Accessibility

How to quickly put your iPhone into Dark Mode

How to quickly turn on Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad.

While Apple has yet to offer an official "Dark Mode" setting for low light environments, iOS 11 does offer "Smart Invert Colors" in the Accessibility settings, which basically turns white backgrounds to black and black text to white (and vice-versa) and dims bright colors. This makes viewing in low light situations easier on the eyes and less distracting to others around you. Unfortunately it is not very easy to get to in a hurry because it is buried in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Display Accommodations -> Invert Colors -> Smart Invert.

How to get LED flash alerts on iPhone

iPhone LED flash

When it counts, missing an incoming phone call on the iPhone can be a problem. While the volume can be cranked up to the maximum, there are situations where vibration can help. There's another option built into iOS that's designed to offer visual alerts. Incoming calls or alerts can trigger the LED flash on the back of the device to blink.

How to use Type to Siri on iPhone

Type to Siri toggle

Asking Siri questions verbally can be convenient, and Apple has designed its personal assistant to operate completely hands free with Hey Siri. This voice functionality takes on new importance with products such as the HomePod. There are situations, however where iPhone and iPad owners may want to access Siri without making any noise. In quiet areas where speaking out loud would be disruptive, Siri can be used silently with Type to Siri.

How to create a virtual home button on iPhone X

How to create a virtual Home button on iPhone X or any iPhone or iPad.

The first major difference every new iPhone X owner will notice is the lack of a physical Home button. Muscle memory will keep many people tapping a non-existent button, at least for a few days before they get used to swiping up. For those who prefer tapping a button, there is a work around - you can create a virtual Home button using iOS's Assistive Touch feature found in the Accessibility settings. Here's how to do it on iPhone or iPad:

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