Blackbox: Walkthrough Guide With All Puzzle Solutions

Blackbox (mind puzzles game / brain puzzles / :: infamous puzzles / think outside the box)
By: Ryan McLeod / Grow Pixel

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Ryan McLeod’s Blackbox is an iPhone puzzler that has you turning on the lights of little colored boxes by doing a number of different things with your phone that don’t include touching the game screen itself. This is a complete walkthrough guide for those looking for hints, tips, tricks and answers. Beware spoilers! Feel free to ask for hint in the comments section if you don’t want the answers.

Use the map below to find the level you’re looking for.

Note: Some time-related levels can be cheated by changing the time/date on your iPhone. So if you see a solution below that wants you to check the level at a certain time or date, it’s up to you to decide if you want to wait for that time or change it on your phone.

Walkthrough:

Levels 1 – 26 | Levels 27 – 51 | Levels 52 – 79

First six red lights/boxes:
1 – 4: Rotate your iPhone several times to light up each of the four boxes at the edges. You need to line up the red liquid with the lines that appear.
5 – 6: The two in the middle require placing your phone flat on its back so the two circles line up with each other and then turning your phone face down for the other.

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Two yellow boxes (sun):
7 – 8: Turn the brightness on your screen all the way down for one, then all the way up for the other.

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Four orange boxes:
9: Mute your phone for the left one. (Try the sleep button if you have a newer phone.)
10: Turn your volume all the way up.
11: Turn your volume all the way down.
12: Plug headphones into the headphone jack for the forth one. If you have a newer phone with no headphone jack, you can use the lightning adapter or wireless headphones!

Reddish orange box to the left of the yellow ones:
13: Put your hand over your phone’s camera so the screen turns off for a good 10-20 seconds, then move your hand so the screen goes back on. The color should have filled the screen.

Turquoise one above the last one:
14: Put your phone in Airplane mode and shut Wifi.

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Light purple one:
15: Take a screenshot

Two green boxes:
16 – 17: This has to do with time. Open it up at least once every hour of the day. Each box represents 12 hours. When you open it during a new hour, it will fill in another piece of the clock. Fill a clock for each light. (Note: You might just need to have the game open for those hours for this to work. It might not be necessary to open that particular level. One of mine lit up on the level select screen, without me opening the level first.)

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Three green boxes:
The balls represent your battery level.
18: The top box will light up when your battery is at 100%.
19: To light the middle one, plug your phone in after the balls already start filling up the screen.
20: Let your iPhone battery drain to 10% to get the bottom one.

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Mic levels:

Three light blue ones:
21: Try to be super quiet and keep any noise from getting into the mic for the top one (this one was hard for me to get).
22 – 23: I got both the middle and bottom by making a lot of noise into the mic, but I can’t seem to repeat the results with accuracy. So I’m not sure exactly what each of them wants from you.

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Purple box to the right:
24: Say “Blackbox” into your phone’s mic. (You can also try “Hey, Blackbox.”) If it’s not working for you, try minimizing the game for a second and coming back to it.

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Two pink boxes:
25 – 26: These are based on the moon phases. You can either wait for a new moon and a full moon or change the date on your phone to a day with each. I chose February 8, 2016 and February 22, 2016.

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Amber
4 years ago

SPOILER ALERT
The fourth orange square you need to plug in headphones.

Liv
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I can’t figure out the one that is two grey boxes I know one of them you have to tap 3 times but I can’t figure out the second

T0fu
Reply to  Liv
1 year ago

tap all the same color

Calissa
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
3 years ago

What about the free pack that you get when you install the game, like the one that is originally 99 cents. Can you do a tutorial on that level pack, thanks ^^

Taylor
Reply to  Amber
4 years ago

How do you do the clock 1. I have gone through all the times but whenever I get to twelve, it inverts. How do I complete it ???

Bayar
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

AM PM

Haley_1987
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

Yeah, me too…. I thought was am pm, but whenever the clock reaches 12am or 12 pm, it will invert

Haley_1987
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

I’ve just pass that one, just change your clock setting to 24 hours, should work by then.

skye
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

you have to do pm and am E.G. 1pm and 1am

Kylie
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

It inverts from A.M to P.M.

Brianna Barket
Reply to  Taylor
4 years ago

you have to do am and pm!

Blah blah
Reply to  Amber
4 years ago

The 3 vertical blue squares you have to blow into the mic not make noise. They’re bubbles…blowing bubbles

Ty
Reply to  Blah blah
1 year ago

How do you do the bottom one because I keep blowing into it and it just does the middle one

Van
Reply to  Ty
1 month ago

i put on my headphones and put the mic in my mouth and went woooo while breathing heavily and that worked haha. you basically have to make the whole screen blue

Eletroe
Reply to  Amber
4 years ago

Whenever I type blackbox://? and go back to black box it doesn’t work???

