Always wanted to resize text in an app without changing all of the other text on your iPhone or iPad? You can now make app-specific changes to the text size and protect your eyes from unwanted exercise. Here is how.
Starting with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can choose a custom text size for different apps on your iPhone and iPad to make content easier to read. The Text Size option for Control Center allows you to reduce or enlarge the text size for each app to fit the text on the screen.
Once you’ve set a default font size on your iPhone or iPad, it’ll apply to notes, calendar details, contacts, social media updates, and pretty much every other app. However, you can comfortably read e-mails in larger text or more tweets in the Twitter app thanks to the new “Text Size” option.
Here’s how to set up a custom text size for every app on your iPhone and iPad.
What’s new in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey
How to add the text size option to the control center
First, you’ll need to add a Text Size icon shortcut to Control Center so that you can access it quickly while using any app on your iPhone or iPad.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and select “Control Center”.
In the Additional Controls section, scroll down until you see the Text Size option. Then select the green plus button to add it to the Controls Included list.
You can drag the Text Size option to change their order.
After that, the “Text Size” button will appear when you open the Control Center.
How to enable app-specific custom text size
Now comes the real work of configuring a custom font size for each app. Follow the same process as before: First start the app and then use the shortcut “Text Size” from the control center.
How to customize the control center of your iPhone or iPad
After you’ve added the “Text Size” switch, you can increase or decrease the text size in various apps on your iPhone or iPad. Depending on the model, you can start Control Center using one of these methods:
- iPhone X or newer: Swipe down from the top right of the screen.
- iPhone SE and iPhone 8 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- iPad mini 4 or newer, iPad Air 2 or newer, iPad 5th generation or newer and all iPad Pros: Swipe down from the top right of the screen.
First, open the app that you want to adjust the text size for. Next, open the Control Center on your iPhone’s screen and tap, double-tap, or tap and hold the aA key to reveal the text size adjustment slider.
By default, the Text Size control sets a default text size for all apps as the default selection and shows you a six-step slider to adjust the text size. It also shows the text size that you have configured for your device.
To change the text size of the open app, first select the stacked button on the left that shows the name of the app below it. You can see that the slider shows 11 instead of six levels when you select the button for the respective app.
To increase the app’s text size, hold your finger and slide it up along the slider or tap the layer you want.
Warning: Increasing the font size for the homescreen also applies to the notifications. Unless you hide the sensitive notifications, this text will be displayed on your lock screen.
Likewise, you can hold your finger and slide it down to reduce the text size for the respective app.
Note: For safaris, Chrome, or Edge On your iPhone or iPad, you will need to use the built-in option in these browsers to change the text size for all websites.
That’s it! You can use larger text on iPhone or iPad to read email, social media updates, and other text without screwing up your eyes.
Here’s how to make text bigger and more readable on iPhone or iPad