See content on your Apple devices more easily with “Increase Contrast”

Sometimes it seems as though the user interface on Mac and iPhone is made for people with exceptionally good vision. By default, many elements on the screen are light-on-light or dark-on-dark and therefore easy to miss if you aren’t looking carefully. Luckily, Apple has a feature you can enable called “Increase Contrast” that darkens lines and makes it easier to see various controls. It also reduces window transparency, so that instead of your wallpaper showing through an app like a frosted pane of glass, it will appear completely opaque.

People with sharp vision may find the increased contrast to be harsh, but if you are struggling to see definition on your screen you should give this a shot!

To enable on Mac go to the Apple menu > System Settings (or System Preferences) > Accessibility > Display. Turn on “Increase Contrast”. I advise against adjusting the “Display Contrast” slider on that page. Anything other than Normal (all the way to the left) will appear washed out.

To enable on iPhone or iPad go to the Settings app > Accessibility > Display & Text Size. Turn on “Increase Contrast”. On that same screen, you might also want to try enabling Bold Text.

A Mac screenshot showing regular contrast.
Mac with regular contrast
A Mac screenshot showing increased contrast.
Mac with “Increase Contrast” enabled
An iPad screenshot showing regular contrast.
iPad with regular contrast
An iPad Screenshot showing increased contrast
iPad with “Increase Contrast” enabled

Further Help

If you are an existing customer who needs help with this or if you have other questions, or if you are in San Francisco and interested in becoming a client I invite you to book an appointment with me. Otherwise, you may wish to contact Apple Support or find a local Apple consultant.

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