[Ultimate Guide] Set Up A Friendly iPhone for Seniors
With the popularity of smartphones, more and more people get used to using a cell phone. However, this may be a bit difficult for elderly people to accustom themselves to such a novel little gadget. Some may be not used to a phone without a physical keyboard, other may use iPhone for the first time. Can you make iPhone elderly friendly? The answer is yes!
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iPhone is designed for not only the young but the old. It's a fact that it's hard to get started with a new novelty. However, the more you use, the faster you get used to it. Those little kids who seem to understand technology from birth aren't smarter than elderly people are. They are just not afraid to push the buttons and see what happens. With this guide to show you how to set up iPhone for the elderly, everyone can use an iPhone.
Part 1: Security Settings
The reason why we choose iPhone for elderly people is that iPhone has simpler operability in comparison to an Android phone that can be highly customized. People thus can get used to it even if they seldom use tech devices. All we need to do is make iPhone as easily and simply usable as possible. Now, let's get down to the security settings at first.
1. Set up Touch ID and Passcode
To begin with, you can consider setting up a Touch ID ("Settings" > "Touch ID & Passcode") using an elderly people's fingerprint. If you want to set up a lock password, I'd suggest you make it simple to remember but obscure to guess out, such as "&&&" or "$&@". Given that iPhone will be automatically locked when passcode attempts fail several times, I personally think that Touch ID is enough.
2. Enable Voice Dial
It's recommended as well to enable "Voice Dial" on iPhone, which can be activated through Siri even if the screen is locked. If your grandma wants to make a call, she can easily speak to Siri and tell Siri to call somebody free from a lot of work like unlocking screen and opening the Contact app.
3. Turn On "Find My iPhone"
The "Find My iPhone" feature is able to locate the iPhone, which is helpful not only when the iPhone is forgotten under a cushion but also when elder people get lost outside. If any of them happens, you can log in Apple ID on iCloud.com and track down the iPhone.
Go to "Settings" > "Your Apple ID Profile (iOS 11)" > "iCloud" > "Find My iPhone" and enable it. Also, there is an option - Send Last Location. Turn it on and the iPhone will automatically send he location of iPhone to Apple when the battery is critically low.
4. Set Up Medical ID
There is a Medical ID card for you to complete in the Health app. It's strongly recommended to provide medical information like Medical Conditions, Medical Notes, Allergies & Reactions, Medications, Blood Type, Emergency Contacts and more.
This Medical ID can be viewed even if the screen is locked. If any, doctors can know elderly people's health conditions in time. Also, it helps people to get in touch with emergency contacts if an emergency occurs with no luck.
Part 2: Elderly-Friendly Settings
1. Bigger the Text Size
Presbyopia is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close. It is a normal part of aging. Therefore, it's necessary for the old to enjoy reading with bigger text size.
Navigate to "Settings" > "Display & Brightness". Select "Text Size" and adjust text size to your preferred reading size. Also, you can enable the "Bold Text" option if necessary. If you prefer to larger text size, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" and select "Larger Text".
2. Volume Up the Sound of Notifications, Ringer or Alerts
Aging also weakens people's listening and distracts attention. That's why elderly people tend to miss phone calls or messages all the time. You hence need to raise the volume of the sound of Notifications, Ringer and Alerts probably to the maximum in "Settings" > "Sounds".
Also, some may accidentally press the "Volume Down" button and make the iPhone mute. Therefore, you may consider toggle off the "Change with Buttons" option. Moreover, you should turn on both "Vibrate on Ring" and "Vibrate on Silent". What's more, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" > "LED Flash for Alerts" and enable "LED Flash for Alerts" and "Flash on Silent".
Part 3: Thoughtful Settings
1. Remove Unnecessary Default Apps
iPhone comes with a lot of built-in apps and many of them are barely used indeed. Thankfully, iOS 11 allows users to remove default apps. To make a neat and clear Home Screen, you can delete apps that are barely used from iPhone like "iMovie", "Numbers", "Stocks", "Calendar" and so on.
2. Add Frequently-Used Websites to Home Screen
If you think only apps can be shown on Home Screen, then you are totally wrong. Actually, you can add frequently-used sites as shortcuts to Home Screen. If your grandma or grandpa like surfing the internet, you can help them add web shortcuts to Home Screen. Here's how to do so: 1. Open a site on Safari 2. Select the "Share" button. 3. Tap "Add to Home Screen".
3. Add Family Contacts to Favorites for Quick Access
It's always of great concern that elderly people can quickly get in touch with family or friends. Therefore, you can help them add people that they contact the most to the Favorite list. Open the "Phone" app and select the "+" icon on the top left. Then, select a desired contact and tap "Message"/"Call"/"Phone" to Favorites.
4. Emergency SOS
iOS 11 rolls out an "Emergency SOS" option for unexpected situations, which will be enabled by clicking the Sleep/Wake button five times to quickly call emergency services. Above all, emergency contacts must be set up in the Health app.
Open the "Settings" app and select "Emergency SOS". Then, toggle on the "Auto Call" option. For elder people, I'd recommend to keep "Countdown Sound" on so that iPhone will play a warning sound while Emergency SOS is counting down to call emergency services.
That's all. If your grandma or grandpa like taking photos and videos, remember to do a regular backup of their photos and videos, so they won’t be sad when these accidentally deleted. Now, follow this guide and make iPhone elderly friendly. If you like this, share with your friends!
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