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How to Enable Bold Text on Your iPhone or iPad

The Settings App on an iPhone 11 Pro.
Justin Duino

Apple is proud of its various fonts. Sometimes, though, the default text size is hard to read on iPhone and iPad displays. However, you can enable a system-wide bold font and make text easier to read. Here’s how you do it.

Enable Bold Text

To get started, open the “Settings” app. If you can’t find it on your iPhone or iPad Home screen, swipe down on your display and search for it with Spotlight.

The Settings app icon on an iPhone Home screen.

Next, scroll down and select “Display & Brightness.”

Select "Display & Brightness."

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of the menu, and then toggle-On “Bold Text.”

Toggle-On "Bold Text."

After you enable the “Bold Text” option, you should see a larger font in both first- and third-party apps on your iPhone or iPad. Keep in mind that not everything will display the bold font.

Adjust the Text Size

If you want to make the bold text on your iPhone or iPad even easier to read, you can adjust the text size. You can use a built-in tool on your iPhone or iPad to scale text size manually.

Just like before, open the “Settings” app. Tap “Display & Brightness,” and then scroll down and tap “Text Size.”

Tap "Text Size."

Use the slider to adjust the text until it’s the size you want. The default setting is the middle, so you can make the font larger or smaller.

Move the slider until the text is the size you want.






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How to Enable Fall Detection and Set Up Emergency Contacts on Apple Watch

Apple Watch Emergency Settings
Justin Duino

The Apple Watch might be a great smartwatch, but it can also save your life. Apple has built fall detection into the wearable, which can call 911 and alert your emergency contacts in case you’re involved in an accident. Here’s how to set everything up.

Enable Fall Detection

When you first set up your Apple Watch, it should have asked if you’d like to enable fall detection and emergency services. If you didn’t turn the feature on (or want to make sure you did), start by opening the “Watch” app on your iPhone.

If you can’t find the app on your iPhone, swipe down on your homescreen and use Apple’s Spotlight search to find “Watch.”

Apple iPhone Select Watch App

Scroll down in the “My Watch” tab and select “Emergency SOS.”

Apple iPhone Watch App Select Emergency SOS

Tap on the toggle next to “Fall Detection.” Doing so will alert 911 and your emergency contacts that you’ve potentially been injured and didn’t respond to an alarm coming from the Apple Watch.

Apple iPhone Watch App Toggle Fall Detection

Alternatively, you can enable fall detection from your Apple Watch. You can do this by clicking on the Digital Crown > Settings app (gear icon) > SOS > Fall detection. Toggle the option on if it wasn’t already.

Set Up Emergency Contacts

In order for your loved ones to be alerted to a potential accident, you need to set up emergency contacts. You can do this from the “Health” app on your iPhone.

Again, if you can’t find the app on your phone, swipe down on the iPhone’s homescreen and use Spotlight search to locate “Health.”

Apple iPhone Select Health App

Next, tap on your avatar in the top-right corner of the app.

Apple iPhone Health App Select Avatar

Scroll down and select the “Medical ID” option.

Apple iPhone Health App Select Medical ID

The Medical ID menu will list all of the emergency information you’ve provided about yourself. To add a new emergency contact, tap on the “Edit” button in the top-right corner.

Apple iPhone Health App Select Edit

Scroll down to the “Emergency Contacts” section and select “+ Add Emergency Contact.” You can also choose the red “-” icons next to the other emergency contacts to remove them.

Apple iPhone Health App Select Add Emergency Contact

Locate a contact in your phone book and select which phone number you would like listed for the emergency contact. Next, choose the contact’s relationship to you. Doing so will help first responders identify next of kin.

Apple iPhone Health App Select Relationship

After you’ve added the emergency contact, tap “Done.”

Apple iPhone Health App Select Done

Your emergency contact(s) will now be saved. If you do fall and 911 is called, your emergency contacts will also be contacted alongside a GPS location so you can be located.





