How to activate black and white screen on any Android

Who I am
Shane Conder
@shaneconder
Author and references

Why turn on the black and white screen on any Android and how does the device benefit from it?

You may want to enable this "black and white" mode on your Android device for cosmetic purposes only. However, the truth is that enabling this feature can greatly benefit your mobile, why do we say that?

Well, this feature is one of the many settings you can set to save battery life on your Android phone, as it optimizes the performance of the screen, especially if your phone has an AMOLED screen. All this means that you can use your mobile for longer, as the battery will last much longer. For this reason, now is the time to explain how to do it.



How to activate black and white screen on any Android device

You have three methods at your disposal. You will use one or the other depending on the version of Android installed on your mobile or tablet. You can do this through the menu "Developer options", from the menu "Accessibility" or from “Digital wellbeing”. 

Via Developer Options

This is an option that is generally found on any recent Android device. The first thing to do is activate developer options. This is achieved by accessing the Settings> Device Information> menu Build number. When you get to the latter option you have to to press several times (at least 7 or 8 come back) until it finally tells you “You are already a developer”.

After doing this, you need to go back to the main menu Settings and look for the System section. Once there, press Developer options and then Simulate color space. Finally, check the option Monochrome.



Then it will instantly change the look of your screen to black and white. If you later want to turn off this option or change the shades, repeat the steps until you reach the menu Simulate color space and there deactivate it or modify it according to your preferences.

From the accessibility option

Some manufacturers, like Samsung, put the option to put the screen in black and white in the Accessibility section. You can find this section by entering the Settings menu, then follow this path: Accessibility> Vision> Color Adjustment> Greyscale. This will put the black and white screen on your Android device.

Another much easier way to spot this option is use the internal search engine in the settings menu. To do this, type "color adjustment", "monochrome" or "grayscale" into that search engine.

From digital well-being

If your device has Android version 9 or 10, you can put the screen in black and white in a bit of a special way. What you should do is enter the Settings menu, then look for the option Digital well-being and finally Rest mode.


In this section you can configure the grayscale on the screen. You can even configure your mobile so that at a certain time, it could be sunset, this mode is activated. This is one of the many things you can see in the Digital Wellbeing section. Here you can also see the usage time statistics of the apps on your mobile. This way you will see which app you spend the most time in, which one sends you the most notifications, among other data.


Have you noticed how easy it is to activate the black and white screen on any Android? Now you can start putting grayscale on all of yours Android devices. Also, if your mobile has an AMOLED screen and you want to save more battery, you should learn how to activate Always on Display mode. Therefore, your mobile will not only look good, but you can also use it for much longer.


add a comment of How to activate black and white screen on any Android
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.