Accessibility Tips

How to enable on/off button labels for better accessibility on iPhone and iPad

When you're changing settings on your iPhone and iPad, you typically end up toggling a switch on or off in order to do so. For most folks, this works perfectly fine. However, if you've got a visual impairment, you may want a representation of whether switches are actually toggled on or off. Luckily iOS comes with On/Off labels that to just that. All you've got to do is enable them!

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How to use zoom for visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

If you have a visual impairment that makes it difficult for you to read text or see icons on your iPhone or iPad, the zoom feature is a great accessibility option that allows you to magnify text and even your Home screen, but only when you need to. While larger and bolder text helps, enabling zoom adds even more flexibility on the fly. All you've got to do is enable it first!

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How to change Siri's language on iPhone and iPad

Siri is available in dozens of languages throughout the world. Just like you can change Siri's gender, you can also change its language. This is a great feature to remember if you or someone you know lives in a bi-lingual home, or if your iPhone or iPad didn't come out of the box with Siri programmed to your native language.

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How to use the flash on your iPhone as a LED notification light

Notification Center can make your iPhone beep or buzz when a new alert comes in, but what if you want or need more? What if you're hearing impaired or came from BlackBerry or some other smartphone with an LED notification light? What if you want that on the iPhone? Well, thanks to Apple and iOS Accessibility options, you can turn the LED camera flash into just that!

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts every new Mac owner needs to know!

If you just picked up your first Mac you may be scratching your head when you look at the keyboard for the first time. It's a little different than the Windows counterpart but that doesn't mean it's any harder to use and navigate. There is no shortage of handy keyboard shortcuts to help you move around OS X as fast and efficiently as possible. Here are the keyboard shortcuts we think every Mac owner should know right from the start:

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How to use VoiceOver on your Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV but find it difficult or impossible to see and navigate the menu system VoiceOver is there to help. An accessibility option meant to help those with visual challenges, VoiceOver "speaks" the controls to you, letting you hear what you can't see. You can even set up shortcuts to turn VoiceOver on and off with just two taps.

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How to darken colors for better visibility in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 brought with it a new, unified palette for everything from icons to interface elements, including the tint colors give to the new "naked" style text buttons. Unfortunately for some people those tint colors are just a little bit too bright to be read comfortably, especially on the primarily white backgrounds. Luckily, iOS 7.1 gives you the ability to darken those colors and hopefully make them much more legible. Best of all, it's easy to do!

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How to reduce the white point on your iPhone or iPad and make iOS 7.1 less bright

Some of the new accessibility features of iOS 7.1 are specifically for people who either have visual impairments or sensitive eyes. No doubt all of us have experienced a time where we are in a dimly lit room and unlock our iPhone or iPad only to have our retinas burned out by the bright screen. Luckily iOS 7.1 has adds an option to help mitigate this problem by making whites less harsh. Here's how to enable it:

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How to reduce the transparency of keyboards, menus, and more in iOS 7.1

One of iOS 7's signature features is "depth" and by that Apple means transparent layers with gaussian blur filters beneath them. While that might look fancy it can also be distracting for some people and, for those with visual impairment, it can be downright confusing and hard to use. Luckily, iOS 7.1 has added the ability to reduce transparency and render everything from the Dock to the keyboard to Control Center and Notification Center nice and opaque.

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How to enable button shapes on iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 adds a few new accessibility options that make using your iPhone and iPad a little more convenient. If you haven't liked the plain text buttons in previous versions of iOS 7, enabling button shapes in Settings not only makes buttons more obvious, it adds a little more depth to iOS, which some people may prefer. Here's how to enable them:

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