iOS 7 Tip: Make Text Larger, Bold and Easier to Read

Apple’s iOS 7 is light and fast, but not everyone is a fan — namely the text. It’s thin, small and can be difficult to read. Here’s how to make it larger.

Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 7, looks elegant and it runs smoothly with a lot of snap on new iPad or iPhone devices. While it looks smother, lighter, and more modern, not everyone is a fan of it, namely the text. It’s thinner and lighter and can be difficult to read for some people compared to iOS 6. But you’re in luck, it’s easy to make the text size larger and bold through the Accessibility settings.

Make iOS 7 Easier to Read

On your iPad or iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

iOS 7 Accessibility

Scroll down to the second section under Vision and there you’ll see settings for Larger Type and Bold Text.

Vision Settings

In Accessibility you can increase the dynamic type (text size) and provides a sample of the text as you adjust the slider.

Dynamic Type

If you turn on Bold text throughout the OS, a restart of your device is required.


The difference may seem subtle at first – depending on how much you increase the text size. But, just making the text bold and a bit larger makes things easier to see in iOS 7.

Here’s a look at the App Store Before adjusting the text:

Apple App Store iPad Mini

Here it is after. I just increased the size of the text a couple of notches and made it bold as well.

Apple Store after Text Adjustment

Bonus Tips: In the same section you can invert colors and get a new and unique look of iOS 7 without a jailbreak or skinning app. It reminds me of the trick you can do with Windows 8 by turning on high contrast.

Also, if you’re not happy with the background moving, check out how to disable the parallax effect.

While the mobile OS might not look as clean and light as the default settings, to be able to see things easier, I’m willing to sacrifice the so-called “beauty” of it. Try this out for yourself and let us know what you think.

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