Category: accessibility

How to Enable LED Flash Notifications on iPhone

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How’d you like the LED camera flash on the back of iPhone to flash when a notification or phone call comes into the device? Do you place your iPhone face down on the desk? Or, do you keep it in silent mode most of the time? In any case, you might be interested in taking advantage of its LED flash for notification alerts.

Normally when you receive a notification, your iPhone’s screen lights up. However, that’s not the case if it’s placed face down. In such cases, using the built-in LED flash can be a good indicator when you get alerts. It’s…

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How to Add Accessibilty Features to Control Center on iPhone & iPad

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Do you make use of the various accessibility features on your iPhone or iPad? If so, you may be surprised to know that you can add shortcuts and toggles for these features to the iOS and iPadOS Control Center, in order to access them faster.

The Control Center on iOS houses a bunch of toggles to enable/disable key features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, adjust brightness, volume, and more. However, you’re not limited to the shortcuts that are already present. In fact, you can customize the Control Center any way you want and add toggles that you find useful. Since…

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How to Use Speak Selection on iPhone & iPad

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Did you know that your iPhone and iPad can read highlighted texts out loud? This is a feature that could come in handy for any number of reasons, but it may be particularly useful if you’re busy focusing on something else, want to know how to say or pronounce something, want something read to you, or even as an accessibility feature.

Speak Selection is one of the many accessibility features that iOS and iPadOS has to offer. With Speak Selection, iPhone and iPad users have complete control over when it is activated, unlike VoiceOver, a feature for people with…

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How to Have Your Apple Watch Speak The Time For You

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How’d you like your Apple Watch to speak the time to you? Sounds convenient, high-tech, and useful, right?

Apple prides itself on being one of the most forward-thinking tech companies in terms of accessibility. It does a pretty decent job of it as well, although nobody is perfect. You might be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much accessibility on offer from something like the Apple Watch given it’s tiny size, but you’d be wrong. One such example is that you can have the watch speak the time on command, regardless of the watch face that’s being…

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Make Siri Respond to Voice Even if iPhone Screen Covered

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Do you frequently take advantage of Siri to perform various tasks on your iPhone? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now use Siri without taking your phone out of the pocket, or in other situations where the iPhone screen is covered.

Most of us are already aware of the “Hey Siri” feature that’s available on modern iPhones and iPads. Although it allows you to activate Siri with just a voice command, your device stops listening for “Hey Siri” when you’re phone is laying face down, or if the screen is covered. One good example would be…

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How to Send Message Effects with Voice Control on iPhone & iPad

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Did you know you can send iMessage effects by using only your voice? Thanks to the Voice Control accessibility feature, you can not only control every aspect of your iPhone or iPad hands-free, you can also send those fun iMessage screen effects without touching your device too.

Apple’s iOS and iPadOS both offer a ton of accessibility features like Color Filters to help people who have challenges with some colors or are color blind, VoiceOver for people with imperfect vision, the ability to use AirPods as hearing aids, and more. Voice Control is another such…

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How to Use Sound Recognition Alerts on iPhone & iPad

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What if we told you that your iPhone or iPad can listen for sounds such as doorbells, fire alarms, car horns, dogs, cats, sirens, door knocks, water running, babies crying, and more? Whether you have any sort of hearing impairment, or perhaps just a device sitting in another room or part of the house, you may have trouble listening to the sounds around the home.

With the iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 update, Apple has introduced an all-new accessibility feature called Sound Recognition to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but it’s obviously useful for other…

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How to Use Back Tap on iPhone for Quick Access to Features & Apps in iOS 14

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How would you like to be able to tap on the back of your iPhone to perform a specific action on your device? That’s what Back Tap offers.

Apple has a history of producing features under the umbrella of accessibility that can be useful to everyone. Pointer support in iPadOS is a great example of that and Apple has no turned it into a full fledged feature. The arrival of iOS 14 brings with it another feature that could follow a similar path – Back Tap.

As the name suggests, Back Tap allows users to double or triple-tap the back of their iPhone and have…

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How to Use Guided Access on iPhone & iPad to Lock an App on Screen

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Guided Access is an extremely useful accessibility feature that can be utilized to lock your iPhone and iPad’s screen to one app. It can also limit what you can touch on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch screen. Guided Access is a great feature of iOS and iPadOS, particularly for parents, educators, and even businesses wanting to put an iPad into a form of kiosk mode.

If you often let your kids use your iOS or iPadOS devices to play games or access homework apps, you can take advantage of Guided access to limit access to just the one app that they want to use…

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How to Use Color Filters on iPhone & iPad

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Color Filters can be applied to the iPhone and iPad screen, offering a way to adjust the tint and hue of devices screen. This can be helpful if you feel the iPhone or iPad screen is too yellow, warm, blue, or cool. And of course, if you have color blindness or some other visual disturbances, you may find adjusting colors on the devices screen to be beneficial as well. Anyone can easily try out Color Filters on an iOS or iPadOS device for a quick and easy color adjustment of their devices screen.

Color Filters is one of the many accessibility features that iOS…

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