Ars Technicos reader @karl_soslow1 has posted a video that shows how to turn a phone’s blue-and-white hue into a dark, warm gray.
It’s a neat little trick that could easily be replicated on any color-accurate phone, and it’s possible to make it work on any device.
The trick is that, while the phone’s colors are black, red, and white, the iPhone’s colors aren’t.
“The iPhone has a great balance of bright blue and gray,” says Chris Soslow, who discovered the trick after testing it on his iPhone 5S.
“When I changed the iPhone from its default black to red, it was still blue, but the hue changed.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been looking at a photo and thought, I want this to be this way on the phone, but I just can’t find a way to do it.”
To work around the issue, you can change the color of the phone to something else, like green.
You can do this with any color you want, but if you change the phone from blue to a dark red, you’ll lose some of its brightness.
It’ll still be usable, but it’ll take some getting used to.
You could also just switch to a white color, like the default iPhone blue.
The good news is that switching colors on your phone is relatively easy.
“I use a red iPhone to test my color schemes,” Soslo explains.
“If I have a white iPhone and a red red iPhone, and I change them, my color scheme will be red red.”
To switch back to the default red, Soslos needs to open the iPhone Settings app and tap the Color Palette button.
If the button is grey, then the color you’re looking for is black.
You’ll then see a blue slider that changes the color from blue back to red.
If you’re trying to change colors on a device that has a different color display, you need to go back to your phone, tap the Colors tab, and select the new color.