TheJodake
Reply to  Eletroe
1 year ago

It’s not actually a question mark. Apparently, the site just won’t render the Emoji. You need the key Emoji and the lightbulb Emoji, in that order.
This may be a couple of years too late. Anyways, I hope that this helps someone!

T0fu
Reply to  Amber
1 year ago

My phone is iphone 7

haizel
Reply to  T0fu
1 year ago

it doesnt matter mine’s a 6s plus and its perfectly fine

Begone_d3mon
Reply to  Amber
1 year ago

What about the top right orange square?? Is it do not disturb as that isn’t working for me ?

Eshtebala
4 years ago

Whats the answer to the three blue lights arranged vertically? I see in the background circles that look like rain droplets that increase with sound, I was able to switch on two of them but the last one on the top doesn’t want to turn on. thanks

john
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

yeh same with me

Swede
Reply to  john
4 years ago

You get the last one by being completely silent! That worked for me!

Mark Reilly
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

I screamed right into the mic and I got one

Dani
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

you have to be extremely quit so there are no sound bubbles to turn on the top one.

Vivian
Reply to  Dani
4 years ago

how about the bottom one though?

haizel
Reply to  Vivian
1 year ago

blow into the microphone rlly loudly

Ty ladd
Reply to  haizel
1 year ago

That just does the middle one for me (so does making really loud noises)

Reem
Reply to  Dani
1 year ago

Put it in a jar and leave it for few sec.

Jas
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

Does anyone know how to get the third blue box in the one that responds to your mic. I know you have to be loud and then silent for the first two but what about the third one?

Chloe
Reply to  Jas
4 years ago

“A jet taking off, a concert, or a jackhammer would definitely do” this is the clue

JShu
Reply to  Jas
4 years ago

just say bla blu bllaaa and make a weird voice… thats what I did…

Kyle
Reply to  Jas
4 years ago

You have to continuously be loud or talk directly into the mic

Beth
Reply to  Jas
3 years ago

I blew into my mic and it worked !! Do it for a few seconds tho

Helena
Reply to  Jas
2 years ago

Blow into the mic

Akshay Chavan
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

For the third (bottom most) blue color-
Turn the phone to silent mode (pushing the button on the left side of your device)
And scream out loud in the mic (near the speaker at the bottom)
Your Welcome.

Connor
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

One of them turns on by making a lot of noise, one turns on by shaking the device violently, and the last turns on by being completly silent.

Benjgbro
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Try clapping

Bcool
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Like holding your phone to a light on the city bus trying to solve a puzzle thinking it needs light to enter the camera. 🙂 personal story here.

Reem
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
1 year ago

Rubbing the mic quickly

UchihaSK
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

Make a big noise or just blow into the mic, it’ll lit up one. Then accelerate the phone, hold the phone and spin around a bit it’ll litght up another one. Then keep the phone in complete silence to get the last light.

Clive
Reply to  UchihaSK
4 years ago

I got one by clapping, one by silent and one by blowing in the mic

Fazia
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

One is silence, the other is noise enough to fill the screen and the last is an explosion or an extremely loud something.

Laurenne
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

Put your phone next to speaker and play music

Kim
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

that one you have to make sure no blue dots appear. has to be very quiet!

kuroshiryu
Reply to  Kim
10 months ago

all i did was use my beats (bluetooth) and it worked perfectly fine

Gert
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

Silence does

James Bond
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

The clue is “if youre happy and you know it…” so you have to clap twice and it works. worked for me

T0fu
Reply to  James Bond
1 year ago

meme review

Anonymous
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

One of them you have to be really quiet , the middle you have to be not to quiet but not to loud , and the last one just make a lot of noise .

