Most of the newer devices these days come with a grayscale mode that you can enable to save some battery life. The way it works is by disabling all the full 32 bit color so that your device’s graphics processor has to only render the screen in black and white. As the result, there will be less strain on battery life as the graphics chip will consume less power. However, Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices don’t come with a grayscale mode setting that you can access straight from your device’s settings. But, it has a hidden settings that can turn the screen into black and white. Although, it is still unclear if this mode works on GPU level or if it only overlays gray color, what we know is that this will not save as much battery as a true grayscale mode. However, this mode can lessen the strain on your eyes. If you want to try this mode and see if it saves your battery life, go ahead and read on. Here’s how to enable grayscale mode on Pixel.

Enable Grayscale Mode on Pixel

Before we can use this mode, you will need to enable Developer options on your Google Pixel or Nexus device. The process is simple. All you have to do is go to About Phone inside your device’s system Settings, then scroll down till you see Build number and tap that 7 times rapidly. You will see a toast message saying “You are now a developer!” if you do it right.enable Grayscale Mode on Pixel

Now, head back to Settings, scroll down till you find Developer options and then tap on it. There, scroll down and find Hardware accelerated rendering section. At the bottom, select the “Simulate color space” option and choose “Monochromacy”. This will make your screen enter grayscale mode immediately.

Now everything you seen on your screen will be in black and white. This may or may not affect your battery life but it is worth a try.

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