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How to Enable Dark Mode on Outlook for Android, iPhone, and iPad

Microsoft Outlook Logo with Dark Background

Microsoft has been rolling out a dark mode to its Office apps for over a year. This change has been available in Outlook for desktop and the web for several months, and now it’s live on Android, iPhone, and iPad. Here’s how to enable the theme.

The instructions for turning on Outlook’s dark mode is identical for all mobile devices. If you don’t see the option for the theme, check for an app update. Dark mode should be available on Android version 4.0.4 (345) and above. iPhone and iPad owners should have Outlook version 4.2.0 installed or newer.

Start by launching the Outlook app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad. Next, tap on the gear icon in the bottom-left corner of the interface.

The Outlook Settings cog.

In the Settings menu, scroll down to the “Preferences” section and then select the “Theme” option.

The Them option showing the default theme of "Light".

Change the theme option from “Light” to “Dark.”

The dark mode option.

The moment you select “Dark,” the Outlook app will invert the white background to black and the black text to white.

The Outlook app in dark mode.


Alternatively, a third option called “Set by Battery Saver” is automatically enabled when your mobile device enters Battery Saver mode. Dark mode won’t necessarily increase your battery life, but it won’t hurt.

Note: For anyone with accessibility needs, dark mode is not optimized for high contrast modes. Some things, like images and text highlighting, aren’t converted, so they may not look great.

Also, at the time of writing, the message body will remain white when you’re editing a draft. Microsoft is working to add dark mode to the editor, but it might be some time before the theme is fully implemented.





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How to Disable or Enable Tap to Click on a PC’s Touchpad

An index finger on a PC laptop's trackpad.
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Windows laptops often let you tap one or more fingers on the touchpad or trackpad to click. If this gets in your way, you can disable it—or enable it if it’s not working.

Different Laptops Have the Option in Different Places

Generally, you can tap with one finger to left-click and tap with two fingers to right-click. This option is relatively easy to enable and disable, although it’s in different places depending on the touchpad hardware your laptop manufacturer included and how they configured it. If you disable tap-to-click, you can still click by depressing the trackpad or pressing the buttons on it.

Many modern Windows laptops have Precision Touchpads. If your laptop does, you can configure tap-to-click and other touchpad settings directly in Windows 10’s Settings app.

How to Disable or Enable Tap to Click

To check whether these features are available on your PC, head to Settings > Devices > Touchpad. (You can quickly open the Settings app by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard.)

Under Taps, enable or disable the “Tap with a single finger to single-click,” “Tap with two fingers to right-click,” and “Tap twice and drag to multi-select” options. The exact options available will depend on your PC. But, if you don’t see them, your PC doesn’t have a Precision Touchpad, and these options must be configured elsewhere.

Disabling tap-to-click in Windows 10's Settings app.

If you don’t see the options here, you can likely click “Additional settings” under Related Settings on the Touchpad settings pane.

Opening additional touchpad settings on Windows 10.

This will generally open your touchpad’s settings panel in the old Mouse Properties window.

On an HP laptop with a Synaptics touchpad, it took us to the “ClickPad Settings” pane. We could click “ClickPad Settings” to access the touchpad’s settings.

(You can also find these options by heading to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse and looking for the touchpad options your laptop’s touchpad drivers added to this window. This is where you’ll find them on Windows 7 PCs.)

Launching Synaptics ClickPad settings on an HP laptop.

We could then entirely disable “Tapping,” or disable “Two-Finger Tap,” “Three-Finger Tap,” or “Four-Finger Tap.” Finally, we could save the settings by clicking “OK” twice.

Disabling tap-to-click in the Synaptics touchpad settings window.

Again, the exact options available, as well as the name of any settings here, will depend on your laptop manufacturer, how it configured your touchpad, and the drivers it used. While many laptops have Synaptics touchpads and will look similar to this, some have ELAN trackpads.

In some cases, some laptops may not even offer an option that lets you disable tap-to-click. However, most laptops do offer this option.





