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Setting the Screen’s Brightness, View, Text Size, and Wallpaper

Because you continually look at your iPhone’s screen, it should be the right brightness level for your eyes. However, the screen is also a large user of battery power, so the dimmer an iPhone’s screen is, the longer its battery lasts. You have to find a good balance between viewing comfort and battery life. Fortunately, your iPhone has an Auto-Brightness feature that automatically adjusts for current lighting conditions.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer two views. The Standard view maximizes screen space and the Zoomed view makes things on the screen larger, making them easier to see but less content fits on the screen.

As you use your iPhone, you’ll be constantly working with text so it’s also important to configure your text to meet your preferences.

Although it doesn’t affect productivity or usability of the iPhone, choosing your own wallpaper to see in the background of the Home and Lock screens makes your iPhone more personal to you and is just plain fun.

Setting the Screen Brightness, View, and Text Size

To set the screen brightness, view, and text size, perform the following steps:

  • c_1.jpg In the Settings app, tap Display & Brightness.

  • c_2.jpg Drag the slider to the right to raise the base brightness or to the left to lower it. A brighter screen uses more power but is easier to see.
  • c_3.jpg If you don’t want to use the Auto-Brightness feature, slide the switch to off (white) to disable this feature. The Auto-Brightness feature adjusts the screen brightness based on the lighting conditions in which you are using the iPhone. You’ll get more battery life with Auto-Brightness on, but you might not be comfortable with the screen when you use the iPhone where there isn’t a lot of ambient light. Try using your iPhone with this feature enabled to see whether the automatic adjustment bothers you. You can always set the brightness level manually, as described in step 2, if it does.

  • c_4.jpg Tap View; if you don’t see this option, your model doesn’t support it and you can skip to step 17. The View settings enables you to set the zoom level you want to use.

  • c_5.jpg Tap Standard.
  • c_6.jpg Look at the sample screen.
  • c_7.jpg Swipe to the right to see examples of what other screens look like in the Standard view.

  • c_8.jpg Look at the sample screen.
  • c_9.jpg Swipe to the right to see examples of what other screens look like in the Standard view.
  • c_10.jpg Tap Zoomed. The sample screens change to reflect the Zoomed view.

  • c_11.jpg Swipe to the left and right to preview the other sample screens in the Zoomed view.
  • c_12.jpg If you want to keep the current view, tap Cancel and skip to step 16.
  • c_13.jpg To change the view, tap the view you want.
  • c_14.jpg Tap Set (if Set is grayed out, the view you selected is already set and you can skip to step 16).

  • c_15.jpg Tap Use Zoomed (this is Use Standard if you are already using the Zoomed view). Your iPhone restarts and uses the new view.

  • c_16.jpg Move back into the Settings app and tap Display & Brightness.
  • c_17.jpg Tap Text Size. This control changes the size of text in all the apps that support the iPhone’s Dynamic Type feature.

  • c_18.jpg Drag the slider to the right to increase the size of text or to the left to decrease it. As you move the slider, the text at the top of the screen resizes so you can see the impact of the change you are making.
  • c_19.jpg When you are happy with the size of the text, tap Back.

  • c_20.jpg If you want to make all of the text on your iPhone bold, set the Bold Text switch to on (green) and move to step 21. If you don’t want to bold the text, skip the next step.

  • c_21.jpg Tap Continue. Your iPhone restarts. All the text is in bold, making it easier to read.

Setting the Wallpaper on the Home and Lock Screens

Wallpaper is the image you see “behind” the icons on your Home screens. Because you see this image so often, you might as well have an image that you want to see or that you believe makes using the Home screens easier and faster. You can use the iPhone’s default wallpaper images, or you can use any photo available on your iPhone. You can also set the wallpaper you see on the iPhone’s Lock screen (you can use the same image as on the Home screens or a different one). To configure your wallpaper, perform the following steps:

  • c_1.jpg In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper. You see the current wallpaper set for the Lock and Home screens.

  • c_2.jpg Tap Choose a New Wallpaper. The Choose screen has two sections. The APPLE WALLPAPER section enables you to choose one of the default wallpaper images while the PHOTOS section shows you the photos available on your iPhone. If you don’t have any photos stored on your iPhone, you can only choose from the default images. To choose a default image, continue with step 3; to use one of your photos as wallpaper, skip to step 8.

  • c_3.jpg Tap Dynamic if you want to use dynamic wallpaper or Stills if you want to use a static image. Dynamic wallpaper has motion (kind of like a screen saver on a computer). Stills are static images. These steps show selecting a still image, but using a dynamic one is similar.

  • c_4.jpg Swipe up and down the screen to browse the images available to you.
  • c_5.jpg Tap the image you want to use as wallpaper.

  • c_6.jpg Tap Perspective Zoom to turn it off or on; the current setting is indicated by On or Off. When you tap Perspective Zoom, it toggles between these states. (See the sidebar “Perspective Zoom” at the end of this task for an explanation of this feature.)
  • c_7.jpg Tap Set and skip to step 15.

  • c_8.jpg To use a photo as wallpaper, swipe up the screen to browse the sources of photos available to you; these include Recently Added, albums, and so on.

  • c_9.jpg Tap the source containing the photo you want to use.

  • c_10.jpg Swipe up and down the selected source to browse its photos.
  • c_11.jpg Tap the photo you want to use. The photo appears on the Move and Scale screen, which you can use to resize and move the image around.

  • c_12.jpg Use your fingers to unpinch to zoom in or pinch to zoom out, and hold down and drag the photo around the screen until it appears how you want the wallpaper to look.
  • c_13.jpg Tap Perspective Zoom to turn it off or on; the current setting is indicated by On or Off. When you tap Perspective Zoom, it toggles between these states. (See the sidebar “Perspective Zoom” at the end of this task for an explanation of this feature.)
  • c_14.jpg Tap Set.

  • c_15.jpg Tap Set Lock Screen or Set Home Screen to apply the wallpaper to only one of those screens; tap Set Both to apply the same wallpaper in both locations. The next time you move to the screen you selected, you see the wallpaper you chose.

  • c_16.jpg If you set the wallpaper in only one location, tap Choose to move back to the Choose screen and repeat steps 3–15 to set the wallpaper for the other screen.

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