Pro Tip: How to speed up your Apple Watch

Apple Watch is becoming second nature to me after several months of owning it. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like something’s missing when I don’t strap it to my wrist in the morning before starting my workday. Thing is, the Apple Watch has so many animations on it that I sometimes feel […]

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How to master the Apple TV remote’s new buttons

Like all well-designed products from the Apple mothership, the new Apple TV’s remote, also known as the Siri remote, looks simple but contains a surprising amount of depth. Sure, you might know that one press on the Menu button will take you back one screen, but what about all the other secret moves (like how […]

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How to fix the iPhone 6s Plus’ frame rate problem

The iPhone 6s Plus has a frame rate problem, and the only solution is more cowbell right here! Although it’s not necessarily something your average user is going to get too concerned about, a number of people have noticed that the iOS transition animations on the phablet-sized iPhone 6s Plus look considerably slower and more jerky […]

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Pro Tip: How to fine-tune 3D Touch sensitivity

You don’t have to press so hard on your expensive new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to get the groundbreaking 3D Touch working easily. We’ve all been looking forward to this killer UI upgrade, but some users say they’re worried about breaking their new iPhone screens because they’re pushing so hard to get the “pop” […]

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Pro Tip: Make iOS 9 keyboard all caps again

I can’t stand the new lowercase keyboard in iOS 9. It’s a fairly useless change to begin with, as it doesn’t make anything easier. Sure, it shows whether you’ve pressed the Shift key or not, but the new Shift key is also improved, making the lower-case option an aesthetic one rather than functional. So, if […]

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How to find the exact setting you need in iOS 9

iOS has so many settings in one app, it’s kind of ridiculous. Whether you want to change preferences for an app or the operating system itself, a trip to the crowded Settings app can often be a frustrating experience. iOS 9 — still in beta — has a solution for that information overload though: Search. […]

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How to Make Icons and Fonts Bigger on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

The Apple Watch screen is small. So small that it can be difficult for some people to read messages and other text on the device. Also, even though the Home screen icons get bigger when they are centered on the screen, you might find yourself accidentally tapping the wrong one more often than you’d like.

Apple has included a couple of accessibility features that make dynamic text larger on the screen, and there are options to make all of the icons stay big on the Home screen instead of shrinking and growing when they are not centered. We have a tutorial to show you how to enable these features.

Reduce Motion

The same feature that helps keep people from getting motion sickness in iOS 8 makes app icons larger on the Home screen on Apple Watch. It makes it a little bit easier to tap those tiny icons.

  1. On Apple Watch, navigate to the Home screen and then open the Settings app.
  2. Select General. Then scroll down to Accessibility.
  3. Tap Reduce Motion and toggle the switch to the on position.

Or

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch.
  2. Select General, and then Accessibility.
  3. Tap Reduce Motion and toggle the switch to the on position.

Now, the icons on your Home screen will remain at their fullest size instead of shrinking down as they move away from the center of the screen, as seen in the image at the top of this post.

Tip: If an app is centered on the screen, you don’t even have to tap it to open it. Instead, rotate the Digital Crown to open the app. The hard part is being able to tell which app is centered.

Larger Font

You can increase the size of the font for apps that are compatible with dynamic text. Apple’s stock Mail, Messages, and Settings apps all have dynamic text.

  1. On Apple Watch, navigate to the Home screen and open the Settings app.
  2. Select Brightness & Text Size. Then select Text Size.
  3. Rotate the Digital Crown up or down to increase or decrease the font size.

Or

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch.
  2. Select Brightness & Text.
  3. Drag the slider bar to the left or right to increase or decrease the font size.

You can also turn on Bold Text in the Brightness and Text sections in the Apple Watch Settings app or the Apple Watch app on iPhone to make text just a little bit easier to see.

Reduce Transparency

The iOS 8-style background transparency used in apps like Siri and Glances might also affect your ability to see things clearly on the Apple Watch. You can reduce the transparency to up the contrast and make text and graphics crisper against a solid black background, which may make it easier on your eyes.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch
  2. Select General. Then select Accessibility.
  3. Tap Reduce Transparency and toggle the switch to the on position.

With all of the above-mentioned options, it should make it a bit easier for you to read emails and messages, as well as navigate the Home screen icons.





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Why iOS 8 may seem slow even on modern devices

Accusations that iOS 8 is slower than some of Apple’s previous mobile operating systems have circulated since the OS debuted in 2014. Although it works great most of the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, you don’t have to look too far…Read more ›



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