Joanita Wibowo


Why you should set your phone to black and white

Why you should set your phone to black and white

Feeling more glued to your phone than you should be? According to a 2017 study, the average person in Australia spends 2.5 hours each day on their smartphones, with three out of four men (74 per cent) admitting to having their phone at hand throughout the whole day compared with 60 per cent of women.

If you are concerned about your screentime, setting your phone to grayscale may help.

Replacing the saturated colours with black-and-white tones may help make the apps look less enticing, saving you from endless checking and scrolling. Switching to grayscale can also help you save battery life and make it easier on your eyes, especially if you have visual impairments such as colour blindness.

Here’s how you can change your phone to black and white.


  1. Open Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
  2. Select Color Filters, then toggle the switch on.
  3. Select Grayscale.

To set it back to the colourful setting, simply switch the toggle back.


  1. Open Settings > About device > Software info.
  2. Tap on the Builder number several times until a notification appears that you are now a developer.
  3. Go back to Settings and choose Developer options on the bottom of the list. Toggle on the switch at the top if it is not already on.
  4. Open Simulate color space.
  5. Select Monochromacy.