TURNING your phone black and white could be the way to beat your smartphone addiction.
Experts now reckon putting your iPhone in greyscale mode will make you use the handset less.
The Sun Is it time to turn your iPhone grey?
Just last month, The Sun revealed how Aussie mums were using the “greyscale” trick to reduce their kids’ screen time.
The idea is that removing the alluring colours from your iPhone will make you want to use it less.
Speaking to the NYT, marketing expert Mack McKelvey, of SalientMG, said phone makers use design tricks to keep you hooked.
“You don’t buy black-and-white cereal boxes, you buy the really stimulating coloured one,” she explained.
You can choose various colour filters in iPhone settings
Mack went on: “And these apps have developed really cool tiles, cool shapes, cool colours, all designed to stimulate you.
“But there’s a vibrant world out there, and my phone shouldn’t be it.”
She decided to make the switch to greyscale – but found it difficult to actually activate the setting.
“It took like 40 minutes to figure it out. They buried the setting,” she said.
“You have to really want to do it.”
And NYT journalist Nellie Bowles also switched to greyscale, and found it reduced her phone usage.
“I’ve been grey for a couple of days, and it’s remarkable how well it has eased my twitchy phone checking,” she wrote.
Phones in black and white – a simple guideHere’s what you need to know…
How to turn your iPhone greyscale:
To activate greyscale on the iPhone, you need to turn on Colour Filters
First, launch the Settings app, then go into General
Next, navigate to Accessibility and then Display Accommodations
Select Colour Filters and you’ll see a list of options
You want to choose Greyscale
This will turn your iPhone screen’s colours black and white
You can change back to colour at any time by going into the same Settings menu
How to turn your Android greyscale:
First, go into Settings then About Phone
Tap on the Build Number several times until you see a message telling you that you’re now a developer
This means that Developer Options has been enabled
Now go back into Settings and tap on Developer Options near the bottom of the page
Scroll down and tap on Simulate Colour Space
Tap on it and choose Monochromacy from the pop-up list
You can switch this setting off at any time
It’s not an entirely new concept, of course.
Last year, tech firm Mozilla blogged about the idea of “going grey” to reduce phone addiction.
Two of the companies staffers turned their devices into black-and-white mode – and it worked.
In a blog post, brand strategist Daniel explained: “I know we agreed to try it for a week, but I’m staying with greyscale.
“It’s working for me. I don’t reach for my phone as much. My video consumption is way down. I’ve got more cash in the pockets of my Levi’s.
“These are good things. Heck, maybe I’ll even start leaving my phone out of the bedroom, something I’ve been saying I would do since I got my first iPhone.”
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