Tip of the Day: Make Text Bigger and Easier to Read on Your iPhone

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If your eyesight isn't what it used to be, you may find the small text on your iPhone or iPad hard to read. But there's no need to strain your eyes. And fortunately for you, I got my first pair of glasses at age six, so I'm way ahead of you on this being blind thing. Here are several tricks I use to make reading on an iPhone or iPad easier on the eyes:

1. Increase text size

Not every app supports dynamic type, but many do. To increase text size, go to Settings > Display & Brightness >Text Size. Adjust the slider to the right until you reach your preferred text size.

 If that's not big enough you can make the text even bigger in Accessibility settings. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text and toggle Larger Accessibility Sizes on. A slider with even bigger text options will appear below. Drag it to the right until you reach your desired text size.


2. Bold the text

When iOS 7 first came out, many people complained that the lighter, thinner text was hard to read. And iOS 8  is only slightly better. Apple is addressing the readability issue by introducing a new system-wide font called San Francisco in iOS 9. In the meantime, the solution is simple; bold the text. go to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Bold Text on. Changing this setting will cause your iPhone to restart.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.