Your phone, your friend
Smartphones have taken over the world, right? It seems like everyone now has an app, a website, or a text messaging system to get things done.
We all try to keep with the pace of technology, but it can be… a lot! So, how do we keep up when devices are smaller, faster, and more complex? There is a way: adjust the settings. Let’s find out how.
Newer phones have a menu called “Accessibility.” On iPhone, you can find this menu in Settings > Accessibility. These settings let you set up your phone so it works better for you.
We know the Accessibility menu might be overwhelming. So we’ll go over some of the basics you might want to know below.
Display and text size
In the section Vision in Settings > Accessibility, there are different options you can use to make things larger and clearer on your screen.
In Display & Text Size, you can find:
- Larger text: This option allows you to make all of the text on your phone larger or smaller.
- Increase contrast: The difference in light colors and dark colors will be greater.
There are also options to change the colors displayed. This is useful if you have trouble telling some colors apart.
Other features in “Vision” include using your fingers to increase the size of the screen (Magnifier or Zoom, depending on the version of your operating system).
Audio and On-screen text
In Settings > Accessibility, there are ways to adjust the sound and text for audios and videos.
Vida offers closed captions. That means you can read the words being said in the video as you watch it. To turn captions on or off in the Vida app, click on a video. In the bottom right corner, click the text bubble icon, and select English, Spanish, or None. You can also find step-by-step instructions in this article: How to use the Subtitle button.
If you find the size of our default captions too small, you can make them bigger by going to Settings > Accessibility. Scroll down until you find Hearing and click on Subtitles & Captioning. Click on Style, and choose how you like to see the subtitles.
Your phone, your way!
The Accessibility menu on your iPhone phone will evolve over time, so make sure to check it out every now and then. As features change, you might find that you can adjust settings to better fit how you like to take in information.