Buying a smartphone for elderly parents? Here’s how to make it user friendly

New Delhi: Due to the lack of technical knowledge, it is often difficult for the elderly to use a smartphone. In such a situation, your small help can make their life easy and enjoyable. Here are some modifications you can make to ensure a safe smartphone experience for your grandparents or even your elderly parents. Keep in mind that everyone’s taste is different, so opt for more targeted tinkering.

Don’t fill the home screen with apps: Keep the home screen as clean as possible by avoiding overcrowding with apps. Many applications are disliked by the elderly (in most situations). It is better to have fewer icons. Anything they don’t use regularly should be uninstalled. It is also important that you personalize their Android or iPhone to make them more useful to them. To remove an unwanted application from an Android phone, tap and hold the icon, then drag it to uninstall or delete the text, which is usually near the top of the screen. On an iPhone, tap and hold the Home screen until the icons move, then move them around or tap the X to move them. Also read: Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale: iPhone 11 128GB is getting huge discount

Screen Lock Security: While it may be tempting not to enable lock screen protection, it is a necessary setting. New smartphones come with a variety of security features, such as fingerprint scanners, PIN codes, and more, so be sure to set up a system that is user-friendly for the elderly. On Android phones, go to Settings, Security, and Screen lock to enable Screen Lock. On an iPhone, go to Settings, then touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode to enable it.

Shortcut: Shortcuts to regularly used programs can also be added. Shortcuts on the home screen to make it easier for them to text or call their nearest connection with just a swipe is one of the most useful things you can do. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 14 leaked: Check out this feature

By touching and holding the home screen on an Android smartphone and selecting Widgets, you can create a shortcut on the home screen. After you’ve made your choice, go to Contacts, select a direct dial, and then choose the contact you want in Shortcuts. You can put the shortcut wherever you want on the home screen, and they’ll be able to call that person with a single tap. You can add a Direct Message shortcut to the Home screen using the same process.

By Naveen Bharat Staff



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