While technology provides several benefits from staying in touch with family to providing immediate access to information, using devices can be difficult. Some text is difficult to read and important notifications may go unnoticed. Fortunately for senior iPhone and iPad users, there are several ways to alleviate this difficulty and customize your experience based on your needs.
1. Larger text.
With the exception of the iPhone 6/6s and 6Plus/6sPlus, older generation iPhones have relatively small screens which can make reduce legibility. Even with larger screens, the text can be difficult to read. Fortunately you can increase text size in the accessibility features for iOS. Simply go to “Settings” > “General” > “Accessibility” > “Larger Text.” Turn on “Larger Accessibility Sizes” and drag the slider below to determine your preferred text size.
The zoom feature in iOS also increases visibility of text and images. It also helps with finger-reach on larger screens such as the iPhone 6/6s Plus. When used with large text, this feature will enhance your user experience and make reading text easier. To activate this feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > “Zoom” (located under Vision). Turn on Zoom. Below you will see instructions on how to use zoom. Simply double-tap three fingers to zoom in or out. Use three fingers to move around the screen. Double-tap three fingers and drag to change zoom. By clicking the white bar below the zoom box, you can change settings such as the size of the lens and the filter.
3. LED flash.
Aside from visual enhancements, iOS has an accessibility feature for alerts that is particularly helpful for those who are hard of hearing. Even with the loudest setting, it’s easy to miss important notifications. Using the LED flash notification feature, every time you have an important notification - like a text - the flash located next to the camera lens will blink. To prevent missing another important notification, go to Settings > Accessibility > “LED Flash for Alerts” (located under Hearing). Simply toggle on the flash for alerts.
5. Phone noise cancellation.
Activating this feature in iOS also benefits those who are hard of hearing. Phone noise cancellation helps reduce the amount of ambient noises during phone calls, making it easier to hear the other end of a phone call. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Phone Noise Cancellation.
6. Subtitles and captioning.
Though subtitles are automatically associated with television, it’s a particularly beneficial feature when it comes to watching videos on your iPhone. Instead of searching through each app’s subtitle settings, activate this feature through iOS to streamline the process. Go to Settings > Accessibility >Subtitles and Captioning. Then toggle on “Closed Captions + SDH.” To enlarge subtitle text go to “Style” and select “Large Text.”
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