How to Make Each App More Accessible

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The iPhone has a wide variety of accessibility settings, ensuring that anyone can use the device with ease. But maybe you don’t need to enable accessibility settings system-wide, which is why Apple has added an option to only apply certain accessibility options to specific apps.

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Enable accessibility settings for only the apps that need it.
  • Make it easier to use apps that you normally have trouble using.
  • Make text easier to read, buttons easier to tap, and more.

How to Use Per-App Settings

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or newer and iPads running iPadOS 16 or newer.

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What are per-app settings? Per-app settings allow you to enable accessibility settings on an app-by-app basis instead of applying them system-wide. This can be useful if, for example, you need your Messages app to have a bigger text size but not your Settings app. For more iPhone accessibility advice, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to use per-app settings:

  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Accessibility.

    iPhone settings screenshot with accessibility circled in red
  2. Scroll down and tap Per-App Settings.

    iPhone settings screenshot with per app settings circled in red
  3. Tap Add App.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with add app circled in red
  4. You can tap the search bar and type in the name of the app you want to enable accessibility settings for, or you can simply scroll through the list and find it.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with search bar circled in red
  5. Tap the app to add it to the list.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot demonstrating how to add an app
  6. Once you’ve added an app, tap it to access its available accessibility settings.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with messages app circled in red
  7. Here, you can enable, disable, and adjust a broad array of accessibility options to make the app easier to use, such as changing text size, inverting colors, reducing motion, etc.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot showing available accessibility options
  8. If you no longer wish to use accessibility settings on a per-app basis, you can tap Edit on the Per-App Settings screen.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with edit button circled
  9. Tap the minus sign.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with messages app minus sign circled in red
  10. Tap Delete.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with delete button circled in red
  11. Tap Done when you are finished.

    iPhone per app settings screenshot with done button circled in red

That’s how to enable per-app settings on your iPhone! Now you can turn on specific accessibility options for individual apps without making changes to your entire iPhone interface.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.