Tatem
Reply to  Eshtebala
4 years ago

You have to be completely silent with that one

payton fetner
Reply to  Eshtebala
1 year ago

you have to be very quiet

john
4 years ago

that reddish orange box you talked about, how did you unlock it?? I tapped the screen and the message popped up about smudging but the level never opened for me.

also to solve the bottom green one you have to get your power really low (had mine at 10%)

if you play the game for 5 days straight it unlocks a dark red level, which you can complete by turning off your device and re-entering the app (you can time cheat and it will stilll unlock)

john
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

isnt that the one where you move the a on your home-screen? I’m talking about the one you mentioned to the left of the yellows, where you covered the camera or something

Hassan
4 years ago

For the two green ones about hours passing just go into the settings nd change time nd go back to the game , though u should do the time of am nd pm

Swede
4 years ago

If someone needs a little help here are some more answers.
SPOILER ALERT!
1. In the dark purple one you have to say “Blackbox”, not “black”.
2. In the mexican pink one (it on the lower part), you have to put the wrong touch ID finger 3 times.
3. In the puzzles that you have to buy, you get the 2 green ones by getting someone to call you, answering once and hanging up to get the other one.
4. The six purple ones you get by getting the right note with your voice and holding it long enough.
Hope someone finds this useful

Swede
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I also forgot to mention! The 4 blue ones may be activated by walking a certain distance I believe, still haven’t tested it out but the hints hinted towards it.
Oh, and the two pinks may have something to do with the moon cycle, I don’t know if its full moon or new moon, or maybe both.

Swede
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

The 4 blue boxes are location related, I took the bus home and had it on, the first one lit up after about 1.5 km or almost 1 mile, and I know the 3rd one will light up after 100 km or a little above 60 miles… So it’s going to take a while to complete that one.

Kylie
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I live close to Houston and I drove to almost the border of Louisiana and I still haven’t finished the last blue one.

Emily
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I got the last blue box after flying from Brisbane to Melbourne, so all I can say for certain is it’s some distance less than 1300km “as the crow flies”

I also got the highest altitude one as we came in for landing, when we were at about the same height as some of the highest buildings.

Matthew lunsford
Reply to  Swede
4 years ago

For the third light you have to travel 64 miles and the fourth one is 680 miles approximately

Beccles
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

For the light pink (I think) moon ones, Use the dates 8th February 2016 and 22nd February 2016, does the job.

Snailmail
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

It’s the lunar cycle. Full moon and new moon. You can change the date in your settings if you don’t want to wait.

Dev
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Wats the to pink box?

dgafqueen13
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

What do I do if that pink comment box isn’t showing up? I have completed almost all the levels even the moon one and it isn’t showing up.

Me
Reply to  Swede
4 years ago

Both

Uli
Reply to  Swede
4 years ago

No31 … its all about distance. If you want to walk – fine. But you’ll have to wait until you’re ready fot the Appalachian trail. I just drove close to 100km and did just NOT get the third box.
First is about 1km, second around 10km. Guess I have to wait for the fourth when I next visit a friend overseas … 🙂

Josh
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I can’t seam to get the sun rise sun set one, I’ve tried doing it properly, but can’t, what time zone are you in? When you did it? Cause it’s 10:45 in AEDT and it’s close to the sunset side but can’t get it

G
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

How do you unlock the little pink box? The one for the 3 times wrong ID?

ShayshayL
Reply to  Swede
4 years ago

For some reason i cant do the fingerprint one.
Does it need to b very quick b4 the print disappears off the screen?

Biggs
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I can’t get this challenge to appear for me! It’s the only one i am missing apart from the distance and the elevation ones… It’s the single pink box at the right of the game center icon. How did you guys get this one?

Biggs
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Yes i have it but it’s bot activated. Do i need to?

Biggs
Reply to  Biggs
4 years ago

Just activated touch id and it still doesn’t show…

Biggs
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

All of them except for the distance one (one light activated) and the altitude one (no lights so far)…

Biggs
Reply to  Biggs
4 years ago

It’s there this morning! Complete non-sense! Thanks for your help!

J
4 years ago

For the light orange one (clipboard) you have to copy the word “blackbox”

Jay
4 years ago

The 2 purple ones with cream circle is in line with the lunar calendar. If you set it to a day with a “new moon” the 1st box completed and the 2nd completes when you set it to “full moon” i looked up the lunar calendar online.

Chickenbreast
4 years ago

The 4 dark blue bots “vertical” .. Its for distance .. Distance is long tho .. The rather you are the more dots you get .. I went to the gym today which is 10 mins away .. Got the first one ..

And the 3 vertical light blue dots .. I think it has to do with altitude.. Didnt test it tho but it looks like mountains and sky .. 🙂

MartyMcSkywalker
4 years ago

If you go to Settings, Blackbox, and turn on the bottom option (it’s a black box emoji), you’ll get another meta challenge!

Swede
Reply to  MartyMcSkywalker
4 years ago

For that one all you have to do is turn off the button again and you will get a new challenge!

Michelle d
4 years ago

What about the upper pink one that has 2 boxes, they look like they are in some type of moon?

Michelle d
Reply to  Michelle d
4 years ago

Nevermind!!! I see you all answered my question already!

