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How to make the iPhone easier for Seniors and the Elderly

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The advantage of Apple products is their simplicity and ease of use. With a few simple adjustments, any iPhone can be a good quality phone for the elderly. If you want to give your iPhone to senior parents or friends, and you want to make sure that your phone can adapt to their needs, you have come to the right place.

(1) Increase the font size to improve Readability

Low eyesight is common among older people, but fortunately, we can zoom in on the usually small text that we get from iPhone menus and messages. This is how to enlarge text on iPhone:

iPhone Font Size

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen.
  • Tap “Accessibility
  • Click “Display and text size
  • Click “Large Text
  • At the bottom of the screen, move the slider to the right to increase the text size.

Even if the text is not large enough to be displayed clearly, you can click “Larger Accessibility Size”, which will enable you to further enlarge the text on your iPhone.

(2) Teach them to use Siri

Perhaps the easiest way for older people to interact with technology is through natural speech. By teaching senior staff to use Siri, they will be able to easily make calls, read the daily news aloud, or answer any questions.

To make Siri respond to commands at any time, please follow the steps below:

Siri iPhone

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen
  • Tap “Siri and Search
  • Click “Listen to “Hey Siri

This will prompt Siri with a settings screen that will ask the user to say some commands to familiarize them with Siri and let it learn the user’s voice.

It’s best if older people do this under your guidance so that they understand the commands Siri can understand. With this feature enabled, you can teach older people phrases that might be of interest to them.

(3) Enable the “voice content” option

iPhone can choose to read the content on the screen aloud, which is very convenient for the visually impaired. This is especially necessary if users want to easily browse the Internet and easily enjoy written content such as Wikipedia articles without having to read the content themselves.

The method to enable “voice content” is as follows:

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen
  • Tap “Accessibility
  • Tap “Spoken Content
  • Tap “Speak Screen” to enable it.

Spoken Content

(Optional) You may want to reduce your spoken speed, which can be done with the slider at the bottom of the same screen. Now, when the user swipes down from the top of the screen with two fingers, the iPhone can read aloud everything on the screen.

Make sure you teach users how to perform the gesture, and even write it down for them if necessary. The best use case for this feature is reading text messages, web pages, and news articles.

(4) Loud on iPhone If you want to give your iPhone

To someone with hearing loss, raising the iPhone’s ringtone will help. To make the ringtone bigger, please follow the steps below:

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen
  • Tap “Sounds and Haptics
  • Move the slider under “Ringer and Alerts” to the right.

Ringer iPhone

The more you move the slider to the right, the louder the phone sounds. If needed, you can also change the iPhone’s ringtone to something else from here under the “Ringtone” option.

(5) Set up “emergency SOS” and teach them how to work

The “Emergency SOS” function will quickly call emergency services and notify the user’s emergency contacts when triggered. To trigger it, users need to know to quickly press the phone’s power button five times on older iPhones, or press and hold one of the power buttons and volume buttons on the iPhone 8 or later.

For more detailed information and to add yourself as an emergency contact, follow these steps:

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen
  • Tap “Emergency SOS
  • Click “Automatic Call“, and then
  • Click “Set Emergency Contact in Health
  • Click “Edit“.

iPhone SOS

Here, you can enter the name of the power user, their age, medical condition, location, and other information that emergency services may need to know whether the “emergency SOS” has been triggered.

At the bottom of the page, also click “Add Emergency Contact” to add your own phone number, so if that person triggers an “Emergency SOS”, you will receive a message.

To be fully prepared, and this feature may vary by region and iPhone model, you may need to visit the nearest Apple Store for help with this feature, or contact Apple Support.

(6) Set up “Find My iPhone”

If your iPhone is lost or you need to track the user and its location, enabling “Find My iPhone” is especially useful. To enable this feature, follow these steps:

  • Find and click the “Settings” icon on the iPhone home screen
  • Click on the username shown in the picture above Click “Find My
  • Click “Find My iPhone
  • Enable all three options.

After enabling this feature, as long as you and the elderly are in the same “Family Sharing” group or use the same Apple ID, you can use the “Find My” app on your iPhone to track the person’s location.

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