Elly Awesome Reveals Hidden iPhone Features: Text Size, Dark Mode

iPhone users face many tricky problems, but these secret hacks can solve them quickly.

I love digging up hidden iPhone features and you’d be surprised how many I find every week.

This time around, I’ve discovered some quick and easy tweaks that will make your iPhone even easier to use and more useful every day.

All you have to do is follow these simple instructions.

Increase text size

We all hold our iPhone further and further away as we get older or maybe even closer so we can read text and enjoy our device. Did you know there is a super easy way to adjust text size on an iPhone in seconds? It’s also a great accessibility feature. Let’s set up a Text Size shortcut.

Go to your Settings app, scroll down and select “Control Center”.

First, make sure “Access within apps” is turned on (green switch), then scroll down a list of “Included controls” until you find the words “Text size.”

Then tap the circular green plus icon on the left. Now we’ve added a handy text size control to our control center.

At any time, you can now quickly change the “text size” with a simple swipe on your iPhone. To do this, find the function in your control center. For those who don’t know where the control center menu is on an iPhone, on a newer iPhone (without a home button), swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. If your iPhone has a home button, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen. Then look for the AA icon, tap it, then you can slide your finger along the gray slider to increase or decrease your phone’s text size. Awesome, right?

dark mode

Dark Mode is a great battery saver as it will give many apps a darker theme, replacing the usual white panels or menus. It’s also much easier on the eyes when using your phone at night, and some people even just prefer the look of dark mode on.

To quickly access it, open the ‘Control Center’ (instructions found above), find your brightness slider and press and hold the icon.

This will then lead to a magnified brightness control and below that you will find a dark mode option, just tap it to toggle dark mode on or off.

Alternatively, you can set up a dark mode control in Control Center, for faster access. Go to your Settings app, scroll down and select “Control Center”, then find “Dark Mode” and click the green plus icon next to it. You will now find a dedicated dark mode button in the control center.

As a bonus, in your Control Center settings, you can rearrange the order of your controls by long-pressing the gray lines of each item and dragging them up or down.

Quick Application Switching

Did you know you can quickly switch between apps? Most people would probably be familiar with something called the “App Switcher”, but I have two ways to quickly switch between apps.

First, on an iPhone with Face ID (no home button), swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then without removing your finger, pause for a moment in the center of the screen.

Alternatively, if you have an iPhone with a home button, double tap it. You will now see all of your open apps and then you can browse through them, choose between them, and select a new app to enter. This is useful if you want to quickly copy and paste text from a web page into a text message.

If you have a newer iPhone with Face ID, you can simply swipe right or left along the bottom edge of your screen to switch between apps. It’s really quick and helpful.

Elly Awesome is an Australian tech and lifestyle vlogger | @ellyawwesome | Youtube

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