Along with “Continuity,” “Accessibility” has long been my favorite feature in iOS. From boosting viewing experience to offering an option to snap a screenshot with just a tap, it’s got plenty of goodies to stake its claim of being the most appreciable feature. To take advantage of its functionality, I prefer to enable Accessibility shortcut that makes it incredibly simple to use several Accessibility suits like Color Filters, AssistiveTouch on the iPhone.
You can access up to nine Accessibility features like Reduce White Point, VoiceOver, Zoom and more through the shortcuts. Even better, the latest iOS versions let you add the Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center. So, if you don’t want to mess with the physical button or enjoy using gesture the most, you would like to get it done for more flexibility. Let’s set it up!
How to Enable and Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 12/11
Based on your requirements, you can select the features you want to access using Accessibility Shortcut. For instance, if you use Switch Control, Classic Invert Colors, you have the option to include only these two features.
Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on General.
Step #2. Tap on Accessibility.
Step #3. Scroll down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut.
Step #4. Next, you have several options. Select the option you want to add to Accessibility Shortcut.
Following are the nine options you can select to quickly access through the shortcut:
- AssistiveTouch: It’s an enormously user-friendly feature that lets you carry out several functionalities more conveniently without needing to use the physical button.
- Classic Invert Colors: It lets you reverse the colors of the display.
- Smart Invert: You can use it to reverse the colors of the display except for videos and images. It’s great for watching movies in the dark environments.
- Color filters: It allows you to differentiate colors to be able to read the text more comfortably.
- Reduce White Point: It lowers the brightness of colors and white on the screen.
- Switch Control: It enables you to control ability switches or other adaptive accessories for enhanced mobility.
- VoiceOver: It allows you to make your device speak the on-screen content.
- Zoom: Lets you make the content on the screen appear bigger for comfortable viewing.
- Magnifier: Lets you use your device camera to magnify things.
Side note: You can choose to rearrange how these features appear in the Accessibility Shortcut menu. To do so, touch and hold the tiny horizontal lines and drag it at the desired location.
Going forward, you can just triple-click the Side button your iPhone X or the Xs, Xs Max and XR to access the Accessibility suits.
On your older iPhones and iPad, you need to triple-click the Home button.
Though side or home button works pretty well in bringing all of your favorite Accessibility features at your disposal quickly, you would like to add the shortcut to the Control Center for more flexibility. Times when you don’t find the physical button responsive enough, it can come in handy. Keep reading…
How to Add Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center in iOS 12/11
Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on Control Center.
Step #2. Tap on Customize Controls.
Step #3. Find out Accessibility Shortcut under More Controls and then tap on the “+” button which is to its left.
You have successfully added it to Control Center. From now onwards, you can swipe down from the top right corner on your iPhone X series and the iPad running iOS 12 → touch and hold the Accessibility Shortcut button and then select the feature you want to use.
Note: On your iPhone 8 Plus or earlier iPhone, you need to swipe up to bring up the Control Center.
That’s all folks!
I have been a great fan of Accessibility as it’s a highly user-friendly feature. Though it’s primed for the differently-abled people, anyone can take advantage of the functionalities to boost the experience.
Some of the Accessibility suits that have been using for a while are AssistiveTouch and Smart Invert. While the former works efficiently as a virtual Home button, the latter ensures you have an enhanced viewing experience.
You might want to glance through these posts as well:
- How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple Watch
- How to Use AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad
- How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 11