For Seniors: Turn On Large Text and AssistiveTouch on iPhone 4S

On your iPhone 4S, you can set a larger text size for your iPhone to bring text into better focus and turn on the AssistiveTouch control panel to help you with making gestures and choices if you struggle with the touchscreen interface.

Turn on Large Text on your iPhone 4S

If having larger text in the Contacts, Mail, and Notes apps would be helpful to you, you can turn on the Large Text feature and choose the text size that works best for you.

  1. To turn on Large Text, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

  2. Tap General and then scroll down and tap Accessibility.

  3. In the Accessibility pane, tap the Large Text button to turn on the feature.

  4. In the list of text sizes, tap the one you prefer.

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  5. Tap the Home button to close the Settings dialog.

Turn on and work with AssistiveTouch on your iPhone 4S

The AssistiveTouch Control panel helps those who have challenges working with buttons to provide input to iPhone using the touchscreen.

  1. To turn on AssistiveTouch, tap Settings on the Home screen and then tap General and Accessibility.

  2. In the Accessibility pane, scroll down and tap AssistiveTouch. In the pane that appears, tap the On/Off button for AssistiveTouch to turn it on.

    Note the gray square (called the AssistiveTouch Control panel) that appears on the right side of the pane. This square now appears on the screen in whatever apps you display on your iPhone.

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  3. Tap the AssistiveTouch Control panel to display options.

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  4. You can tap Gestures, Favorites, or Device on the panel to see additional choices, or tap Home to go directly to the Home screen. Once you’ve chosen an option, tapping the Back arrow takes you back to the main panel.

Here are the major options available in the AssistiveTouch Control panel and their purpose:

AssistiveTouch Controls
Control Purpose
Gestures Choose the number of fingers to use for gestures on the touchscreen.
Favorites Displays a set of gestures with only the Pinch gesture preset; you can tap any of the other blank squares to add your own favorite gestures.
Device You can rotate the screen, lock the screen, turn volume up or down, mute or unmute sound, or shake iPhone to undo an action using the presets in this option.
Home Sends you to the Home screen.
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