Decided to set an automation to turn my phone to grayscale later in the evening and I can’t describe the relief it gave my brain
@thetimmywall on Threads
My friend Tim taught me a neat iOS trick. I’ve been interested in using iOS’ colour filters to set my iPhone to greyscale, but I didn’t want to do it permanently. Tim’s Threads post taught me that it could be automated with iOS Shortcuts.
I now have my phone switch to greyscale when my pre-set “Wind Down” time begins. When I stop my wake up alarm the next morning, the colour returns. As bed time approaches, my phone becomes less tempting to look at. It’s great!
Here are the steps I used to create my automation:
- Open the iOS Shortcuts app (If you don’t have it, you can download it here)
- Go to the “Automation” tab [Screenshot]
- Start a new automation with the “+” in the top right corner [Screenshot]
- Pick your automation trigger. I searched for “Sleep” and then set the “When” to “Wind Down Begins”. You could also choose “Sleep” > “Bedtime Begins” or “Time of Day” > “Time of Day” [Screenshot]
- For the next step, “Do”, search for “Set Color Filters” [Screenshot]
- Set it to “Turn color filters On”. This will now turn your greyscale colour filter on at your chosen trigger time. [Screenshot]
- To reverse this automation in the morning, create another automation. This time, search for “Sleep”, but use the “When” of “Waking Up”
- Repeat the “Do” step by setting the action to “Set Color Filters”, but this time set it to “Turn color filters Off”
I hadn’t paid much attention to iOS Shorctuts since the first iOS after Apple bought Workflow. Let me know if I’ve missed any other handy automations.