How to Turn Off the Black and White Apple Watch Screen

Is your Apple Watch suddenly only displaying black, white, and gray colors? This could be a little alarming if you didn’t do it intentionally.

The bright colors and vivid display of the Apple Watch are certainly one of its more appealing features so, when that disappears, it can be cause for concern.

Much like when you need to know how to turn off zoom on Apple Watch, this can be a difficult problem to attempt and fix.

Fortunately, your watch going to black and white mode is most likely caused by a change to the device’s Grayscale setting, rather than an indication of a problem. Our tutorial below will show you where to find that setting in the Watch app on your iPhone so that you can turn it off and restore the original brightly-colored display to which you are accustomed.

Tired of typing a passcode on that tiny watch face? Our guide on how to remove passcode from Apple Watch will show you how to disable it.

How to Change the Grayscale Setting on an Apple Watch

The steps in this guide are performed through the Watch app on your iPhone. The devices being used in this guide include the following specs:

iPhone model – iPhone 7 Plus

iOS version – 10.3.3

Apple Watch model – Apple Watch 2

WatchOS version – 3.2.2

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

open the watch app

Step 2: Touch the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.

select the my watch tab

Step 3: Choose the General option on this menu.

apple watch general menu

Step 4: Select Accessibility.

apple watch accessibility menu

Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Grayscale to turn it off.

how to turn off grayscale on apple watch

The change to your watch should be almost instantaneous if you are currently wearing the watch.

Turning off the Breathe reminders on your Apple Watch may be something that you are interested in doing, but didn’t realize that it was an option. Not everyone likes that feature, and the constant reminders to perform the breathing exercise may not be something you care to receive.

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