How to troubleshoot when the Samsung phone display is unexpectedly grayscale

Last Update date : 2022-12-27

If the color on your phone's screen suddenly looks all black and white, some features of your phone may have been activated. Features such as Bedtime, Dark mode, or Visibility enhancements mode may have been accidentally turned on or automatically activated. Follow the guide below to adjust these features.

Before you try the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Check 1. Deactivate the Bedtime mode feature

If Bedtime mode is enabled, all colors on the screen will be displayed in grayscale. Bedtime mode lets you get ready for bed by turning your screen black and white and muting calls, notifications and other sounds. You can activate Bedtime mode to reduce eye strain and prevent sleep disturbances before going to sleep. If Bedtime mode is enabled, follow the steps below to turn it off.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, and then select Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap Bedtime mode.

Step 3. To disable the Bedtime mode, tap the switch next to Turn on as scheduled so that it's off.

deactivate bedtime mode


  • This feature operates according to a schedule and is automatically deactivated after a scheduled time.
  • Bedtime mode may not be supported depending on the device, and the menu name may be Wind Down.

Dark mode allows you to reduce eye strain when using the device at night or in a dark place. You can also set a schedule for applying Dark mode. If Dark mode is enabled, follow the steps below to turn it off.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, and then select Display.

Step 2. Check if the Dark mode is enabled, and then tap the Light mode.

Alternatively, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick panel, and then tap the Dark mode icon to turn off this feature.

deactivate dark mode

Set a schedule for Dark mode

You can set Dark Mode to turn on or off automatically. Follow the steps below to automatically turn on Dark mode at sunset or at a specific time. Even if you set a scheduled time for Dark mode, you can still turn it on or off manually whenever you want.

Step 1. Tap the Dark mode settings in Display menu.

Step 2. Tap the switch next to Turn on as scheduled. Choose Sunset to sunrise to schedule Dark mode to turn on between sunset and sunrise. In this case, Location needs to be turned on.

Step 3. You can also choose Custom schedule to set your own schedule for Dark mode.

Step 4. Tap Start time, select your desired time, and then tap Done. Next, tap End time, select a time, and then tap Done.


  • Dark mode may not work if you're using a downloaded theme, a high contrast font, or certain third-party apps.
  • Depending on the model and version, Dark mode may be called Night mode.
  • The Dark theme may not be applied in some apps.

Some accessibility options for visually impaired users may cause the screen to appear in grayscale. Follow the steps below to turn off the Color adjustment function.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, and then select Accessibility.

Step 2. Select Visibility enhancements.

Step 3. Select Color adjustment.

Step 4. Tap the switch to turn off Color adjustment.

If your phone's screen looks darker or grayscale, you may have Power saving mode enabled. Power saving mode conserves battery power by reducing screen brightness, changing grayscale, limiting Processor performance, and turning off vibration feedback. Follow the steps below to disable the Power saving mode.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, and then select Battery and device care.

Step 2. Tap Battery.

Step 3. Tap Power saving mode.

Step 4. Tap the switch at the top of the screen to deactivate Power saving mode.

Note: Device screenshots and menu may vary depending on the device model and software version.

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