Color inversion is a pesky feature that’s available on devices running android 5.0 and higher. This is still an experimental feature albeit one that can help make night reading easier for you. Staring at a bright screen just before you get to bed can wreak all sorts of havoc on your sleep patterns. Sometimes, though, you might need something to get done via your phone and that means you really have no choice. Most people consider installing android apps that filter out blue light and protect your eyes as a fix to this problem. But color inversion can be an even faster and more convenient solution.

When color inversion is turned on, the display turns to black and white, or greyscale modes. These might not be attractive to look at, but they help with eye-strain and can be a good way to read through text when it’s dark. Most app developers and forum commentators appear to be nullifying the necessity of this accessibility feature, but it’s all the same important and used by a section of Android users.

Enable color inversion

There are two methods to invert colors on your Android device. Slide down the drop-down navigation bar from the top of your screen. You probably should see the option ‘Invert colors’ listed somewhere amongst all the other shortcuts. If you don’t see it, though, you’ll have to navigate to your device’s accessibility settings.

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  • Launch the Settings app on your Android gadget.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Accessibility’ menu option under the System cluster.
  • Tap on ‘Accessibility’ to open the secondary menu and scroll down to the Display section.
  • You should be able to see the Color inversion option right under the display. Simply slide the toggle to turn it on.

Immediately this feature is turned on, you’ll note that your screen color changes to negative. That means that are colors are inversed. The background of your settings, app drawer, etc turns black. In the same way, any black text is changed to white color. Basically, what happens is that everything gets reversed color-wise.  If you want to observe the full effect of this feature, open your colorful photos and see how they show.

Since color inversion is still an experimental feature, it might significantly affect the very performance of your apps and games. This feature converts your blacks to whites, reds to greens and blues to yellows, etc. Only use it with caution. The darker scheme that’s realized after you turn on color inversion obviously helps minimize battery usage. It also increases visibility and accessibility for certain people.

Most people prefer not to keep color inversion turned on. You can easily disable it sliding off the same slider to toggle off. Your device will instantly switch back to the normal, default color scheme so that everything will show normal.

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