The first thing I do in the mornings is look at my phone. That's mainly because my phone is my alarm clock, but once my eyes are open and that screen is lit up in my hands, it's an awfully short trip to checking emails and perusing headlines. There's no reason for me to be doing this. My emails that early in the morning are mainly junk, and the headlines won't change much before I've brushed my teeth and poured a cup of coffee, right?
My wife says I'm addicted to my phone. I disagree, but I can definitely stand to spend less time looking at it. I'm not terribly active on social media, but I do enjoy me some idle scrolling. And, wow, do these tech companies know how to keep those thumbs constantly swiping up. We've got a toddler, and while I think we're pretty good about limiting her screen time, it would seem that technology has had its hooks in me from the start. So, I decided to try loosening my phone's grasp on my attention by switching the screen to black and white.
Changing the display to black and white is very easy. In your iPhone's settings, choose General, then Accessibility. Next choose Display Accommodations, then Color Filters. Tap the toggle on and a list of filters appears. Choose Grayscale and you're all set.
But no one wants to go through all this every time they want to turn color back on to check out an Instagram story. Clearly, you're not going to always want your screen to be black and white-after all, there will inevitably be photos to view and videos to share-which is what makes setting a shortcut integral. In the Accessibility menu, tap Accessibility Shortcut and choose Color Filters. Now, pressing the home button three times will toggle your display to color, then back with another three.