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How to Enable Low Data Mode on Your iPhone

iPhone settings screen showing Low Data mode for a Wi-Fi network on iOS 13
Khamosh Pathak

Running out of data on your limited mobile plan? Want to stretch out the data for the last couple of days of the month? Try the new Low Data Mode to reduce data usage on your iPhone.

How Low Data Mode Works

Low data Mode in iOS 13 and beyond shuts off all background communication. It stops Background App Refresh for apps and requests apps to postpone all non-urgent sync tasks until you’re connected to a network that doesn’t have Low data mode enabled.

It also pauses all background sync tasks. So when Low Data Mode is enabled, the Photos app won’t back up your photos.

You won’t see much of a difference using your iPhone on a day-to-day basis, but all the background processes that you usually don’t have control over will be paused. If needed, you can manually resume a syncing task.

This is just one of the little useful features that Apple added in the iOS 13 update. To know about the best features in this update, take a look at our best iOS 13 features list.

RELATED: The Best New Features in iOS 13

Enable Low Data Mode for Cellular Data

To enable Low Data Mode on your cellular data connection, open the iPhone’s Settings app, and select the “Cellular” option.

Tap on Cellular option in Settings app

From here, tap on “Cellular Data Options.”

Tap on Cellular Data Options in Settings

Tap on the toggle next to “Low Data Mode” to turn on the feature.

Tap on Low Data Mode toggle to enable Low Data mode

Enable Low Data Mode for Wi-Fi Networks

Low Data Mode also works for Wi-Fi networks, but not in an all-or-nothing nature. You can go through and enable the feature for specific Wi-Fi networks that might include low data caps.

Open the Settings app and tap on “Wi-Fi.”

Tap on Wi-Fi option in Settings page

Here, find the Wi-Fi network you want to enable the feature on and tap on the “i” button next to it.

Tap on the I button next to Wi-Fi name to find the options

From this screen, tap on the toggle next to “Low Data Mode” to enable it.

Tap on the toggle to enable Low Data mode for Wi-Fi


You can also enable low data mode in specific apps and services. For example, Instagram has an option for a low data mode. To save data usage in streaming apps, you can reduce the video or audio streaming quality.

You can also manually disable Background App Refresh and auto-downloads for apps to reduce data usage on your iPhone.

RELATED: How to Monitor (and Reduce) Your Data Usage on the iPhone





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Slack for Desktop and Web Gets a Dark Mode—Here’s How to Enable It

Slack Logo with Dark Background

Months after rolling out to Android, iPhone, and iPad, Slack has brought dark mode to its desktop and web apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux. The theme is a mix of black and gray with white text, making it easy to read throughout the workday.

At the time of writing, Slack states that you must manually enable dark mode. In a future update, the service should be able to automatically switch between light and dark mode based on your operating system’s settings.

Note: Dark mode is going to remain device-specific. This means that if you enable dark mode on your smartphone, dark mode on your desktop won’t automatically turn on, or vice versa.

To get started, open the Slack desktop app or visit your workspace on the web. Next, click on your workspace’s name found at the top of the left sidebar.

Slack for Desktop Click Workspace Name

Select “Preferences” located in the top part of the pop-up menu.

Slack for Desktop Click Preferences

On the next screen, click on “Themes” and then select “Dark.” Doing so will invert most of the colors, making the light and white colors black, and the dark and black colors white.

Slack for Desktop Click Themes then Click Dark

Note: For reasons unknown, some users are reporting that the “Themes” option is hidden within the “Sidebar” menu on their desktop and web apps. If you aren’t immediately seeing the “Themes” menu option, check for it within “Sidebar.”

With dark mode now enabled, you can further customize Slack’s sidebar theme. The built-in color options should be available directly under the dark mode section.

Slack for Desktop Customize Sidebar Theme

Dark mode won’t necessarily prolong your battery life if you’re working from a laptop, but it looks better than a bunch of bright white pixels if you ask us.

