Since Apple devices pay great attention to health, and we heard stories about the Apple Watch and how it was the reason for saving its users, thanks to features such as fall detection or heart-related health problems, etc., and recently we saw how Apple integrated the collision detection feature in the iPhone, this Other than the emergency feature via satellite, because of this and more, Apple devices are the most convenient for our parents and grandparents. The good thing is that Apple has developed a useful set of tools and settings that are especially easy for older people to use, but they are disabled by default. In this article, a guide to setting and customizing your father's or grandfather's iPhone or any other elderly person.

Apple has integrated some useful tools in the Accessibility or Accessibility section, to provide a more comfortable experience for the elderly, in addition to the ability to increase the font size and adjust the call to emergency services, the iPhone can also distinguish sounds such as the doorbell and alert those with hearing impairment, as well as alert them During an incoming call by emitting a flash through the flash. How to set up an iPhone for an older user:

Use Siri as a real personal assistant

Siri can help you perform a lot of actions without pressing any button. Especially useful for seniors who aren't familiar with how to navigate iOS, it can send text messages for you, tell who's calling and read notifications, and search emails; And the list goes on.

To use Siri as a personal assistant, you must enable three main options.

◉ First, set up the “Listen to ‘Hey Siri’ command through Settings > Siri & Search, so that you can summon Siri by saying ‘Hey Siri’.

◉ Secondly, activate “Allow Siri When Locked”, which allows you to use it without unlocking the iPhone every time.

◉ Third, turn on “Voice Dial” from Settings > then Face ID & Passcode to allow Siri to call someone from the lock screen.

Enlarge the content of the iPhone

For people who have poor eyesight or difficulty on the iPhone screen, you should enlarge the content on the iPhone. And Apple allows you to increase the size of everything from text to keyboard.

◉ Head to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size to adjust text sizes and apply this to the entire system. To improve readability even further, you can enable 'Bold Text'.

◉ Next, scroll down the “Display & Brightness” page, then in the “Display Zoom” section, enter the View preview.

◉ Here you can choose Zoom

◉ You can also activate the “Larger Text” option to enlarge everything on the iPhone automatically, such as controls, icons, on-screen keyboard, and text.

Prepare medical and emergency data

To take advantage of the health features on the iPhone, you will have to configure it before handing it over to your parents or any other elderly user.

◉ Go to Settings > Health > Medical ID, then click on “Create Medical ID.”

◉ Enter the user's medical details such as emergency contacts and blood type so that anyone can access them directly from the lock screen. Make sure the Show When Locked option is enabled and hit Next when done.

◉ You also have to enter the Emergency SOS section and activate the “Call with Hold” options and the “Call with 3 Presses” option, and the iPhone will automatically call the local emergency, and it will know the contacts you entered.

Track iPhone from anywhere

There is another way to keep the elderly safe, by adjusting some settings also in the “Find My” application to track the iPhone of the elderly, where you can track its iPhone from anywhere or make it ring as well as you can lock it when it is lost. Plus, you can share your location with a friend or family member so they know where you are at all times.

And by sharing location, you can see where that device is from Find My on the web or from your Mac.

◉ If you want to keep someone else up to date with the location of the elderly, head to the People tab and click on Start Sharing Location.

◉ Find and select the contact, click “Send”, and in the next menu, click “Share Indefinitely”.

Turn on flash for alerts

The iPhone also has a hidden feature for those with a hearing loss, so that the flash can blink on incoming calls.

◉ You can enable the flash for alerts from Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > LED Flash for Alerts.

◉ You can also choose whether the flash should flash when the phone is in silent mode or while it is unlocked.

Alert when hearing external sounds

Another useful tip for customizing the iPhone for people with hearing impairment is the option to recognize the sounds around you and accordingly issue alerts.

For example, the iPhone can recognize a fire alarm, doorbell, or even the sound of water.

◉ To enable this setting, go to Settings > Accessibility > Sound Recognition.

Turn on the iPhone without looking at it

The iPhone can also meet the needs of people with vision loss, as the VoiceOver feature allows reading the screen based on touching any place in it, as well as pressing any button, and this allows the iPhone to be turned on without looking at it.

Using gestures, you can move to the next or previous item and select it when needed by tapping anywhere on the screen, it is not required to tap exactly where the item is located.

VoiceOver has a tutorial where you have to learn basic gestures that help you navigate your phone.

◉ You can turn on VoiceOver in Settings > Accessibility.

Return home button

The Home button is very important for the elderly, so they can press it to exit safely from anywhere on the iPhone. To enable it:

◉ Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch and enable it.

Have you set up the iPhone for the elderly before? And do you know a feature we have to set up in addition to what we mentioned? Tell us in the comments.

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