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The best Apple iPhone settings that enhance accessibility and user experience

The Apple iPhone settings panel is curated to make the smartphone adaptive to a wide range of users. Here are the most useful settings you should be using.

Apple’s iOS offers one of the most convenient and secure interfaces. It offers dozens of features to have a personalised yet seamless user experience. With updates, new features are added including Face ID and appearance. Here are the Settings features that enhance accessibility and user experience.

1) Disable 5G where not accessible 

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Apple released the 5G support for the first time on iPhone 12. Based on the availability of 5G access, the iPhone users can switch between 4G LTE and 5G. To turn off 5G, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice & Data. In the Voice & Data Settings, tap the LTE option. To choose 5G, just turn 5G On.

2) Unlock your phone while wearing a face mask

Wearing a mask has been a necessity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since half your face is covered, you can’t unlock your smartphone using the Face ID. After the stable release of iOS 14.5 is available, you will get a new face-unlock feature by which you can unlock your smartphone wearing a face mask. As of now, only a beta version of the feature is available.

3) Reveal notifications on your lock screen

By default, iPhones with the Face ID feature don’t show the contents of notifications on the lock screen. This is a privacy feature that you can change in the Settings. Go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews. Select the ‘Always’ option. If you don’t want to reveal the notification contents, select the ‘Never’ option.

Show full notifications on your lock screen
Show full notifications on your lock screen

4) Declutter the home screen

The Apple iOS 14 enables the users to more control over the visuals of the home screen. Using the App Library, you can remove app icons without deleting the app. You can also add different kinds of widgets. If you don’t wish to add new apps to the App Library, go to Settings > Home Screen. Now, choose either of the following options: ‘Add to Home Screen’ or ‘App Library Only’.

5) Use attractive wallpapers 

Apple, in its recent updates, has included new wallpapers that you can add to the home or lock screen. Go to the Settings > Wallpaper. Ensure than the ‘Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper’ option is enabled. Select ‘Choose a new wallpaper’ where you can pick Still or Live wallpapers. The black and white circle denotes that the current wallpaper adapts to light and dark modes.

6) Activate Do Not Disturb

The ‘Do Not Disturb’ settings is a highly useful feature that silences all notifications as per the schedule set by you. This feature helps you get sound sleep by preventing distractions from beep sounds and calls at night. However, you can always permit calls from selected contacts. The phone will also ring when someone calls you repeatedly in case of an emergency.

Turn on Do Not Disturb
Turn on Do Not Disturb

7) Modify font-size to make the screen text readable 

This feature is highly useful though rarely used by people. You can adjust the font size of the on-screen text to make it readable by old people or people with long-sightedness. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size. Here you can use the slider to enlarge the font. You can also enable the ‘Bold text’ option to make the text look even stronger.

8) Alternate appearance to Face ID

Apple’s Face ID works on Artificial Intelligence to figure out your facial features. As a result, it learns the changes to your face after each scan to better adapt to the aspects of your face like a beard or make-up. If the Face ID fails to consistently recognise, you can add an alternative appearance. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Enter the PIN and choose the ‘Set Up An Alternate Appearance’ option.

9) Turn off auto-brightness for elongated battery life

The display is the most prominent feature of a smartphone. The brightness level determines the battery life of an iPhone. You can completely control the brightness level by turning the Auto-Brightness off. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size. Scroll down and turn off the Auto-Brightness switch.

10) Customising the Control Center

Control Center offers you one-touch features like switch songs, brightness level, and aeroplane mode. You can pick the apps for your Control Centre, Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Discard a feature using the minus button and include the same with the green plus button.

Control Center puts everything a tap and swipe away
Control Center puts everything a tap and swipe away

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