How to Enable Inverted Mode in Android ICS to Save Battery

If you are having one of the latest Android smartphones running ICS or running Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your current phone, you can enable the inverted mode to save battery. Inverted mode is a mode where the colors are displayed exactly the opposite way of how they are originally meant to be displayed.

For example, on a web page, you would be seeing the background in black and the texts and images on it in black instead of the normal way of seeing the background in white and text in black.

How does this work :

Using a black background while reading your webpages instead of white is a very efficient way to save the battery power consumed by your mobile screen display. And nowadays mobile phones come with highly powerful HD displays, so it would matter a lot if your display could save some battery. While there are a lot of debates if Google should go black on its background to save over 750 Megawatt-hours per year, you can start doing this right away on your Android ICS phone to save battery.

How to enable Inverted Mode :

  1. On your Android ICS phone, open the App drawer and click on the ‘Internet’ app.
  2. Now press the Menu/Options key and pick the ‘Settings’ option by tapping on it. 
  3. Click on ‘Accessibility’ to enter the sub-category of options.Android ICS Browser Settings
  4. Once you are within the Accessibility sub-category, scroll down and you will see an option to turn Inverted Reading on with a description line that reads ‘Black becomes white and vice versa’. Tap on it to enable.
  5. Now you will see a preview of the webpage you are currently viewing just to give you a quick idea of how it looks. 
  6. Go back and enjoy browsing in Inverted Mode.

Now that you have Inverted Mode enabled, you can turn it off whenever you want. However, if you are comfortable browsing this way, do keep it on as it can conserve battery on your Android ICS Smartphone. Do let us know in the comments how much of battery it helps you save on a daily run.



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  2. DD

    May 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Nice advice

  3. Farhan

    May 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    wont it degrade the display quality quite a bit

  4. savuth

    May 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Dear ICS users,

    I would like to share with you some comments on the new version of ICS on smart phone. I am using SGS II, it was installed Gingerbread, then I have just upgraded it to ICS and I really love it. ICS does save a lot of battery, even if the Wi-Fi is on whole night, just only 3% of battery was exhausted.I really appreciated it (ICS).

    I am disappointed one thing on the ICS camera app does not support the turn off shutter sound, this will effect in some countries’ law. I would suggest to upgrade this camera sound shutter to give the users an opportunity to turn on/off. this will help a lot.


  5. rampaji

    May 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

    i have an unlocked gsm samsung galaxy which is NOT rooted… does not show the option of Inverted mode under Accessability,for which i am very keen….i am in India on Vodaphone network…please help
    dr ks ramamurthy

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