RELATED: Dark Mode Isn’t Better For You, But We Love It Anyway





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How to Enable Dark Mode on your iPhone and iPad

Dark Mode toggle in Control Center shown on an iPhone running iOS 13
Khamosh Pathak

Dark mode is everywhere from Mac, Windows, Android, and now on the iPhone and iPad. iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 finally brings the much-coveted feature to Apple’s devices. It looks great, and it automatically works with supported apps and websites.

How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

When you enable dark mode, the entire UI on your iPhone or iPad flips. You now see a black background and white text. Apple has gone with a true black theme which means that the background at most places is pure black instead of a dark gray.

Reminders app dashboard screen in iOS 13
Khamosh Pathak

This looks great on iPhones with an OLED display (iPhone X, XS, XS Max, 11, and 11 Max) as the pixels just don’t light up. To maintain readability, Apple has gone for a gray background for some background elements. We’ve talked about the intricacies of the dark mode interface in detail before.

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty. To enable the dark mode on your iPhone or iPad, first, open the Control Center.

If you have an iPhone X-style device with a notch, swipe down from the top-right edge of the screen. The same goes for iPad users. If you’re using an iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.

Swipe down from top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

Here, tap and hold on the “Brightness” slider.

Tap and hold on Brightness Slider in Control Center

Now, tap on the “Dark mode” button to turn it on. If you want to disable the feature, you can tap on the icon again.

Tap on Dark Mode toggle in Brightness slider to enable dark mode

Alternatively, you can turn dark mode on or off through the Settings menu. You can do this by going to Settings > Display and tap on “Dark.”

RELATED: How iOS 13’s Dark Mode Works on Your iPhone and iPad

Add a Dark Mode Toggle to the Control Center

If you’re like me, you’ll want a dedicated switch for dark mode. It’s available as an additional toggle in Control Center.

To enable it, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.

Tap on Customize Controls from the Settings app

From this screen, tap on the “+” button next “Dark mode.”

Tap on the Plus button next to Dark Mode to add the control in Control Center

This will enable the dedicated dark mode toggle at the end of the Control Center. Tap on the button to toggle dark mode on and off. There’s no more need to go to the brightness menu!

Tap on the new Dark Mode control in Control Center to quickly toggle the dark mode

Set Dark Mode on a Schedule

You can also automate the dark mode feature by setting up a schedule. Open the “Settings” app and go to “Display and Brightness.”

From the “Appearance” section, tap on the toggle next to “Automatic.”

Enable Dark Mode from Settings

Then tap on the “Options” button to switch between the “Sunset to Sunrise” option and a “Custom Schedule” option.

Set a Custom Schedule for Dark mode in iOS 13

If you choose the “Custom Schedule” option, you’ll be able to specify the precise time dark mode should kick in.

Dark Mode Works With Compatible Apps and Websites

Just like macOS Mojave, the dark mode on iPhone and iPad works with supported apps and websites.

Once an app updates for iOS 13 and supports this feature, it will automatically switch the app’s theme to dark theme when you turn on the system dark mode from Control Center.

Here, for example, is the LookUp Dictionary app. In the left screenshot, the app is in the default light mode. And on the right, you can see what the app looks like in dark mode.

A comparison of the LookUp dictionary app in light mode and dark mode in iOS 13

All I did between these two screenshots was to go to the Control Center and turn on dark mode. Once apps start supporting this feature, you won’t need to find the dark mode feature in individual apps.

The same goes for Safari. If a website supports the dark mode feature in CSS, it will automatically switch between the light and the dark themes based on the system settings.

In the screenshot below, you can see the feature in action for the Twitter website in Safari.

Screenshot showing Twitter in Light mode and Dark mode based on automatic switching in iOS 13

Currently, there’s no way to blacklist apps from this automatic theme switching feature.

But for websites, you can disable the feature altogether by going to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Experimental Features and turning off the “Dark mode CSS support” option.

