Hidden Accessibility Features To Make iPhone Easier

Your iPhone or is loaded with a number of features that can help you use your phone more easily, whether you want a larger text or easier gestures. Additionally, you can use your AirPods as hearing aids or put your iPhone into a magnifying glass. In this post, we’d like to share you the hidden features that you might not know to make your iPhone easier to use.

Make Text Larger

If you see the text on your iPhone is quite small, you can make it larger to read it more easily. While this feature does not work in every single app, it works in many of them.

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To find out this option, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and choose Larger Text. Drag the slider at the bottom to the right to get a larger text size. You can also toggle on “Larger Accessibility Sizes” to choose much larger text sizes.

Use Your AirPods as a Hearing Aid

If you have AirPods, you can then use them as a hearing aid. All you need is simply activating the “Live Listen” feature with your AirPods. After that, your iPhone’s microphone will capture audio near you and pay it louder via your AirPods.

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To enable this feature, go to Settings > Control Center and then add the “Hearing” shortcut to the Control Center of your iPhone. This shortcut only appears if your AirPods or other compatible hardware is connected to your iPhone. You just open up the Control Center and tap on the ear-shaped icon to enable/disable Live Listen.

Magnify Your Screen

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With Zoom feature on your iPhone, you can then magnify anything on the screen. To enable this option, simply go to General > Accessibility >  Zoom. From there, enable the “Zoom” feature at the top. From now, to open the zoom pane, just double-tap your iPhone’s screen with three fingers. If you want to close it, double-tap it again using your three fingers. You can also double-tap three fingers and then drag to change the zoom level. Doing so can help you see smaller things on the screen, even when the app does not let you zoom in.

Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass

Do you know that your iPhone can also be used as a magnifying glass? In fact, your device will use its camera and display a zoomed-in image on the screen, which makes it easier to read the small print.

To activate this feature, go to General > Accessibility > Magnifier and then enable the “Magnifier” feature. After that, simply triple-click the Power button on an iPhone X (or later models), or triple-click the Home button on iPhone 8/8 Plus (older models) to instantly open the magnifier.

Enable Closed Captioning

You want subtitles whenever you watch a video, you can then tell your iPhone to display subtitles for you. On your iPhone, there is a feature, called Closed Captions + SDH. To enable it, go to General > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning. From there, toggle on the “Closed Captions + SDH” feature. You can also select your favorite visual appearance for captions from here. However, not every app obey this setting and some apps have their own individual settings as well.

Use a Screen Reader

If you get trouble with reading the screen, the VoiceOver mode is for you. In this mode, the contents of the screen will be read out loud.

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To enable this option, navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle the “VoiceOver” option on. This screen offers many options for you to configure VoiceOver’s behavior like choosing your favorite voice in Voices > Speech.

Even when passing through your phone’s first-time setup, you can still activate this option with easy by triple-clicking on the Power button on your iPhone X or (later models), or the Home button on an iPhone 8 Plus or earlier models.

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Activate Color Filters

There are many color filters that can change the appearance of colors on your iPhone screen.at’s an useful feature if you’re color blind. You can also enable “invert colors” option to increase contrast and make your screen easier to read.

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To enable this option, go to General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations. Tap on “Invert Colors” option to invert colors of your iPhone’s screen. Select “Color Filters” if you want to enable a color filter, which can help with several types of color blindness.

Disable Shake to Undo

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Your iPhone uses “shake to undo” by default. So, when you shake your device, you will be prompted to undo typing. If you accidentally trigger this feature, you can disable it at any time. To do so, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Shake to Undo and turn it off.

Replace Swipes With Assistive Touch

If you have difficulty with swiping on your iPhone’s screen, you can enable Assistive Touch option to get a floating shortcut, which can perform actions like going home, opening the control center, double-tapping and more.

To enable the shortcut, simply navigate to General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.

Other Features To Use Your iPhone More Easily

In the Accessibility screen, it is also packed with other options. You can make the text on your phone bold, toggle on “button shapes” so that you can see what’s tappable on the screen, increase contrast, and other features. You can choose to show labels on the buttons in apps, so you can check whether they’re on or off more easily.

If your iPhone supports Face ID, you can tell your device not to require your physical attention, meaning that you can tell it to unlock even when you’re not looking at the screen.  You can also configure how your iPhone responds to your taps, or give you more time when you double or triple-click on the Power button.

Other options allow you to activate mono audio if you want to use your iPhone with mono headphones. You can also enable “LED Flash for Alerts” option and your phone will flash the LED light whenever there is a notification, message, incoming call in case you can’t hear the notification sound.

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