How to make your smartphone senior-friendly

Are you finding your smartphone a little too smart?

A smartphone can be overwhelming for some people – with too many apps and widgets, swipe for this, double tap for that. That’s why we compiled this helpful guide to making your smartphone more user-friendly.

After reading this article, you should be able to apply at least one simple tip to help make day-to-day life a little easier.

3 Simple iPhone Hacks for Seniors – We’ve covered Android and iPhone.

For our iPhone friends…

 Make Text Fonts Bigger and Easy to Read

  1.  Go to Settings (a cog picture usually identifies this) > Accessibility > Display & Text Size.
  2. There are a few options on this screen; select Larger Text if you want to make words bigger. Toggle it “on” (the white circle next to “Larger Text” will slide to the right and appear against a green background once this is accomplished). 
  3. You’ll see these changes applied instantly to the words onscreen, so you can test it out and decide what size looks comfortable for you.

Please note: The font size setting doesn’t apply to some apps.

Turn on Voice Control

With Voice Control, you can navigate and interact with your iPhone using your voice to tap, swipe, type, and more.

  1.  Go to Settings ( the cog image) and select Accessibility. Select Voice Control, then select Set up Voice Control.
  2. A download will begin in the background. When the download is complete, a microphone will appear in your device’s status bar, indicating that Voice Control is listening or not listening.
  3. When Voice Control is turned on, you can speak commands like you would perform an action by touch. For example, to access Spotlight Search on the Home screen, say “Swipe down.” Or, to access long-press menus for certain apps, say “Long press [app name].” You can also use voice control to call or message your contacts. ” Call Mary” or ” Send a message to Mary.” Voice Control doesn’t change how your device responds to touch.

Use a Stylus

A stylus is a sort of digital pen that can be used to mimic finger-like movements and increase the accuracy of your typing and swiping on any smartphone or touchscreen device. It can also help you highlight and select specific text more precisely or make selections in forms or drop-down menus.

For our Android friends…

 Make Text Fonts Bigger and Easy to Read

  1. On your device, open the Settings app. (a cog picture usually identifies this)
  2. Search and select Font size.
  3. To change your preferred font size, move the slider left or right.

To Make Your Display Size Smaller or Larger:

  1. On your device, open the Settings app.
  2. Search and select Display size.
  3. To change your preferred display size, move the slider left or right.

Please note: The font size setting doesn’t apply to some apps.

Hear your tablet read webpages or texts

Ask your Google Assistant to read a web page out loud or read a text message from someone.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, go to a web page with Google Chrome, the Google app, or the Google News app.
  2. Say “Hey Google,” then say a command. For example:  “Read this page.”  “Read it.”  “Read aloud.”

Make Home Screen Icons Bigger

  1. Open your Android app launcher and tap on the Settings app.
  2. On the Settings app, tap on the Personalisations option.
  3. On the Personalisations, tap on the Icons.
  4. Now, use the slider underneath the icon to adjust the icon size. Once done, tap on the Apply button.

Please Note: In some Android smartphones, the option to resize icons resides on Settings > Display > Advanced > Display Size.

 

If you need help making your smartphone more user-friendly, contact the team at Grandaids. One of our friendly mentors can show you how to personalise your phone to suit your needs. Call: 1800 472 632 and book a Grandaids Mentor today!

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