iPhone: it’s user-friendly for the elderly


Seniors may not have nimble fingers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use smartphones. Of all the smartphones, the iPhone is the most age-friendly. Here are two that are worth considering and that don’t cost an arm and a leg either.

iPhone SE (2020): You can buy the new iPhone SE for less than Rs 32,000 online. It is quite small and comfortable to hold. It performs well and will be good for five or more major iOS updates. This means that it can last for more than five years. It’s fast enough to check email, social media, and make FaceTime calls with its A13 Bionic chip.

iPhone XR: If you want a bigger phone and don’t mind spending around Rs 42,000, then the iPhone XR may be your choice. The processor lags a bit behind with an A12 Bionic chip instead of the current A14 used in the iPhone 12. But again, the good thing is that it will still benefit from several years of iOS software updates. . He has Face ID which could work around arthritic fingers.

Whichever iPhone you choose, make these changes to make life a little easier.

Favorite contacts: Add your important contacts to the favorites list so you can call them with just a touch. Open the green Phone app and select Favorites from the bottom bar. It’s the star icon on the far left. Tap the plus sign in the upper left corner to view your contact list and add the person you call frequently. Repeat for each favorite contact.

If you want to delete a favorite, swipe left on the contact on the name and delete it.

Emergency SOS: It is important to set up emergency numbers on your phone. To do this, go to Settings – SOS Emergency. Look for “Edit emergency contacts in Health”. Under Medical ID, configure your emergency contacts. Fill out everything else on this page, such as age, blood type, medical conditions, and any allergies you might have.

Go back to Settings – Emergency SOS. Activate the call with the side button and automatic call. You can long press the side button or quickly press and release five times to send an SOS to your emergency contacts.

State the selection: Reading long articles sometimes tires the eyes. For your convenience, you can have your iPhone read any text you select aloud to you.

Open Settings — Accessibility. Under Spoken Content, put Speak Selection and Speak Screen. Activate the voice controller. Long press to play all content and double press to talk by touch. Return to the Spoken Content page and scroll to the slider that controls the speech rate. It should be in the middle if you want normal playback speed but if you want it slower drag to the left.

Display zoom: You can zoom in on text and other things using this feature. Head to Settings – Display & Brightness. Scroll to Show zoom and press Show. On the next page, check Zoomed and then Set in the upper right corner. Your phone will restart for the change to take place.

Increase text size: While still on Display & Brightness, scroll to Text size and press it. It takes you to a slider on the next page where you can set your preferred text size. Keeping it in the middle gives the text the right size for comfortable reading, but if you want it bigger you can drag it to the right.

Ringtone volume and LED flashing: Make sure your ringtone is loud and clear. To make the phone ring loud, go to Settings – Sound & Haptics. Move the Ring and Alert slider to the maximum. Deactivate the change with the buttons. Now your ringtone will not be affected if you change the volume of your music. It is best to enable Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent.

For a better experience, turn on the LED flash for alerts. This will flash your camera light for incoming alerts. Go to Settings — Accessibility — Audio / Visual. Tap on it and activate the LED flash for alerts. You can choose to display it even when the phone is in silent mode.

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