Hassan
4 years ago

For the 3 pink ones of the moon , change the time manually from settings too nd u wanna put the moon on the line for each light nd one on the peak for the 3rd one ??

MartyMcSkywalker
Reply to  Hassan
4 years ago

Yeah I just did that one by accident. Since its sunset where I live right now, it was on the line, and the box on the bottom right just lit up!

Mekhi
4 years ago

Additional tip: go to your settings, scroll down to black box and look at the options for the app. There’s a pretty interesting setting that’s a little unique…

Mekhi
Reply to  Mekhi
4 years ago

Whoops. I see someone has already mentioned that one. Does anyone have any solution for the greenish light that’s two lights to the left of the Game Center one?

MartyMcSkywalker
Reply to  Mekhi
4 years ago

Exactly! I need help with that one too! I thought it wanted me to lock my phone, but that didn’t work…

Betaboy
Reply to  Mekhi
4 years ago

I haven’t played in such a long time cause I was a beta tester, but I believe the one 2 to the left of the Game Center icon is unlocked by setting the time to earlier.

Kay
Reply to  Mekhi
4 years ago

For that one you just need to reset your time setting backwards. I just set it back by two minutes and that worked.

MartyMcSkywalker
4 years ago

Also, for the one that looks like a moon with two pink lights in it, just change the date to March 9th for the new moon, and March 23rd for the full moon. You’ll turn both lights on!

MartyMcSkywalker
Reply to  MartyMcSkywalker
4 years ago

Nvm if you live in Eastern North America then that’ll work… SORRY!

Hello,itsme
4 years ago

The light pink ones with the black background are moon related. I just change my time. (Date)
Hope this helps

Liz
4 years ago

after solving meta setting challenge, another block unlocked , it’s greenish and blue and I didn’t how to solve.. I unlocked the hint it says “the moment has passed on” .. I didn’t get it.. The block should be close to Game Center symbol by left side.. Sorry if you didn’t understand I’m not english

john
Reply to  Liz
4 years ago

I unlocked the hint and understood it, basically open the thing, wait for the box to turn off, go into settings, change the time back 1 minute and re-enter the BlackBox app. (basically you’re returning to the moment where the box had filled up, this the hint)

john
4 years ago

the red time-based one is to do with sunset / sunrise, I googled ‘sunset’ and set the time to the Google result and unlocked the left one, middle I think is midnight, the aim is to make the light hit the box, so try and move the time around if midnight doesn’t work

Lizz
4 years ago

Spolier!

I solved the greenish or bluish light ( two lights to the left of the Game Center one) by changing or activating 24 hour time option in setting .. Hope that helps

Cosmic
4 years ago

For the one 2 to the left of the Game Center icon, go back in time in settings (the hint was: the moment has past)

Lizz
4 years ago

Or maybe changing time! That works too.. Sorry for confusion Q_Q

Zero Sense
4 years ago

For the Green-Blue after completing the green from the meta settings unlock – next to game centre (mine not showing game centre atm) but you can unlock it by going back in time one minute – hint is: the moment has passed.

Johnny
4 years ago

I’ve got all of them but the 2 pink ones in the yellow circle thing – how do I complete these

Sarah
Reply to  Johnny
4 years ago

It’s a lunar phase. Change the date of your phone to a date of a new moon, this will light up one. Then change the date to a date of a full moon and this will light up the other. You can just google “when is the next full moon” and it will give you the dates.

Deniablesumo
Reply to  Sarah
2 months ago

Doesn’t work anymore, now you actually have to wait or it give you the pop up “patience is a virtue” and doesn’t complete.

Sarah
4 years ago

The pitch related one with 6 lines is very easy to do if you have a guitar. Strum each string individually – each string lights up a box.

Sarah
4 years ago

The three blue boxes with the orange triangle background are to do with altitude. I went to my parents’ house (they live on a hill) and that made the lowest one light up for me. Not sure how high I’ll have to climb to get the other two though.

Dougal
4 years ago

For the three blue boxes with orange triangles the hints talk about height so I’m assuming it’s how high up you are above sea level (or your original starting point )

Fumoffu
Reply to  Dougal
4 years ago

I should be able to test the location-based columns of 3 & 4 lights in a couple of days. I’m travelling 200 miles plus on Wednesday night, and when I get to my destination there’s a multi-storey carpark nearby.

MartyMcSkywalker
4 years ago

For the purple one above the three green ones (that have to do with battery level) saying “blackbox” or “black” or “box” lights up the line so it turns purple, but it doesn’t light up the actual light. Help?