When you use your iPhone, you expect certain things to look a certain way.

So if you unlock the screen and see that everything looks completely different, you might ask why does the iPhone change colors?

In some cases, this may be due to the active color inversion setting.

Our guide below will show you where to find this setting and turn it off to see if it’s causing your iPhone screen to change unexpectedly.

Why does my iPhone change color?

  1. I open Settings.
  2. Select availability.
  3. Select the width and text size.
  4. Tap Smart Invert or Classic Invert to turn it off.

Our guide continues below with more information to answer why my iPhone has changed, including pictures of these steps.

Have you turned on your iPhone and found that the colors are completely different than what you are used to?

Maybe a friend or kids were playing with your phone and doing some tweaks, or maybe you tried to change a setting and switched it yourself by mistake but can’t find the one you need to turn on.

Anyway, I decided to undo this change and go back to the color scheme you’re familiar with.

The colors on your iPhone look the same because you have enabled the Invert Colors option.

This is often used to improve readability on the device, but it can be a very significant change in appearance if you are used to and use the default styles on your iPhone.

Fortunately, you can undo this change in just a few short steps by following the steps below.

Another reason your phone might sound different is the True Tone setting. Read our article on What is True Tone on iPhone to learn more about this feature.

How to Disable Color Inversion in iOS 7 (Illustrated Guide)

These steps are specifically for iPhones running iOS 7.

Exact steps and screenshots will be different if you are using a different version of iOS on your device.

If you have an iOS 7 compatible phone but haven’t installed it yet, check out our guide to walk you through the update process.

Step 1: Tap on the “Settings” icon on the home screen.

Click on the settings icon

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the General option.

Select the General option

Step 3: Tap on the Accessibility option.

Why does my iPhone change color?

Step 4: Click the button to the right of Invert Colors.

The change is instant and the menu screen changes to a white background by default. You can then press the home button at the bottom of the screen to return to the home screen.

How to get rid of crazy colors on your iPhone

Now that you have the answer to why my iPhone is changing colors, you can turn this setting off in the future, or turn it back on if you find you like the way it looks.

Is battery life a constant struggle on your iPhone? Learn about one simple change that will help you extend your phone’s battery life between charges.

iPhone 13 inverted color video

You can watch the video below for more information on changing the invert color setting on your device.