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33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7

Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren | April 21, 2014
Whether it's the first time you've picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you've pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you're not familiar with. Don't sweat it: We're here to help. We've collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you.

Whether it's the first time you've picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you've pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you're not familiar with. Don't sweat it: We're here to help. We've collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you.

Make iOS 7 look nicer

1. Make the text larger and bolder: As nice as the thinner version of the Helvetica Neue font is in iOS 7, it's not always the easiest to read. If you're having trouble reading text on your iPhone or iPad, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text to increase the default font size on your device. You can make that font size even larger in apps that support it by enabling Larger Accessibility Sizes. And if you want Helvetica Neue to show up just a bit bolder, visit Settings > General > Accessibility and enable the Bold Text slider. (Note: You will have to restart your iPhone when you enable Bold Text.)

2. Buttons, buttons, everywhere: iOS 7 has ditched most of the traditional buttons present in past versions of Apple's mobile software, but if you're jonesing for that old familiar arrow shape, you can enable it via Settings > General > Accessibility > Button Shapes.

3. Contrast is key: Some of us like white text on light backgrounds, but others find it causes headaches and hurts their eyes. If you're part of that latter group, there are several options for your viewing pleasure under Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast.

If you want to increase the text and background contrast for features like Control Center and Notification Center, turn on the Reduce Transparency option.

If you wish to darken the highlight colors found in an app's menu and tab bar (the pink color of the Music app, for instance), toggle the Darken Colors switch.

And if you'd like to darken the white backgrounds found in apps like Settings, the Reduce White Point screen brings the pure white coloration down to a more ocularly-friendly light grey.

On the map

4. Turn-by-turn walking directions: We've long had the ability to do turn-by-turn directions for driving, but iOS 7 also adds the ability to get those same prompted directions when you're on foot. Just tap the Directions button in the top left hand corner, select the Walking icon at the top of the screen, enter your destination, and tap Route. Siri will guide you to your destination, alerting you by voice when it's time to make a turn.

5. Prefer walking directions: Say you're on vacation and don't have a car: Wouldn't it be useful if you didn't have to remind Maps that you want those walking directions every time you put in a location? Easy enough: Just go to Settings > Maps and scroll down to the Preferred Directions section. There you'll be able to choose between Driving and Walking. Now, when you launch Maps, it'll give you pedestrian-friendly directions by default.

 

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