However, you'll still need to manually increase the size of webpages viewed in Safari and even Google Chrome. For what it's worth, Safari's text is larger inside the app itself, but the webpages themselves are the same size as they were before. The "Bold Text" option makes text bigger and more defined, but you will need to restart your device to enable it. Text will appear bold almost exactly where it is larger when "Larger Text" is enabled. After tweaking the font size and making it bold, your grandma may still struggle to see, so try enabling "Zoom. With other three-finger-driven gestures, you can move the box around, zoom in further, and dismiss it.
If your grandma will have a hard time activating it, check out Step 4 below for another easier way to enable it. Another modification to consider in "Accessibility" is " Magnifier ," which, when activated, will turn the iPhone into a digital magnifying glass. Input from the camera will be displayed on the screen, and your grandma can use the zoom slider to increase or decrease the magnified amount.
This is helpful for things in the physical world with small print, such as books or laundry tags. Check out our in-depth article on the topic for more information. If your grandma finds the colors too bright even after adjusting the brightness , she can use the "Reduce White Point" feature found in the "Display Accommodations" settings.
This feature will reduce the intensity of bright colors, useful if your grandma has sensitive eyes. To make the most of it, it's probably best to turn off auto-brightness. If your grandma is severely visually impaired, then "VoiceOver" is for her. This feature narrates every option on the screen as you tap on it. Tapping on an item no longer produces an action other than having the iPhone describe the selection. A double-tap activates the selected item and three-fingered-swipes scroll for you.
The speaking rate can be adjusted as well, to accommodate the needs of your grandma. Another useful feature your grandma might benefit from is " AssistiveTouch ," found under the Interaction section , which toggles a magic little box that can be customized to perform a number of useful actions and gestures. When enabled but inactive on the screen, a small home-button-looking translucent icon will persist, which can be tapped to open up the menu. Your grandma can bring down the notifications, activate Siri, bring up the Control Center, and even generate a tool that helps pinch and move the screen around.
AssistiveTouch is an auto-include feature for any grandma that has trouble with iOS gestures. And again, check out the next tip to see how to quickly open up the AssistiveTouch tool. You can turn on "Mono Audio" under the Hearing section if your grandma can only hear in one ear.
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This will prevent stereo mixes from playing different information in different channels. This is particularly helpful when using headphones, not just for iPhones with stereo speakers, since all tracks in a mix will come out the same in each channel. You can also adjust the audio balance if the hearing loss isn't quite as severe, which puts a greater emphasis on one ear over the other. For example, if your grandma has a partial hearing loss in the left ear, emphasize that ear for sound. It'll increase the volume, putting it at parity with the stronger right ear. We just covered some of the more common Accessibility features that people end up using for one reason or another, but as you could probably tell, there are a ton of possibilities here.
So, keep your grandma's needs in mind and figure out what other options she may require.
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If she has hearing aids, there are settings to get them working on her iPhone. If she needs help listening to videos, there's subtitles and audio descriptions available. The list goes on and on. Your grandma likely won't want to keep going into the Accessibility settings to enable or disable some of the above options, nor would she remember how probably. So, it's a great idea to assign a shortcut for her to use to bring up a lot of these options, and you can do that with "Accessibility Shortcut. In this menu, you can assign AssistiveTouch, Reduce White Point, VoiceOver, and Zoom, among other features we haven't discussed that might be helpful for your grandma, to either a Home button or Side button gesture depending on what iPhone model she has.
Also, the Magnifer will show up checked here if toggled on from Tip 4 above. To activate the gesture, triple-click the Side button on an iPhone X. On all other iPhone models, triple-click the Home button instead. If only one item is checked, then it will open that tool right away. If more than one is checked, a menu will pop up where she can quickly choose the one she wants.
My grandmother only uses a handful of apps that weren't preinstalled by Apple. For the most part, your grandma may not need any other apps besides the defaults that are already on the iPhone, but there are a few you could think about. You can download these of apps or ones like them from the iOS App Store, and simply log in to them for her if she has or needs an account.
None of the apps above may apply to your grandma, so talk with her to see what she enjoys. What games does she like to play on her computer or in real-life? What hobbies does she have? What apps does she already use on her computer or tablet? What email service does she use?
By default, the home screen in iOS houses every app preinstalled or downloaded, so there can be multiple home screen pages to navigate through depending on how many apps are installed. If your grandma only uses a handful of apps, this can obviously be confusing, unless she's already handy with Spotlight search.
There shouldn't be any third-party apps that are installed that haven't been warranted in the previous step, so the main thing you have to worry about here is stock Apple apps. A lot of these you can actually delete off the iPhone , such as Maps, Calendar, Calculator, Compass, Weather, and Notes, to name a few.
For those you can't delete, such as Find iPhone, Wallet, and Clock there are more , you can banish them to a "Junk" folder she'll never have to open.
This should be the only folder on her iPhone, unless she for some reason wanted 20 games from the previous step, then she'll probably need a "Games" folder, too. The "Junk" folder can also be moved to a separate home screen page, so she'll never even have to look at it. Now that we've set up Grandma's Apple ID, got the display preferences ready, combed through "Accessibility" for relevant tweaks, create a shortcut gesture, and downloaded apps she likes, it's time to teach her how to use some of the most common apps in iOS that you didn't already delete.
Your grandma is going to want to start talking to people, so begin by adding some of her favorite people in the Contacts app. From there, she can send messages texts or iMessages to people, call them, email them, or FaceTime them. In my experience, some technologically challenged people prefer to curate their communications exclusively though the Contacts app which will then direct them to the appropriate app for the action. Honestly, it doesn't matter how they initialize the call or message — it's more important that they understand how to do it.
If your grandma is anything like mine, her time on the internet revolves around her email. This isn't to say that she's constantly checking it. Rather, she spends maybe 30 minutes per day on the internet, and half of that is spent checking her email. Unless your grandmother has more than one email address or didn't create an iCloud email account when setting up her Apple ID, you could probably skip this step and just install the third-party email app that's specific to her email provider — Gmail , Yahoo Mail , Microsoft Outlook , etc.
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And unless you regularly discuss God with your son or daughter, now is not the time to bring that up. Preemie parents are often struggling with their faith and their anger, and they usually resent anyone talking about "God's plan" or "Why God did this. So it's probably best to just avoid this topic unless your son or daughter really likes talking about God with you. Grandparents are notorious for showering gifts upon their little grandbabies, and preemie deserve them too!
Here are some gifts that almost always bring much-needed joy:. These things can be upsetting to some parents, so it might be better to steer clear of these gift items:.
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Well, there you have it. If you've read through all of this information — congratulations! You are now off to a good start as a preemie grandparent! Keep up the good work!
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