Alternative To Dark Mode: Smart Invert

The automatic dark mode will only work for apps that support the feature in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and above. What if you want to enable dark mode in an app that doesn’t support it? Use the Smart invert feature as a workaround.

Smart invert is an accessibility feature that automatically inverts the UI colors without touching the images and other media. With this workaround, you can get a decent white-text-on-black-background interface.

To enable it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display and Text Size and then toggle on “Smart Invert.”

Turn on Smart Invert feature on iPhone

You can see the difference between a website in light mode and with Smart invert turned on in the screenshots below. Although most of the website inverts correctly, some areas—such as the menu bar in the below example—don’t look like they should.

A comparison of How-to Geek article in light mode and with Smart Invert feature enabled

Granted, the Smart invert feature doesn’t work for everything, but it’s a good alternative. If a developer doesn’t add dark mode to their app(s), this (somewhat) works.

RELATED: How to Invert the Colors of Your iPhone’s Screen





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How to Enable Optimized Battery Charging on Your iPhone

Apple iPhone Battery Health Menu
Justin Duino

The iPhone’s lithium-ion battery tends to have a longer lifespan when it isn’t fully charged. Apple’s optimized battery charging feature—releasing with iOS 13—keeps the battery below 80 percent until a full charge is needed, reducing unnecessary battery aging. Here’s how to enable it.

To begin, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone. If you can’t find the icon, swipe down on your home screen and use Apple’s Spotlight search to find the app.

RELATED: How iOS 13 Will Save Your iPhone’s Battery (by Not Fully Charging It)

Apple iPhone Click Settings

Scroll down and choose the “Battery” option.

Apple iPhone Click Battery

Select “Battery health.”

Apple iPhone Click Battery Health

Tap on the toggle next to “Optimized battery charging.”

Apple iPhone Toggle Optimized Battery Charging

Your iPhone will now start analyzing your charging routine to determine when it should fully charge its battery. If you ever want to ensure that your smartphone has a full charge, you can follow these steps and disable the optimized battery charging feature.






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How to Enable a Play/Pause Button on Chrome’s Toolbar

The Play button on Chrome's browser toolbar.

Which tab is playing sound? With Chrome’s new Play/Pause button, you don’t have to hunt it down. You can control playback from any browser tab using a convenient button on Chrome’s toolbar.

Google Chrome’s new media playback controls are part of the stable version of Chrome 77 but disabled by default. You can enable the button with a hidden flag and use it today, just like Chrome’s new Extensions menu, hidden Reader Mode, and the “Send Tab to Self” feature.

Like those other options, this feature is hidden behind an experimental flag. Google may change how it works or remove it in the future. However, we expect Google to enable the Play/Pause button for everyone in a future version of Chrome.

To find this option, type chrome://flags/ into Chrome’s Omnibox (address bar) and press Enter. Search for “Global Media” here.  You can also copy-paste the following line into Chrome’s Omnibox to go straight to this option:

chrome://flags/#global-media-controls

Enabling global media controls in Google Chrome.

Click the box to the right of Global Media Controls and select “Enabled.”

Chrome will prompt you to restart your browser. Click “Relaunch Now” when you’re ready, but be sure to save your work in any open tabs first. Chrome will reopen any tabs you had open after it restarts, but the current state of the tabs—for example, data you’ve typed in text boxes—will be lost.

Relaunching Chrome after enabling a flag.

The new Play/Pause icon will appear on Chrome as soon as a tab starts playing video or audio in your browser. For example, you’ll see it when you start watching a YouTube video or playing music on Spotify’s website.

To use the playback controls, just click the button. You’ll see the name of what’s playing along with a Play/Pause button as well as Previous and Forward buttons. If multiple tabs are playing different things, you’ll see controls for each tab actively playing media here.

Multiple websites showing playback controls on Chrome's browser toolbar.

The Play/Pause button works even if the media is playing in another Chrome browser window on your system. Even if you have a mess of tabs and browser windows open, it’s now easy to control media playback.

RELATED: What’s New in Chrome 77, Arriving Today





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