How to Change Your iPhone from White to Black

If you have been using your iPhone for a while, chances are you’re a bit bored of its white background and want a change. Well, good news – switching from white to black is super simple! You can even choose to switch back if you change your mind later on. In this blog post, we’ll cover a few different ways to change your iPhone from white to black, and address some of the common questions people have about this process.

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What’s Needed

Before you get started, make sure you have the following things:
1. A fully charged iPhone
2. An internet connection
That’s it! You don’t need any special apps or software to make this change.

What requires your focus?

In order to change your iPhone from white to black, you’ll need to focus on the following steps:
1. Enabling ‘Smart Invert Colors’ from the settings.
2. Enabling ‘Dark mode’ from the control center.
3. Making sure all third-party apps that have a light interface are compatible with dark mode.
Let’s get started!

Method 1: Enabling ‘Smart Invert Colors’

Enabling ‘Smart Invert Colors’ will invert the colors on your iPhone’s screen, essentially turning the white background to black. Here are the steps:
1. Go to ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.
2. Navigate to ‘General’ -> ‘Accessibility’ -> ‘Display Accommodations’.
3. Tap on ‘Invert Colors’.
4. Toggle on ‘Smart Invert’.
5. Exit settings and you’re done!


– All third-party apps automatically switch to dark mode using this method.
– Battery life can be extended by reduced usage of white pixels.
– Helps to reduce the eye strain and blue light exposure.


– It doesn’t work exactly for photos, especially those that have already white colored appearance.

Method 2: Enabling ‘Dark Mode’ from the Control Center

If you prefer turning on the dark mode on a scheduled time or turning on in an instant from the control center then this method is for you. Here’s how to do it:
1. Swipe down from the top-right corner to bring down the Control Center.
2. Long press the screen brightness adjustment slider.
3. Select ‘Dark Mode’ from the bottom.
4. That’s it!


– You can schedule the dark mode to turn on and off automatically.
– It offers scheduled timers that would enable dark mode on sunset.
– Dark mode enhances the readability and text clarity.


– Some third-party apps still have not yet supported dark mode.

Method 3: Compelling the light mode app to support dark mode

As mentioned earlier, not all third-party apps switch to dark mode automatically. However, you can force any app to switch to dark mode. Here’s how:
1. Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down to ‘Developer’ -> ‘Developer Options’.
3. Toggle on ‘Force Dark mode’.
This will turn all third-party apps to dark mode.


– This method would force all third-party applications to swith to dark mode.


– Forced dark mode could result in some issues with app functionalities.
– It might not completely overcome small bugs.

Why Can’t I Change My iPhone from White to Black?

1. Your iPhone must be updated to the latest iOS version. Check in ‘Settings’ -> ‘General’ -> ‘Software Update’.
Fix: If an update is available, install it to enable the night shift mode features along with improved software.
2. Your iPhone may be incompatible with the Night Shift features. Check in ‘Settings’ ->’General’
->’Accessibility’ ->’Display Accommodations’ ->’Color Filters’ to see if color filters is turned on.
Fix: Turn OFF ‘color filters’ mode.


– Changing your iPhone from white to black can help reduce eye strain and make it easier to navigate your phone in dimly lit environments.
– Switching to dark mode can also help save battery life.
– Make sure to check that all your third-party apps are compatible with dark mode before you enable it.


Q: How do I switch back to white mode?

A: To switch back to white mode, you can go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘General’ -> ‘Accessibility’ -> ‘Display Accommodations’ -> ‘Invert Colors’ -> turn OFF ‘Smart Invert’ mode.

Q: Can I adjust the white and black balance?

A: Not directly. You can assist with color arrangements from ‘Settings’ -> ‘General’ -> ‘Accessibility’ -> ‘Display Accommodations’ -> ‘Color Filters’ and enable ‘Grayscale’.

Q: How to enable Dark mode in my favorite app?

A: Some apps may come with the default dark mode enabled but otherwise, you need to visit individual app settings and search for “themes” or “appearance” options.

Q: Does black mode use less battery on OLED displays?

A: OLED or AMOLED screens use less battery consumption with dark or black mode themes especially in dark ambient situations.

Q: Will all images and videos appear correctly if I turn on the dark mode?

A: Any imagery that has true black already will appear as is but anything with a lighter background may appear a bit muddy with that color shift.


In conclusion, changing your iPhone from white to black is a great way to personalize your device and make it more comfortable to use. Whether you prefer smart invert, dark mode, or forcing apps to switch to dark mode, there are plenty of easy ways to achieve this look. Remember to check your third-party apps for compatibility and switch back to white mode if needed. Try out these methods and see which one you like the best!

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