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This Smartphone Trick Could Actually Curb Your Addiction

Ben Stegner 13-10-2017

Is smartphone addiction a problem for you? Maybe you spend too much time browsing social media, or can’t rip yourself away when you have friends around. You can combat this with several handy apps The 5 Best Apps to Help You Fight Your Smartphone Addiction Are you addicted to your smartphone? These mobile apps will help you salvage your personal life and regain your productivity. Read More , but there’s another method that could help.


Both Android and iOS have settings you can flip that let you turn the entire screen grayscale. This black-and-white theme is included for accessibility purposes, but enabling it has a surprisingly negative affect on your desire to use your phone. Gorgeous wallpapers and icons, social media pictures, and videos don’t look nearly as good in grayscale.

iOS 11 users can enable grayscale by opening Settings and navigating to General > Accessibility. Under the Display Accommodations page, you’ll see a Color Filters slider. Tap it, select Grayscale if it’s not already checked, and your entire display will become black and white.

Android users first need to enable Developer Mode (which gives you access to a ton of useful options Every Android User Should Tweak These 10 Developer Options Android's Developer Options menu houses a lot of tools for those writing apps, but you can get something out of it, too. Here are the most useful settings hiding in the Developer Options. Read More ) to access grayscale. Note that the below steps and menu names may be slightly different depending on your phone and version of Android.

First, open Settings and scroll all the way down to the System header. Look for About Phone and once there, tap on the Build Number entry several times. You’ll see a pop-up exclaiming that you’re now a developer.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll see a new Developer Options entry near where About Phone is. Tap it, then find the Simulate Color Space option — it’s under the Hardware accelerated rendering header. Select this option and choose Monochromacy to make your display grayscale.

This Smartphone Trick Could Actually Curb Your Addiction Android Grayscale

Aside from making your phone less interesting to use 5 Simple Ways to Be a More Mindful Smartphone User It's easy to get sucked into the smartphone world in the modern age and forget about the real world. Here's how to take back control of your life. Read More , you’ll also neutralize ads, as you’ll only notice the text instead of the colors. The real world should look a lot more appealing than your grayscale display after a few days of this!

Will you try using a grayscale screen to help curb your phone usage? Does a grayscale screen make you less interested in your device? We want to hear what you think in the comments!

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  1. Moinulhaqq
    October 15, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Going to give this a try. Will let you know after 3 days if anything has changed for me.

  2. dragonmouth
    October 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    "Is smartphone addiction a problem for you?"
    No, it isn't. I don't own a smartphone. It's a very good trick to avoid the addiction.

    I know, I miss out on a lot. Like Candy Crush and Angry Birds. Like being accessible to all sundry 24/7/365. Like being addicted to checking my emails and texts every couple of minutes. Like having to buy a new smartphone every couple of years because the one I have has been obsoleted by the manufacturer. Like paying exorbitant prices for data plans that I will never fully utilize. Yeah, I sure miss a lot.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      I'm glad to hear that, guess you don't need this tip then :)