Accessibility Tips

How to invert screen colors for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

For certain individuals that are visually impaired, inverting the colors of the iPhone and iPad screen may make text easier to read, particularly for users who are colorblind, or partially colorblind. The ability to invert screen colors is a built-in accessibility option that comes with all iPhones and iPads. So whether you yourself are visually impaired or you know someone who is, inverting screen colors may enhance your experience while using iOS.

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How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad

We use single and double clicks on our iPhones and iPads to return to the Home screen and open the app switcher. Apple also offers an accessibility option that lets you enable and customize a triple-click. You can choose between a few options so you can pick the one that's most convenient and useful for you.

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How to connect to hearing aids for auditory accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad come equipped with some great accessibility features that open the door to all kinds of functionality for those with hearing and visual impairments. One especially useful feature for those with auditory impairments is the ability to pair their iPhone or iPad with many supported hearing aids. There are even some hearing aids that carry the made for iPhone moniker so you know your experience will be seamless. To get started, you've just got to pair them together!

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How to enable switch control for motor accessibility on iPhone or iPad

Switch Control is an accessibility feature on iPhone and iPad that can help someone with a motor disability easily select highlighted items with a single switch. You can either use your iPhone or iPad's screen as a switch or pair an external one. Many third party accessories are supported and once paired, your iPhone or iPad can use it as a selection trigger. When the icon or group you want is highlighted, simply trigger the switch to select it. In order to use Switch Control, just enable it and set your trigger!

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How to enable AssistiveTouch for motor accessibility on iPhone or iPad

AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that comes built-in to every iPhone and iPad in order to help those that may have problems with specific gestures. Instead of having to perform them, AssistiveTouch can do them for you. If you need to use adaptive accessories such as a joystick, AssistiveTouch supports those as well.

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How to enable mono audio for auditory accessibility on iPhone or iPad

If you have a hearing impairment, the iPhone and iPad feature accessibility options that make certain features more usable. One of them is a mono audio option. Since stereo sound offers distinct left and right channels, someone with a hearing impairment in one ear may miss something. Enabling mono audio will ensure that all sounds go through both ears at all times. You've just got to enable mono audio in Settings to start using it.

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How to adjust Home button click speed for motor accessibility on iPhone and iPad

The Home button on every iPhone and iPad is a button we use constantly. Launch an app, tap the Home button to return to your Home screen. Switch between apps by double tapping the Home button, or even access other features with a triple tap. If the default Home click speed is too fast, the iPhone and iPad both have accessibility options that allow you to change it.

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How to enable subtitles and captioning for audio accessibility on iPhone or iPad

There are lots of accessibility options available in iOS that makes using an iPhone or iPad easier for those with visual and hearing impairments. If you or someone you know suffers from auditory issues, one of those features is subtitles and closed captioning while watching videos. To use them, you've just got to enable them first.

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How to increase contrast for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and iPad have some great accessibility features for those with visual impairments. For those that are colorblind or have issues with the transparency that iOS 7 brought with it, you can do a few things in order to enhance iOS visually. Apple gives you many options including reducing the white point, darkening colors, and turning off transparency. All you've got to do is enable the options in Settings that make reading text easier for you.

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How to enable button shapes for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

Even though iOS prides itself on being one of the most user friendly mobile experiences on the planet, that doesn't mean everything is always obvious. For those with visual impairments, some menus and places that you can tap on the screen may not immediately jump out at you. Luckily, iOS comes equipped with some great accessibility options that includes the ability to enable button shapes so menu items you can interact with are more readily obvious. In order to use them, you've just got to enable them first.

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