Make an iPhone’s dis­play eas­ier to read

If you’re hav­ing trou­ble read­ing your iOS de­vice’s dis­play, Ben Pat­ter­son’s six tips will help

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You don’t have to set­tle for itty-bitty text on your iPhone screen, nor must you deal with but­tons that don’t look any­thing like but­tons. Once you know which set­tings to change, you can boost the size of on-screen text on your iPhone or iPad, make words a bit more bold, zoom in with a vir­tual mag­ni­fy­ing glass, warm up – or cool off – Night Shift, and more.

1. Change text size

You don’t have to squint if the text on your iPhone or iPad is a lit­tle too small. There are a cou­ple of ways to boost the size of text on an iOS de­vice.

First, you can use the Text Size set­ting to boost the font size of on-screen text – or, if you re­ally want, you can make text on your iPhone or iPad look even tinier. Tap Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness > Text Size, then drag the slider one way or the other.

If you want to make ev­ery­thing look a bit big­ger – icons and but­tons in­cluded – you can try the Dis­play Zoom set­ting. Tap Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness > Dis­play Zoom, then flick on the switch. Keep in mind that you’ll see less stuff on the screen with the Dis­play Zoom set­ting en­abled, in­clud­ing one fewer row of icons on your home screen. Note that you’ll need to restart your iOS de­vice each time you tog­gle the set­ting on and off.

2. Give text a bold boost

Size mat­ters, sure, but maybe you’d like the text on your iPhone or iPad to look a tad thicker, too. If so, give this set­ting a try. Tap Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness, then tog­gle on the Bold set­ting. Once your iPhone or iPad restarts, your iOS sys­tem text – ev­ery­thing from icon la­bels on the home screen to the words in plain-text mail mes­sages – will look thicker and darker.

3. Zoom in with a vir­tual mag­ni­fy­ing glass

Not to be con­fused with the Dis­play Zoom set­ting, the iOS Zoom fea­ture will zoom the

en­tire dis­play on your iPhone or iPad – and with the help of a ‘win­dowed’ mode, you can drag a vir­tual mag­ni­fy­ing glass around the screen. Tap Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity > Zoom, then tog­gle on the Zoom set­ting to en­abled iOS’s Zoom mode. Next, dou­ble-tap with three fingers to zoom, then dou­ble-tap with three fingers and drag up or down to zoom in and out. A sim­ple three-fin­ger dou­ble-tap will also zoom all the way out on a zoomed-in screen.

Next, try this: back on the Zoom set­tings screen, tap Zoom Re­gion, then pick the Win­dow Zoom op­tion. Once you do, the three­fin­ger dou­ble-tap will call up a zoomed-in win­dow that looks like a rec­tan­gu­lar mag­ni­fy­ing glass. You can drag the han­dle at the bot­tom of the mag­ni­fy­ing lens to move it around the screen, or dou­bletap the han­dle and tap Re­size Lens to make it big­ger or smaller.

4. Make but­tons more ob­vi­ous

When iOS got its big makeover with the ar­rival of iOS 6, one of the most con­fus­ing changes was the new look for the on-screen but­tons, which stripped away ev­ery­thing that made

but­tons look like but­tons. Since then, but­tons on the iPhone and iPad are ba­si­cally just words float­ing on the screen. If you don’t know in­tu­itively that a word is a but­ton, you could be in for a con­found­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

We pre­fer to take out the guess­work and make but­tons look like but­tons again, and there’s an iOS set­ting that’ll let you do just that.

Tap Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity, then tog­gle on the But­ton Shapes set­ting. Once you do, but­tons and other tap­pable el­e­ments on the screen will ei­ther be un­der­lined or sur­rounded by a shaded rec­tan­gle.

5. Cus­tomize your Night Shift set­tings

If you’re hav­ing trou­ble fall­ing asleep at night, the bright glare of your iPhone’s screen may be to blame – hence Night Shift, the iOS 9.3 fea­ture that shifts your dis­play to warmer, more snooze­friendly colours. Chances are that if you’re us­ing Night Shift, you’ve got it set to turn on au­to­mat­i­cally at 10pm and turn back off at 7am. If that de­fault time set­ting isn’t work­ing for you or your tired eyes, just ad­just this set­ting.

Tap Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness > Night Shift, then tap the times un­der the Sched­uled set­ting to change when Night Shift turns it­self on and off. Bet­ter still, you can set Night Shift to switch on au­to­mat­i­cally at sun­set in your lo­ca­tion, then go back off at sun­rise.

Also on the main Night Shift set­tings screen you’ll find a colour tem­per­a­ture slider. Nudge the slider to the right to warm up the hues of Night Shift, or to the right for a cooler look.

6. Make the screen stay on longer

Once you stop tap­ping on your iPhone or iPad, its dis­play will shut off and lock it­self af­ter a brief pe­riod of time – gen­er­ally, af­ter a minute or so. That’s a se­cu­rity fea­ture, since a locked de­vice will re­quire your pass­code to un­lock, which keeps your data safer if you hap­pen to lose your de­vice some­where public.

But if it feels like your iOS dis­play is lock­ing it­self a bit too quickly, there’s a way to make it stay on a lit­tle longer be­fore switch­ing off.

Tap Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness > Au­toLock, then pick a set­ting – any­thing from 30 sec­onds to five min­utes. There’s also a ‘never’ set­ting, but we’d rec­om­mend against us­ing it un­less your iPhone or iPad never leaves the house.

Keep in mind that if you en­able Low Power Mode when your iPhone is run­ning low, your dis­play will dim slightly from its de­fault set­ting, and lock more quickly than the set­ting you’ve se­lected here. (You’re prompted to en­able Low Power Mode once at 20 per­cent bat­tery life re­main­ing, and again at 10 per­cent, or you can man­u­ally switch it on at Set­tings > Bat­tery.)

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