Why Does My iPhone Battery Icon Switch from Black to White?


The battery icon at the top-right corner of your iPhone screen provides a visual indication of the amount of battery life that you have left. You may have previously wondered why your iPhone battery icon is yellow, and discovered that it was due to enabling low-power mode.

But your iPhone’s battery icon can also switch from black to white, or vice versa, and you may be wondering exactly what determines the color of your battery icon.

 

Why Your iPhone Battery Switches from Black to White (or Vice Versa)

Below you can see a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone with a white battery icon, and one with a black battery icon.

why iphone battery icon switches from black to white

 

The only reason that the color of the battery icon has switched is because the color of the Home screen has been changed. Your iPhone will automatically choose black or white for your regular battery icon based on the color behind it. The color of the icon is the one that provides the most contrast with the color behind it.

You can experiment with this fact by adjusting the color of your wallpaper. You can change your wallpaper by completing the steps below –

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Select the Wallpaper option.
  3. Tap the Choose a New Wallpaper button.
  4. Select one of the pre-installed options by tapping the Dynamic or Stills picture, or select a picture from your Photos app by selecting one of the albums at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap a picture to select it.
  6. Tap the Set button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Choose whether you wish to apply the image as your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Both.

setting new wallpaper

 

 

Additionally, you will notice that the battery icon will also change to black when you are navigating through the Settings menu –

black battery icon

 

 

Or it will change to white if you are using an app with a dark background –

white battery icon

 

 

You can also invert the colors on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > and turning on the Invert Colors option.

inverting colors on iphone

 

 

The Settings menu background should then be black with white text. The inverted colors do not show up in a screenshot, however, which is why the screen is still the default color in the picture above.

 

If your iPhone battery is depleting too quickly, then it might be worthwhile to try out Low-Power mode. This setting adjusts a few settings to help improve your battery life and, if those adjustments do not negatively affect your device usage, you may find the added battery life to be very helpful.

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