Change the Text Size on iPhone 5, 5C or 5S

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Change the Text Size of iPhone 5C

Apple's iPhone 5c was released on September 20, 2013. It has pretty much the same features as other iPhones, but this phone comes with a pre-installed iOS 7. Those of you who are used to iOS 6 may find some of the options on iPhone 5c a bit tricky.

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Below, I will show you how to change the text size on the iPhone 5c. I hope this will be helpful to the phone's new users.

Change the Phone's Text Size in Six Easy Steps

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    On the home screen, tap on "Settings"
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    Scroll down and tap on "General"
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    Tap on "Accessibility"
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    Tap on "Larger Type"
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    Drag the slider to the left for smaller text and to the right for larger text
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    You will now see that the text on top of the slider changes size depending on the size you have chosen
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Tips

  • All Apple iOS 7's support this feature.

Benefits of Using Larger Text Size

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    It helps to reduce eyestrain, especially with prolonged phone use
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    Most people nowadays are very dependent on their iPhones and it has indeed become a necessity in day-to-day life, not just in business. Therefore, a good amount of people's time are actually spent in front of a smartphone doing many different things such as email, text messages, even reading a book. With this, since there is obviously prolonged use, it is advisable to adjust the text size so it's more comfortable for you to see, and doesn't strain your eyes. Larger fonts are easier on the eyes if the user is myopic, so there is no need to squint just to be able to see the text.
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    It helps avoid confusion because of misread information
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    The larger the text is, the less the likelihood of making mistakes in understanding because the message was read incorrectly. This is especially important when crucial information is being sent via text message.
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    It encourages the elderly to continue using smartphones
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    Eyes deteriorate with age, so it's common for the elderly to have trouble reading small text. For that reason, being able to adjust the size of the font on smartphones is very encouraging for this age group.
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Disadvantages of Very Large Text Fonts

There are a few issues when you adjust your text so it is very large.

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    It diminishes a bit of privacy
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    If your text fonts are too big, there is a tendency for people sitting beside you or near you to be able to read your messages. This may be an issue if you are talking about something confidential. In this case, you may want to use those screen protectors that only make the screen visible to you and not to the people sitting near you.
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    It may require you to scroll down more often
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    Since the iPhone screen can only accommodate so much, if you use large text fonts, you'll have to scroll down and move left and right more often than if you were using smaller fonts.
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    It may lead to some misunderstanding as well, especially when not all of the information is displayed on the screen
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    There are cases when a message is actually longer, and what you see on the screen is only a part of it. From there, you can make conclusions without actually reading the entire message, and those conclusions may not be positive. Just remember if you're are using larger fonts, you need to scroll far enough down that you read the entire message, and you don't miss very important details.
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    When using larger fonts, your cursor will need to switch lines more often as you type in words
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    If the version of your iOS is older, this may be an issue as you may take a while before you are able to move to the next line.
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    It may give you a feeling that you are texting a long message, even if you are not
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    If you are particular about counting the number of characters per text message to maximize the allocated characters before it becomes another message, larger fonts may give you the feeling that you are sending quite a long message already. This may involuntarily cause you to shorten your message to maximize the characters even if you still have a lot of space.
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Updates for Changing Text i06 – i07

Changing the Text Size on iOS 6

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    Tap on "Settings" on the home screen.
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    Under the Settings menu, tap on "General".
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    Go to "Accessibility" and tap it.
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    You will now see the option to turn "Large Text" ON or OFF.
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    From there, an option for different text sizes will appear
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    Just tap on which size you want to use, and a check will be on its right side indicating that it is already selected.
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Changing the Text Size on iOS 7

You will notice this option is a bit easier in iOS 7. You will see the difference below.

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    Just like on iOS 6, tap on "Settings" on the home screen
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    Under Settings, tap on "General"
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    Tap on "Text Size" under General
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    Drag the slider to the left for smaller text size, and to the right for larger text
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • On iOS 6, increasing the text size will only affect the Calendar, Contact, Mail, Messages, and Notes.
  • All Apple iOS 7's support this feature.
  • Both iOS have the pinch to zoom feature, which requires the use of two fingers, and smart zoom, which zooms out a specific area by double tapping it with three fingers.
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Benefit of Larger Text Size on iPhone 5S

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    There is no need to zoom in to read
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    You can easily see the information without any difficulty.
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    It makes reading messages easier, especially when you are in a moving vehicle, as one of the most common problems with iPhone is that it becomes difficult to read when you are mobile
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    Reading from afar is possible, especially if you are showing a message to another person
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    You can easily just show the message without the other person having to peek through your phone in detail.
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Change the Text Size of iPhone

The iPhone's graphical user interface is easy to use but not all users can find all the settings he/she needs. Follow these instructions to change your font size when writing an SMS or text messages. Using a base iOS system and using an iOS 7 system

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Using a Base iOS System or iOS 5 and iOS 6

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    On your home screen, tap on the "Settings" (the gear icon)
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    Once you've open the settings menu, look for the "General" option and tap it
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    In the "General" settings, look for the "Accessibility" and tap it
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    From Accessibility, tap on the "Large Text" from the list to change the text size
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    Select the font you want from the list, from largest to smallest
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    Such as 56pt text, 48Pt text, 40pt - 32pt - 24pt - 20pt, or off to set it to default to 16.
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    After doing so, Go to your text message or even try create a note to see if you can find your text bigger or just the regular still
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Using iOS 7 system

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    On your home screen, tap on "Settings" (gear icon)
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    On Settings, tap "General"
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    On the screen selection, tap the "Text Size" to proceed to the next screen
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    On the bottom part of the screen, you'll find a drag button ball to reduce or increase your text font from the smallest, to normal to the largest
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    After doing so, Go to your text message or even try to create a note to see if your text is bigger or just the regular still
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Things to Consider When Using Large Fonts on iPhone 5

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    Privacy
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    If you are using your phone close to other people, it will be easy for them to see your messages if you are using large fonts. This may be a concern if you are typing something important and confidential.
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    Screen Size
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    Larger fonts tend to consume more space on your screen. This then requires that you scroll down more often in order to read the full message.
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Questions and Answers

Icon text size on the phone. I need larger text.

I need larger text. Can you help?

Unfortunately on your iPhone 5c or other devices there is no way for you to personally customize the text size of your icons on your main menu.

My iPhone text is too large and I can't access the control to change it.

Text size. My iPhone text is too large and I can't access the control to change it.

Every mobile phone is set to a default text size. However, this default text size may not be large enough for people that don't have a perfect vision. The iPhone 5S allows its users to change the text size on their phones, depending on their needs. This article will show you how it is done on both iOS 6 and iOS 7.

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