This post is the third installment in our series devoted to iPhone and iPad functions that are ever so useful, but not commonly known by many users.
As we Boomers and Seniors grow a bit older, we find our vision isn’t as sharp as we would like, our hearing is interfered with by background noise, and our fingers may not be as nimble as they once were. Fortunately, our iPhones and iPads have features that help with these very irritating changes. Find them in the Accessibility section of Settings. Let’s take a look.
Go to Settings>General>Accessibility
There is a long list of options.
Here is the list of possibilities related to vision issues. You can…
- Use Voice Over to have text read aloud
- Increase the size of text with several of the options
- Change the contrast between the background and the text for easier reading.
It’s worth 30 minutes of time, we think, to play around with these features to see if they are useful. One more way to personalize our iPhones and iPads.
Another group of options is labeled Interaction. AssistiveTouch is turned on. Using an iPhone and/iPad requires swipes, taps, and pushes. Arthritis, Parkinson’s, broken bones, and other conditions often makes these movements difficult or painful. AssistiveTouch is a series of shortcuts to make iPhone/iPad use physically easier. Below are a series of images that demonstrate how it works.
When AssistiveTouch is turned on a blackish-grey button will appear on your screen. It moves so you can drag it anywhere on the screen.
Tap on the button and these options appear thus eliminating some gestures and button pushes that can be difficult for some folks.
Tap the Device icon on the mini screen pictured above and these options appear, once again eliminating some gestures and button pushes.
Here are the options for hearing impairment.
Under Media, you will find the option for Subtitles and Captioning. Think how helpful to have captions for TV shows and movies when the dialog seems to go at warp speed and accents are involved.
Take time and explore the Accessibility options. Remember you find them at Settings>General>Accessibility. No need to curtail activities because certain parts of our bodies forget to work as they did when we were 25–iPhones and iPads have features to compensate!
If you haven’t reached Boomerhood yet, but have family and friends who would benefit from the accessibility features, sit down with them this weekend and show them their options. Remember to be patient–don’t just grab the phone and make changes you think they should have. Work through the options together so they see how things work.
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