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Setting Accessibility Options

The iPhone has a lot of features designed to help people who are hearing-impaired, visually-impaired, or who have a number of other physical challenges, to be able to use it effectively. These features can be enabled and configured under the Accessibility Settings screen.

  • c_1.jpg On the Settings screen, tap General.

  • c_2.jpg Swipe up the screen until you see Accessibility.
  • c_3.jpg Tap Accessibility. The Accessibility screen is organized into different sections for different kinds of limitations. The first section is VISION, which includes options to assist people who are visually impaired.

  • c_4.jpg Use the controls in the VISION section to change how the iPhone’s screens appear. Some of the options include:

    • VoiceOver—The iPhone guides you through screens by speaking their contents.
    • Zoom—This magnifies the entire screen.
    • Invert Colors—This changes the screen from dark characters on a light background to light characters on a dark background.
    • Grayscale—This option causes the screen to use grayscale instead of color.
    • Speech—Under the Speech option, Speak Selection has the iPhone speak text you have selected, Speak Screen provides the option to have the screen’s content spoken, and Speak Auto-text has the iPhone speak corrections it suggests to you, such as auto-capitalizations.
    • Larger and Bold Text—These increase the text size and add bold; these are in addition to the Text Size and Bold settings described earlier. You can make the text even larger.
    • Other options—You can also change button shapes, change contrast, reduce motion, and turn labels on or off.
  • c_5.jpg Swipe up to see the HEARING section.
  • c_6.jpg Use the controls in this section to configure sounds and to configure the iPhone to work with hearing-impaired people. The controls in this section include:

    • Hearing Aids—You can pair an iPhone to work with a Bluetooth-capable hearing aid and put it in hearing aid mode.
    • LED Flash for Alerts—When you set this switch to on (green), the flash flashes whenever an alert plays on the phone.
    • Mono Audio—This causes the sound output to be in mono instead of stereo.
    • Phone Noise Cancellation—This switch turns noise cancellation on and off. Noise cancellation reduces ambient noise when you are using the Phone app.
    • Balance—Use this slider to change the balance of stereo sound between left and right.
  • c_7.jpg Swipe up to see the MEDIA section.
  • c_8.jpg Use the controls in this section to add features to video playback, including:

    • Subtitles & Captioning—Use these controls to enable subtitles and captions for video and choose the style of those elements on the screen.
    • Video Descriptions—This causes a description of a video to be played when available.
  • c_9.jpg Use the Guided Access setting if you want to limit the iPhone to using a single app and to further configure the features, such as Passcode Settings and Time Limits.

  • c_10.jpg Swipe up to see the INTERACTION section.
  • c_11.jpg Use the controls in this section to adjust how someone can interact with the iPhone. The controls here include:

    • Switch Control—The controls on this screen enable you to configure an iPhone to work with an adaptive device.
    • Assistive-Touch.—These controls make an iPhone easier to manipulate; if you enable this, a white button appears on the screen at all times. You can tap this to access the Home screen, Notification Center, and other areas. You can also create new gestures to control other functions on the iPhone.
    • Call Audio Routing—Use this to configure where audio is heard during a phone call or FaceTime session, such as headset or speaker.
    • Home-click Speed—Use this to adjust the speed at which you need to press the Touch ID/Home button to register a double- or triple-press.
  • c_12.jpg Use the Accessibility Shortcut control to determine what happens when you press the Touch ID/Home button three times.

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