So, your grandparents have decided to buy an iPhone from qwikfone.com, and now you’ve been tasked with helping them learn how to use. They’ve probably already complained about not being able to read the text and moaned that there are too many features, but what if there were ways you could make it more accessible to them?
We’ve done a bit of research and we have found a few different ways that you can make an iPhone more accessible to an elderly relative. We’ve listed them all below for you to take a look at!
Increase the text size
Probably the first complaint about iPhones from grandparents is that the text is just too small. Well, this is very easily fixable. In the display settings of all iPhones (and other smartphones for that matter) is an option to increase the text size. You can make it so large that barely a word fits on the screen actually.
LED light ringer
A great option for relatives who may be hard of hearing, and along with turning the ringer volume up, you can also add a flashing LED light to the alerts for when a notification or phone call comes through on the phone. This is a great way for your relative to see when their phone is going off, even if they struggle to hear it.
Set up Find My iPhone
This is a great one for everyone who owns an iPhone actually. Setting up the Find My app means that if you lose one of your apple devices you can use the Find My app to locate it. It’s great for lost and stolen phones, or if you’re looking for someone and they have their phone on them!
Set up a medical ID
The medical ID settings on the iPhone are great for any kind of medical emergency. You can add in any medicine allergies and any pre-existing conditions so that if no-one is around who knows you, a paramedic still has the information they need to be able to treat you effectively.
This option could help bring some peace of mind if you’re setting up the phone for a grandparent, ensuring that in an emergency, they would get the right care.
Set up an emergency contact
As part of the medical ID, you can set up an emergency contact. This is another way to bring peace of mind and can make sure you or another relative is alerted immediately in an emergency.
Set up voice dial
For those with arthritis or anyone who struggles to find the contacts page, voice dial is a great shortcut to use. Voice dial means being able to call someone without having to find their contact, or even know how to make a phone call.
This is a great option for any relative unwilling to learn how to use their new smartphone. It offers compromise and can help them to stay in contact with you!
Rearrange the home screen
The home screen on the iPhone can have lots of unnecessary apps and so removing some of them can help to make the layout less overwhelming. In addition, you could change up the menu bar to ensure that the most needed apps are easily accessible and in a place that is easy to find.
Whether setting up your grandparent’s new phone or setting it up for yourself, adding accessibility into your new iPhone can help you to make the iPhone easier to learn how to use. There are lots of other ways you can make an iPhone more accessible too. If you need more specific accessibility, it is all just a quick search away!