iOS 7: Easier to Read Settings Switches

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The slider toggle switches in iOS 7's settings don't include any words to indicate whether or not something is active -- like On or Off -- but they do turn green to show they're active. That's nice, but not all apps offer the green visual cue, and some people may have trouble with colors, too. That's an easy fix because Apple includes a setting that helps make it much easier to tell the difference between the On and Off state.

Here's how to enable On/Off Labels for app settings:

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Accessibility
  • Activate On/Off Labels

Without labels (right) iOS 7 you're missing out on a visual cue to tell when something is active (right)Without labels (right) iOS 7 you're missing out on a visual cue to tell when something is active (right)

With On/Off Labels active you'll see a circle in settings toggles when they're off, and a vertical line when they're on. The extra visual cue is really handy in apps that use Apple's built-in toggles for their own settings, but use different colors -- or even none at all -- to show when a setting is enabled.

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Comments

iJack

Jeff ~ Re-read the caption. You have “(right)” in there twice. Presumably the first one should be “(left).” Feel free to delete this comment, when you’ve fixed it.

Lee Dronick

How about a notice “Slide button to right to turn on” or words to that effect.

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