If you’re purchasing an iPad for an elderly loved one, whether for the holidays or their birthday, one of the best things you can do is set it up before you give it to them. This makes the process of starting to use it much easier for them.
Preparing the iPad with everything from the settings to the apps can give them a huge jumpstart, make it less intimidating and confusing, and also make the gift so much more exciting for them to receive.
The iPad has many features that help those who may be hard of hearing or have a visual impairment. These types of features can also be helpful for seniors. Here are a few settings that you can adjust for them right from the start.
Open the Settings app and select Accessibility. Then, move through the various options for Vision, Interaction, Hearing, and Media. Here are just a few settings that you may consider adjusting.
- VoiceOver: Enabling this feature allows the user to hear items spoken out loud. It will also change the gestures. You can adjust the speed, speech, verbosity, and other settings.
- Zoom: Turning on the Zoom will let the user magnify the screen with simple gestures. This makes the screen larger and easier to see.
- Magnifer: This feature lets the user magnify an item by triple-clicking the Home button. This can be very handy for those who don’t have their reading glasses nearby.
- Increase Contrast: Enabling this option improves readability with color contrast and text changes.
- Assistive Touch: If your recipient will be using an accessory or needs a bit of help with the touch screen, this is a good adjustment to make. They can also quickly access Home, Notifications, Siri, and more.
- Touch Accommodations: If Assistive Touch is too much, but some touch screen help is needed, this is a smart setting to enable. Once you turn it on, you can adjust how the touch screen responds.
- Hearing: If your recipient has a MFi Hearing Device, prefers Mono Audio, or needs a little extra volume boost on either the left or right, you can change these settings under Hearing.
- Subtitles & Captioning: Enable this setting for those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment so that they can view subtitles and captions.
- Clear off the front screen– Delete any apps that your loved one will not be using from the primary screen, then move other ones to the secondary home screen, That way they only see the apps for Music, Reading and others they will use.
These are just several suggestions and tips for setting up that iPad for your elderly friend or family member. There are sure to be many more!