Mode:

iphone recovery mode instructions

Step 7: In Recovery Mode, Dr.Fone will pull available software for your specific iPhone device. Here to Download beside the software version you want to install:

drfone ios firmware list

Step 8: When the download is complete and the firmware file is verified with Apple, Dr.Fone is ready to repair the iPhone:

drfone system repair ios

Step 9: Click Repair Now, and the repair process will begin. Once complete, Dr.Fone notifies you:

drfone ios system repair complete screen

Step 10: You can click Done to restart the iPhone.

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Bonus Tip: How To Turn iPhone Display Black And White

Now, while the above dealt with fixing a black-and-white iPhone display, there are legitimate reasons someone might want to set the iPhone display to be black and white. If you want to try it out for any reason, here are the steps to set your iPhone display in black and white.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom.

Step 2: Tap Zoom Filter and set it to Grayscale.

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Step 3: Go back to Accessibility and tap Display & Text Size.

Step 4: Tap Color Filters and toggle it ON.

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Step 5: Grayscale is the first option and should be selected automatically. if any other is selected, tap Grayscale.

These steps will provide a consistent grayscale or black-and-white iPhone display experience.


Any undesired change to our iPhone very nearly gives us a panic attack. That is because we have come to rely on our smartphones so much.

However, there is little to worry about. This display setting issue can be easily fixed by changing some settings back. However, if the above fixes did not help you, this means there is likely a hardware issue that Apple itself can only fix. So, take your device to a nearby Apple Store and get it checked.

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