Accessibility features on iPhone may be your forgotten treasure

After updating iOS 15, my biggest annoyance is not the bug of various apps crashing.

But when I was in a fierce battle in the Canyon of Kings and tried to use the show to turn over the opponent, I accidentally hit the edge of the screen and the game entered the background. When I reopened, I was already knocked down by my opponent…

Who understands this kind of grievance?

In landscape mode, the gesture area of ​​iOS 15 becomes very wide and extremely sensitive. During the game, tap the skill button at the bottom of the screen, it is easy to accidentally touch.

But sulking does not solve the problem. At this time, the auxiliary function of iOS jumped out and saved me. After turning on "Guided Access", you are no longer afraid of accidental touches.

When it comes to the accessibility of iOS, most people would think that it was developed specifically for people with disabilities. For example, "Narration" is a must-have feature for the visually impaired to use the iPhone, which can help them hear the screen content.

But in fact, many auxiliary functions are just as easy to use for ordinary people.

So on iOS 15, which auxiliary functions are worthy of ordinary people's attention? We picked 10 out of them, and hope they can make your iPhone even better.


iOS divides accessibility functions into four categories, namely vision, hearing, interaction and cognition, trying to make it easier for users to use iPhone.

Let's first look at the functions of the visual class.

1. Amplifier

iOS 15 separates the amplifier function into an app.

It is equivalent to a digital magnifying glass. Point the iPhone's camera at the object you want to magnify, and you can view the magnified effect.

You can customize brightness, contrast, and various filters. For example, if I increase the brightness a little bit, turn on the contrast to the highest level, and choose a grayscale filter, I can achieve a scanner-like effect.

▲ The zoom effect can be adjusted at will

Actually, the magnifying effect of the amplifier is much better than that of the camera, and the font is clearer and easier to read. It is very convenient to take a PPT to take notes during class and meetings, and to check some "anti-human design" menus or manuals.

▲ The top is the camera magnification effect, and the bottom is the amplifier magnification effect

2. Zoom

You can think of zooming as an on-screen magnifier. After turning it on, you can magnify the content on the screen, up to 15 times.

iOS provides two zoom methods, one is full screen zoom, and the other is picture-in-picture mode. I personally recommend the latter, which is to use a separate window to display the magnified area, while the rest of the screen keeps the original size.

After opening, three-finger double-tap the screen to call out, double-tap again to close. Drag the window to change the magnification position, and adjust the magnification ratio, filter, etc. in the toolbar.

For some platforms that can't save or enlarge pictures, you can use this tool to view the content you are interested in.

3. Reduce the white point value

Playing on the phone late at night, even if the screen brightness has been adjusted to the lowest, it still feels dazzling.

At this time, you can find "Reduce the white point value" in the auxiliary function, open and slide to reduce the intensity of the bright color until you feel comfortable.

Then, in the auxiliary function shortcut keys, check "Reduce white point value", next time you press the power button 3 times, you can turn on/off this function.

4. Reduce dynamic effects

Turn on "Reduce dynamic effects", the visual effects of some screen actions will be simplified, so as to avoid dynamic irritation to the eyes and reduce the burden on the eyes.

For older models, turning on this feature can make the phone run more smoothly and extend battery life a bit.

5. Speak the content

The functions of reading content and narration are not the same. Two fingers slide down from the top of the screen to call up this function.

You can use this function when you are driving or cooking to listen to your iPhone read aloud the WeChat official account, the article on the webpage, or the text of the information in various communication tools.

It will automatically turn pages without manual control. The speech speed and timbre can be adjusted. It is a very easy-to-use voice assistant.


1. Background sound

This is a new feature of iOS 15. The background sound can be played in a loop to cover up the annoying environmental noise. Play a relaxing and calming effect, making you more focused.

In the sound list, you can choose the background sound you like. Such as white noise, ocean, rain and stream sound. The volume can also be adjusted by sliding. When you don’t connect a headset, it will be played through the phone’s speaker.

The important thing is that you can choose to keep playing the background sound when playing music or video. At this time, the volume of the background sound can be lowered to avoid mutual interference of sounds.

When you turn off the music or video, the background sound will automatically return to the normal volume, and the connection is very silky.

This function is very suitable for study and work. It allows people to get rid of external interference and quickly settle down. It can be turned on even when sleeping, as an ambient sound, helping you to sleep faster.

2. Voice recognition

The voice recognition function allows the iPhone to recognize certain specific sounds, such as alarm sounds, animal sounds, and various life in the home life.

When the iPhone detects the relevant sound, it will immediately send you a notification, with the specified vibration and ringtone prompt. (There will be no sound in the mute state).

What pain points does this solve? For example, if you are listening to music with headphones, the sound of knocking on the door and the sound of boiling water will most likely not be heard. Then the iPhone will remind you when you hear it, adding a touch of convenience to your life.

In some critical situations, such as when the alarm sounds and you are asleep, the iPhone will wake you up through ringtones or vibrations.

Interaction and Cognition

1. Tap the back

In the touch function, scroll down to the end and find "Tap Back", you can double-click or triple-click the back of the phone to run the specified function. (This feature is currently only supported by iPhone X and newer models).

It is recommended to choose "three taps", it is easy to accidentally touch if you only tap twice. Then you can select the operation you want to run in the function list.

If you think the operation suggested by the system is not practical, you can associate it with the shortcut command and run the operation in the shortcut command.

For example, if I want to commute to work on a shared bicycle every day, I first add the URL path of WeChat scan code (weixin://scanqrcode) in the shortcut command, and then set the shortcut command to wake up with three taps to enter the WeChat scan Code interface.

With the same principle, you can open the health code with three clicks, check the Weibo hot search list, check the express delivery, etc. There are many ways to play.

2. Guided access

This is a treasure-level feature. Apple’s original intention in designing it was to allow users to focus on the task or app at hand.

After enabling guided access, the device will restrict the user to stay on a certain app at the same time. Gestures such as sliding up the navigation bar to exit, sliding up and hovering to call out the background, etc. will not be available.

When exiting, you need to enter the pre-set password, otherwise you will stay on the app forever.

Therefore, the situation of accidentally touching the navigation bar during the game mentioned above can be solved perfectly by guided access. In addition, after turning on this function, no notification will be displayed, and incoming calls will be automatically rejected, but a small window will be reminded.

In fact, there are many uses for guided access. For example, when others want to see your mobile phone, turn on this function, and you are not afraid of privacy leakage. When you show your kids online lessons, you don’t have to worry that they will open the game app.

3. Safari browser reader

Some web-side articles are really strenuous to read. Not only are there many advertisements and buttons, but it also always tempts you to open the app to read the full text.

At this time, use the Safari reader function to automatically remove all advertisements and buttons. Moreover, you can read the full text without downloading the app, and the layout is also very beautiful.

The opening method of this function is very simple, just click "Reader" in the more options in the address bar, you can switch in one second, and you can't go back after using it.

Don't forget accessibility in the corner

In 2009, iOS 3 brought the first auxiliary function-Narration.

▲Image from: cult of mac

Since then, almost every version of iOS has been updated with new accessibility features. Today, iOS has become one of the easiest mobile systems to use.

If you turn the system voice into English, you will find that the English name of the auxiliary function is "Accessibility", which translates to "Accessibility".

The higher the accessibility, the fewer obstacles users will have in use. This also means that the audience for accessibility is not only the disabled group, all users can benefit from it.

Now, turn on your accessibility features to make your iPhone unique and enjoy a more convenient smart life.

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