There are tons of reasons to love an iPhone: trendsetting designs, reliable performance, good cameras, and robust software that just works. However, even the most Apple fans can’t deny one of the iPhones’ biggest weaknesses, the battery.

Thankfully, there are a couple of things you can do to help conserve battery and squeeze out the most juice you can on an iPhone’s battery. One of them is the grayscale method.

As you know, there had been Apple smartphones with OLED screens since the iPhone X of 2017. But other than providing better colors and wide contrasts, there’s one benefit that OLED screens offer: battery savings.

How? OLED screens achieve those impressive contrasts by having deep blacks, which is made possible by completely turning off the pixels where a dark part of an image is being displayed. And with fewer pixels turned on, the better for battery consumption.


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Now, think about it, if your iPhone screen only displays dark images all the time, you’d save a whole lot of battery.

That’s where the Grayscale display function is for. When enabled, the entire interface will lose its color to almost black and white. Which means more blacks, and more blacks mean lesser power required. Today, we’ll be teaching you how to use it.

Again, bear in mind that this only works on iPhones with OLED screens. This means it doesn’t include models with IPS displays like the iPhone XR, all iPhone SE models, and older variants. You can check the full list of supported devices below.

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 series

How to grayscale iPhone

Step 1: Open Settings.


Step 2: Scroll down and open Accessibility.


Step 3: Tap Display & Text Size.


Step 4: Tap Color Filters.


Step 5: Turn On the Color Filters.


Step 6: Choose Grayscale


How to enable triple-click grayscale shortcut on iPhone

Step 1: Go back to Accessibility settings, scroll down, and tap Accessibility Shortcut.


Step 2: Tap the Color Filters. One enabled, you can now triple-click the side button to enable or disable grayscale.


How to enable back tap grayscale shortcut on iPhone

Step 1: Go back to the Accessibility settings and tap Touch.


Step 2: At the bottom, tap Back Tap.


Step 3: Choose weather you want to assign the grayscale when you double-tap or triple-tap the back of the device.


Step 4: Scroll down and choose Color Filters. After that, you can now double/triple-tap the back of your iPhone to enable or disable grayscale.


That’s it. But if you hate the look, you can also just enable the Dark Mode feature on your device. It gives as much dark color in the UI as possible without messing with images that are supposed to have colors.

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