Rick Stawarz

Make reading easier on iOS 7

Rick Stawarz
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Have you upgraded to iOS 7 yet? What do you think? As you may have heard, it's turned out to be quite polarizing! People either love it or hate it.

After upgrading, a number of customers have told us that it seems more difficult to read text. So, we'd like to take a moment to show you useful ways to make text easier on your eyes.

To adjust the way text is displayed on your iPhone, open up the grey Settings app. From there, tap on General and then choose Accessibility.

Part way down the screen, you'll see several options for improving readability. Here is what each of those items means.

  1. Larger Type. This increases the font size. After turning on the switch next to "Larger Dynamic Type", drag the bottom slider to the left and right to find a comfortable reading size.
  2. Bold Text. Most of the fonts in iOS 7 are quite thin. Turning on this switch thickens the actual letters a bit.
  3. Increase contrast. When the text is the same color as your background image, it's difficult to read. This option attempts to make the text more differentiated from the background.
  4. Reduce Motion. iOS 7 creates a sense of depth perception by allowing your background image to slightly shift as you physically tilt your iPhone. For some, this can be rather dizzying. Turning on "Reduce Motion" to suppress the shifting background effect.
  5. On/Off Labels. This simply puts a circle or line on the on/off switches throughout iOS in order to designate the state of that switch. Otherwise, if a switch is green, it's on; if it's white, it's off.

Once you're done adjusting iOS 7 to your liking, simply click the home button at the bottom of your device, and the changes should immediately be applied.

Of course, if you need any further help, just visit our website and pick out a time for an Instructor to come by your home.

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.