Accessibility

How to shut down an iPhone without buttons

iPhone 12

As with many things on the iPhone, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Powering off the device is no different. If you are experiencing a problem with the side button on your iPhone, or you cannot press a physical button, the device can be shut down using only touch gestures. To prevent an accidental shut down, the power off feature is somewhat hidden.

Once the iPhone is switched off, it can be restarted without using the side button as well. Simply plug the iPhone into a charger with a Lightning cable and the device should boot up.

How to customize headphone audio on iPhone

Apple EarPods Lightning

Some of the latest features on iOS make it possible to directly monitor headphone sound levels and even categorize different Bluetooth devices paired with your iPhone or iPad. Yet another feature provides customized headphone audio for listeners, optimizing specific frequencies or boosting soft sounds to enhance hearing.

How to use Typing Feedback on iPhone

iOS keyboard

There are many ways to get extra help when using the iPhone for everyday tasks. One of the Accessibility features built into iOS is Typing Feedback. This feature provides auditory confirmation of keyboard input across the system. Entering text in any app can be accompanied by live feedback to read characters, words, or help with predictive text options.

How to quickly check your favorite team's score with back tap

How to quickly check your favorite team's game score with Back Tap on iPhone.

iOS 14's Back Tap is a new Accessibility feature that lets you accomplish a variety of tasks by simply tapping the back of your iPhone. It can not only change various settings, but, using Shortcuts, it can launch apps or even specific functions of apps as well, making it incredibly versatile. One such function, if it suits you, is checking sports scores of specific teams. For instance, you can set up Back Tap to go right to ESPN's Game Cast of your favorite team. Here's how to set it up on iPhone:

How to use iPhone's improved Magnifier

How to use the updated magnifier in iOS 14 on iPhone and iPad.

iPhone's Magnifier, which debuted in iOS 10 to little fanfare, is a really useful Accessibility feature that few people seem to know about. It does what you'd expect - it uses the camera to magnify details that are difficult to see with the naked eye, making it perfect for reading small text or picking out other minuscule details. The original version worked by taking a snapshot of the subject which you could then zoom in on (to a much greater degree than if you just took a normal photo) and change the color of in case it would help with clarity.

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