Accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch are designed for those with special needs. Apple has gone to great lengths to make their devices accessible to all people including those with hearing, sight, and motor skill impairments. These accessibility options are helpful for everyone.
For anyone with a sight impairment or if you just prefer a larger text size on your iDevice, simply navigate to the Accessibility Settings by going to the Settings App –> General –> Accessibility –> Large Text. Here you are presented with a number of text sizes. Changing the text size will affect your text messages, Contacts, Mail, Calendars, and Notes. When you open up any of these apps you will immediately see the change. To turn Large Text back off, simply navigate to the Accessibility Settings and turn select “Off” in the Large Text settings.
TeachMeiOS has several articles covering other accessibility options including:
- How to turn on Guided Access (Kid’s Mode): This mode will lock your device into one app ensuring that your toddler doesn’t accidentally open up your Messages app and text an embarrassing message to your boss and then open up your photos app and delete your recent vacation photos. Kids Mode is the perfect way to keep your kids busy when you need it without worrying about other content or settings on your device.
- How to bypass a broken home button (Assistive Touch Mode): This feature will give you a virtual home button on the screen of your device allowing you to completely bypass a broken home button. It also gives access to a person who is unable to physically push the home button. There are additional shortcuts that the virtual home button gives as well.
- How to get your iOS device to read any text aloud (Speak Selection Mode): This mode allows you to have your device read selectable text. This is especially helpful in turn iBooks into audiobooks by having the device read the book for you.