When it comes to handling new technology, seniors often deal with a reputation as being clumsy or confused. Admittedly, technology is changing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up with all of the updates and upgrades at any age.
But the truth is, most seniors with smartphones know how useful they can be during daily activities. And there are numerous ways to make smartphones even more practical and useful.
Here are just a few:
- Listen to your texts—Texting is a convenient form of communication, but it can be really difficult to read the small print on a smartphone. Did you know that most phones can read text messages aloud? (This is a good thing when you are driving so you don’t have to look down and read your message.) Your phone can even compose text messages using speech recognition software so that you can send messages without using your hands to hold the device or killing your eyes to read the screen.
- Adjust your texts to make them more readable—If you still prefer to read your messages, there is another tweak that can make this easier to do. First, you can increase the size of the font so that you are getting the “large-print” version of texts. (You can also do this for buttons on your phone to make the icons larger and easier to read.) Additionally, you can increase the contrast on your display settings to make the words easier to read.
- Make a friend in Siri—You can really make your phone easier to use if you take advantage of Siri or any of the other voice-controlled assistants. Simply say “Siri” or “Alexa” and then ask it a question or make a request and the phone will perform the function for you. This makes it very easy to say “Facetime with the grandkids,” and have the phone automatically set up a video chat with them.
Smartphones don’t have to be daunting technology for seniors. With just a few tweaks and adjustments, you can make sure that they do everything you need them to do with ease and comfort.