How to Fix Missing or Inverted Colors On iPad

One of my readers recently wrote about a problem with loss of color on her iPad. The iPad had switched to black & white instead of showing all the usual colors. Here’s what I suggested:

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors
Turn off

Also possible you enabled Night Shift
Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift
Check the setting

If you need to use a certain Accessibility feature regularly, but don’t want to go through all the menus every time to activate/deactivate, you can set an accessibility shortcut.
General > Accessibility
Scroll to the bottom of the Accessibility pane
Tap Accessibility Shortcut
There you can choose one accessibility feature to activate when you rapidly triple-press the home button

For more on inverted colors on the iPad, see this article

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About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.