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, 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) 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.
Aside from making your phone less interesting to use, 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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