How to reboot and power down your iPhone without the buttons

How to restart your iPhone or iPad without Home and Sleep/Wake buttons.

iOS 11 has finally added a way of shutting down and rebooting your iPhone or iPad without having to press the Home or Sleep/Wake buttons, which should be a welcome feature for those with malfunctioning buttons. The reboot button is buried annoyingly deep in the Accessibility features while the new Shut Down button is easily found in Settings. Here's how to do both:

How to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass

How to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass.

With virtually no fanfare, iOS 10 added a little known feature to its accessibility suite that allows the iPhone's camera to be used as a magnifying glass. While many are aware that in a pinch, you can turn the camera on and use your fingers to zoom in on objects, it is a bit tedious of a task. The Magnifier feature not only offers a more powerful zoom, but also makes the zoom quick and easy with a simple triple click of the Home button, perfect for reading anything from a menu that's a bit too small or the fine print on a contract.

How do I disable one-handed mode / Reachability on my iPhone?

Reachability is a feature introduced on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that allows users to condense the information on their displays so they can easily access apps while using one hand. Apple introduced the feature after it increased the size of its handsets to 4.7- and 5.5-inches. Reachability lowers the top half of your display closer to your Home button so you can reach apps with your thumb while holding your iPhone with one hand. The feature is enabled when you double tap the Home button making it easy to accidentally enable. Here's how to disable Reachability on your iPhone:

How to have your iPhone read web pages to you

How to have your iPhone read web pages to you using Speak Selection.

One of the iPhone's many accessibility features, "Speak Selection," was designed to help the visually impaired with reading text like internet content and messages by having the iPhone read it aloud. Speak Selection comes in handy whether you are visually impaired or would just rather have content read to you while you are engaged in another task. Here's how to use it:

How to make your iPhone easier to read

iOS text reading

The larger screens on more recent iPhones has made content easier than ever to read, however there may be some of you out there who still prefer to make things on your screen bigger. Also, the recent release of the smaller iPhone SE may be leaving 4-inch phone diehards wishing they had a way to make text more legible. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.


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