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Grayscale is a setting on the iPhone that allows you to remove the vibrant colors from your device. Social media apps like Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok use these colors to create stimulating experiences that trigger a dopamine response in the brain that can make the apps addicting.
In this article we will show you how to set up a shortcut automation on iPhone that allows you to automatically turn your phone to grayscale when using social media apps. The final result looks like this:
Every time you open Twitter your phone will enter grayscale mode, and when you leave it will go back to having colors.
Open the Shortcuts app, Select the Automation tab, Tap Create Personal Automation
*if you have never created a personal automation you will see the 2nd screen above, if you have an existing automation you will see the screen on the far right.
Tap App -> Tap Choose -> Search Twitter
Confirm 'Is Opened' -> Tap Add Action -> Search 'Set Color Filters'
Confirm 'Turn color filers' is On -> Toggle Ask Before Running Off -> Confirm Don't Ask -> Tap Done
Repeat steps 1-11 (this time select 'Is Closed' for step #7 and 'Off' for #10)
That's all. Every time you open Twitter you will see your screen go grayscale. Try setting this automation up for any apps you find unnecessarily distracting and watch your screen time plummet!
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