How to Configure iPhone Accessibility Settings

Assistive Touch, for example, has been well known to apple users for many years. Motion reduction, on the other hand, is a feature that is very much activated immediately by many people when adjusting a new iPhone or iPad for use.

Check out our list below with 10 very useful accessibility features of iOS to learn, activate and test on your iPhone:

1. Zoom

The Accessibility Zoom function has nothing to do with your camera’s zoom: it applies to the contents of the phone’s own screen. With a series of features, such as smart scanning, filtering what does not apply to the function, maximum level of the feature, among others, the Zoom tool can help people who have difficulty seeing on the small screens of cell phones.

To use Zoom on your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom > On and configure it, according to your preferences.

2. Text font size

Still in the dimensions area for people who need help to better see the content on the screen, the text size function allows you to increase the font size of the screen letters by huge proportions.

This applies to all apps that use the “Dynamic Font”, which naturally involves all iPhone natives, as well as email and communication apps like Gmail, WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, among a multitude of others.

To increase the size of the text displayed on your iPhone screen, go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen & Text Size > Larger Text > On and drag the bar from left to right to set the best font size for your reading.

3. Symbol on selection buttons

A simpler feature, but still interesting, is the activation of the symbols in the selectors, that is, the selection buttons, for activating or deactivating some function. Naturally, this is an adjustment for people who have color blindness or some other visual impairment, and it helps by allowing the button symbol to be interpreted in addition to its color.

To activate the symbol in your iPhone’s selectors, go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen and Text Size > Symbol in Selectors > On and that’s it, you’ll immediately see symbols on the activation buttons.

4. Classic or smart color inversion

This feature was used a lot before the emergence of Dark Mode on iOS, as light colors become dark, that is, the white background of a browser, a note in Notes, or the screen of a conversation in a communication app automatically becomes black backgrounds, giving better reading at night.

The difference between Color Inversion from Smart to Classic is that, in the first, everything that is image, photo, video, media in general and app icons, which can be unrecognizable with the application of the feature, are automatically detected so that color inversion is not applied, while in the second, all colors are inverted, regardless of what is being displayed on the screen.

To activate the feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen and Text Size > Smart Inversion or Classic Inversion.

5. Screen color calibration

Another feature often used to address special needs, iOS color filters can help recalibrate the device’s screen colors. The function features grayscale filters, a set of colors suitable for treating protanopia, color blindness or tritanopia, in addition to the option of overlaying a color across the entire screen.

However, the use of color filters is not exclusive to people with special needs: users who have exchanged the original screen of their devices for another one, replacing a cracked screen, for example, can use the intensity and hue controls of the overlay filter. color to adjust for any defects.

To explore the feature’s color filter options, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display and Text Size > Color Filters > On.

6. Reduction of movements between screens

The feature to reduce the movement between iPhone screens was launched by Apple due to a controversy that said that the excessive effects when switching apps, pages, and screens in iOS 7 caused discomfort, nausea, and caused labyrinthitis in some of its users.

As new versions of iOS were released and the effects were improved, the functionality remained, for those who prefer more practical handling of the iPhone, with a simpler and faster switching between screens, and without the embellishments and prettiness of Apple.

To reduce movement between your iPhone screens, go to Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduce Motion > On.

7. AssistiveTouch

This is definitely the accessibility feature that people use the most on their iPhones, or at least this was the case when the device had a Home button (until the iPhone 8 generation) that failed with little difficulty, which forced people to activate AssistiveTouch to continue using the cell phone without further problems.

The resource has a thousand uses for your iPhone. Basically, it adds a virtual Home button on your device’s screen that appears wherever you enter, with a certain opacity, transparent or not, this can be adjusted in the settings, and left in some corner of the screen.

By clicking it, you can have just one function configured, such as the Home button itself or another one you prefer, or a series of features together at once, such as activating Siri, taking a screenshot, controlling the volume of the device, locking the device, among many other options.

To use AssistiveTouch, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch > Enable and configure it according to your preferences.

8. Touches Back

The TouchBack feature was introduced with iOS 14 only to devices that have a glass back, that is, from the iPhone 8 generation onwards. With it, you can set a function for when you double tap quickly on the back of your device, and another for when you double tap.

It is possible to configure to take a screenshot, increase or decrease the volume, lock the screen, activate Siri, among a series of options, in addition to naturally being able to keep the feature disabled, to prevent functions from being activated accidentally with accidental touches on the back of your device.

To use Ringtones Back on your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Touch Back (last option, bottom of screen) > On and configure them to your preferences.

9. Sound recognition

Another feature from iOS 14, Sound Recognition is especially useful for those with hearing difficulties, but it can also be activated by those who always have headphones on, for example.

The function basically detects a noise previously selected by you and sends you a notification on your iPhone when you hear it. Among the various options are the sounds of doorbells, crying babies, screaming, barking dogs, coughing, car horns, sirens, and knocking on the door.

However, its use is not highly recommended if there is no real need, as the vast amount of notifications can annoy you. If your phone detects the sound of a shower, for example, a flurry of notifications related to “Running Water” detected will invade your iPhone’s Notification Center. Therefore, carefully assess the need for this feature.

To use Sound Recognition on your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Sound Recognition > On and configure the sounds you want to monitor.

10. Blink the flash LED

The functionality of flashing the flash LED when receiving alerts is another feature that needs to be carefully evaluated, as it can create a true festival of lights in your bedroom or work environment. If you are adept at Do Not Disturb in Focus Mode, you can even keep it activated without any problems, as the flash LED will only fire when you receive authorized calls according to your settings.

However, if your cell phone vibrates or rings on each incoming message notification, it may be that the LED blinker being fired all the time bothers you. A recommendation is to use it when you can’t hear your iPhone ringing, whether it’s in a noisy environment because you have headphones on, or simply because you keep it on silent and need to be aware of your incoming notifications.

To use this feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Blink LED for Alerts > On.

11. External noise cancellation

To maintain the quality of a phone call made in a public place, or even in a noisy place, there is an accessibility feature that cancels outside noise. To take effect, you have to hold the iPhone to your ear during the call, which naturally rules out the possibility of using the feature in hands-free calls.

To activate noise cancellation for your phone calls, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Noise Canceling > On.

12. Look Attention to Face ID

In order to bring more security to the unlocking of your iPhone through the Face ID feature, an accessibility adjustment makes it only possible to unlock your device when there is direct contact between your eyes and the front camera of the same.

To enable Face ID attention on unlocking your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Face ID & Attention > On.

13. High volume notifications

For users who often listen to music at too high a volume on their headphones connected to the iPhone, this accessibility feature notifies you when the acceptable volume limit has been exceeded for more than seven consecutive days, prompting you to consider lowering it. it and avoid causing permanent damage to your hearing.

To turn on high volume notifications on your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Volume Notifications > On.

14. Background sounds

Finally, the background sounds are sounds like rain, stream, ocean, among others, that you can play, whether while listening to music or not, using headphones or the speakers of the iPhone itself. Explore the feature and see how it can help you focus better on certain everyday activities and tasks, or even just relax.

To use background sounds on your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Background Sounds > On and explore the feature options.

Extra: Accessibility shortcuts

As an extra tip, to use one or more of these features listed above much faster than having to go into your iPhone’s Settings every time you need them, you can activate the accessibility shortcut, activated by pressing three times the side button of your device.

To activate it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut (last option, at the bottom of the screen) > and select one or more functions. When configuring more than one feature, when you activate the shortcut, a window will open with options for you to choose which one you want to activate at the moment.

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