Did you know that the average American spends more than 15 hours every week reading on their iPhone?
While reading on your iPhone or iPad can be a great experience, there are also several challenges and annoyances.
Here are 5 tips and tricks, you may not know about, that will make reading on your iPhone & iPad easier and even more enjoyable…
1) Safari Reader View
Reader View is a Safari feature that reformats web pages in ways that are both more readable and more useful. It gets rid of most of the distractions on web pages, including the navigation, advertisements, and other side content.
This makes it much easier to focus on the content and read web pages on an uncluttered screen.
To enter into reader view, Just Tap “AA” in the address bar and choose Show Reader View.
Tap “AA” again to see some options…
Tap the smaller “A” to reduce the font size, or the larger “A” to enlarge it.
You can also tap “Font” and then choose a new Font style from the list that appears. Personally, I find it easier to read a serif font like Times New Roman or Georgia (with the little feet on the bottom of the letters). The serif font keeps your eyes tracking across the sentences easier.
Tap on a color (white, off-white, gray, or black) to change the Reader Mode’s color scheme.
Tap AA again if you want to hide reader view.
2) Automatic Reader View for Select Websites
You can also configure Reader View as a default for a specific website.
I like using this automatic reader view option for reading my regular news sites.
Tap the AA Reader View icon and then choose Website Settings. This site-specific menu lets you configure multiple settings for the website, including turning on “Use Reader Automatically.”
3) Accessibility Settings for Al
Your iPhone includes several Text Accessibility Options, including the ability to make text bold, bigger, smaller, or adjust the contrast. These options were designed for people with vision problems, but even if your vision is perfect, they are worth testing for your personal reading preferences.
Just go to Settings > Accessibility > Display and Text Size.
These options are a blessing for anyone with impaired vision, but also make the iPhone much more accessible for us older folk. These options make your entire iPhone or iPad easier to read.
4) Read to Me
It’s great to be able to read on your iPhone, but when the text gets really long or complex, it can get tiring causing reader fatigue.
That’s when being able to hear the text read aloud can make it much easier to consume and digest the content.
Just go to Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content.
Here, you can enable “Speak Selection,” which allows you to highlight text, and then tap “Speak.”
If you switch on “Speak Screen,” your iPhone will read the entire screen aloud whenever you swipe down from the top with two fingers.
5) Dark Mode, True Tone, and Night Shift
The darker your environment gets, the harder it is to read your iPhone.
But your iPhone has some settings to fix that issue so you can enjoy using your iPhone in a dark room without straining your eyes or having to turn on a lot of lights.
Enable Dark Mode on your iPhone under Settings > Display and Brightness. If you’d like Dark Mode to turn itself on whenever it gets dark outside, choose “Automatic.”
Below the “Dark Mode” options on the iPhone is a switch for “True Tone.” The True Tone setting adjusts the white balance onscreen to reflect your ambient environment. “True Tone” helps make the screen look white, not blue or green. When viewing a webpage, your eyes are less strained as a result.
A third option is called “Night Shift”. Night Shift is a setting that brightens the screen at night and shifts it to a warmer (yellower), more orange-toned light, which is easier on your eyes.
Night shift is especially useful if you read in bed at night. It helps your body naturally drift off to sleep at the end of the day. The warmer light signals your brain that the sun is setting, and it’s time to go to sleep.
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Very helpful. Thanks.
iPad Pete says
Glad you found the tips helpful Agnes. Please share with your friends on Facebook 🙂
My eyes thank you!
iPad Pete says
My mouth says “You’re Welcome!” 🙂
Great Tip. Thank you, Pete. Keep your tips coming.
ASCENCION RANGEL says
I love all of these tips and hints! Thank you for helping us figure it out.
Mary Beaven says
Very informative & helpful!!!
Thank you for the great info!
I look forward to your tips, Thank you!
Thank you for sharing this. It is great news to know.
Thanks for these insights!! I am learning to get the most from my iPhone because of these tips!
Kathy Hendrick says
This was amazing. I never knew this. Some of your tips I have learned. Thanks for sharing!!!
Karen D’Arcy Wydra says
Information sounds great. Will the instructions be available when I want to use them?
These are excellent tips to apply to our iPhone or iPad. I had no idea and most of the time I’m hesitant to go around exploring for fear of messing up and then not able to go back. I love this.
Thank you for sharing…. I will forward this to friends!
Joan P. Caiazzo says
That was so helpful! Look forward to your informative email every day. Thanks!
I don’t know how you found me but I’m really glad you did. You’ve broadened my iPhone use and I’m no longer afraid to try something. Many thanks.
Mary Anne says
Thanks, I’m learning a lot from your news letters. Please keep them coming.
lynn Davies says
love your tips. my Iphone 11 pro does not have the scan feature that you showed. I wish it did.
Thanks. Very nice information. Looking forward to more information.
Brenda Hudson says
Love the tips. Why do I have duplicate photos sometimes 3? How to get rid of them without doing it individually?
Marta Rodeheffer says
Same problem! Would love a tip to eliminate the duplicates!
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