Senior Tech Tips

Making your iPhone Elderly Friendly

By January 22, 2019 No Comments

Are you a senior?

Do you struggle with using your iPhone?

With every new phone that’s released and with every update that comes out, there are constant changes being made to the operating system. It’s important to know your device and to know what it’s capable of doing; in the end, it will make your life a whole lot easier.

First, you should set up Touch ID and Passcode. Do this by going to Settings, and then selecting Touch ID. This is something only newer iPhones will have. It allows you to unlock your phone or authorize purchases by using your fingerprint. You never have to remember passwords again!

Next, check out Voice Dial. When your phone is locked, you will still be able to make a call. This saves you some time if you don’t feel like unlocking the screen and going to the Contacts app. To set up Voice Dial, go into Settings, then select Touch ID, then toggle voice dial “on.”

This next tip is very useful if you have a medical condition that you would like documented. Navigate to Medical ID and input your information. If a doctor ever needed your medical information, he’d be able to access this, even while your phone is locked! This also makes finding emergency contacts a lot easier.

Last, and quite possibly the best, you can increase the text size on your iPhone to make reading information easier. Make your text size bigger by going into Settings, choosing Display and Brightness, and then selecting “text size.”

From there, you can adjust to your preferred reading size. You can also enable “bold text.” If you’d also like to text in a bigger font, go to Settings, click General, then choose Accessibility and select “larger text.”

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