Saturday, April 18, 2015

How To Make Night Reading On Your IPad/IPhone "Easy On Your Eyes"

Apple has built a myriad of Accessibility Tools into IOS 8. Users with impaired hearing or sight can customize these options to optimize their experience when using an IPhone or IPad. There is one option, though, that seems to be helpful for all users - the ability to Invert Colors.

Let's face it, reading on a LCD screen, is generally, not pleasant. At night, when the room is dark, looking at that white screen with black text can be uncomfortable - even when the screen is has been dimmed. Many of the Ebook reader Apps like Kindle, Nook and IBook attempt to ameliorate this issue with a Invert Color (night reading) mode, that enables a Black Screen with White Text. Most users find this much more comfortable when reading in a room with very low ambient light. But, what happens when you are simply reading news from a website?



You can go into the Accessibility Options and turn on Invert Color, but getting there and bac is a little cumbersome. So, let's setup a simple Shortcut that will let you toggle this option On and Off. Keep in mind that it will invert all colors, so some screens may look a little strange. The main goal is to provide you with a Black Background with White Text for reading in a darkened room.

  1. Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and click on Accessibility Shortcut at the bottom.
  2. Select Invert Colors - it will be "checked".
  3. Notice at the top it says Triple-Click The Home Button For:
  4. When you Triple-Click the Home Button it will Invert Colors. Triple-Click again and it will return to the original - White Background with Black Text. Refresher - Remember Double-Click of the Home Button brings up the Apps running in the Background.

Happy night reading!