iPhone Update: iOS 16.2 To Feature ‘Custom Accessibility Mode’ With Streamlined Experience

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Author: Shiloh Kelly

iPhones are not like Android smartphones, which are relatively simple to use and understand. As a result, new iPhone users have struggled to understand the phone’s interface for a long time.

However, Apple has announced a new feature that will be available alongside the iOS 16.2 update that will make navigating the iPhone device much more straightforward.

Apple says it will release “Custom Accessibility Mode,” which will provide iPhone and iPad users with a more streamlined experience. This new feature will make the iPhone more user-friendly for inexperienced and disabled users.

This article will explain what Custom Accessibility Mode is, why Apple is introducing it, and provide more information about the iOS 16.2 update.


What Is Apple’s Custom Accessibility Mode All About?

Apple’s Springboard will be replaced by a more simplified interface known as the Custom Accessibility Mode. As an accessibility alternative, the new feature will be unavailable to users who have not yet updated their device to the most recent iOS 16.2.

This feature will give users who might have found the iPhone a little challenging to use access to a more user-friendly interface. Custom Accessibility Mode is a configurable simplified way to use your iPhone, according to Apple.

This new feature will work in the same way as the iPhone’s present Guided Access Mode, which allows users to restrict access to a single app. The Custom Accessibility Mode, on the other hand, allows users to navigate through their devices with some limitations.

When you enable Custom Accessibility Mode, you can, for example, replace your home screen with larger icons, configure things like larger text, allow simple controls in applications, and control access to hardware buttons such as volume, among other things.

How does it work?

With a triple-click on the side or home button, you can adjust the Custom Accessibility Mode settings. You can also set a password to prevent others from changing your settings.


When you enable the mode, the app’s interface becomes simplified, with larger elements on the screen. You can also use a list view similar to WatchOS to replace the home screen icon grid.

Users with low vision will appreciate this feature because it allows them to enable large home screen icons and replace the Springboard with a Hold Down to enter a message.

Other options, such as dark mode, assistive customizations, and text size, are available in the Custom Accessibility Mode. You can activate this mode by doing the following:

  • Navigate to ‘Settings.’
  • Select ‘Accessibility.’
  • Accessibility shortcuts should include Custom Accessibility Mode.

When will the Custom Accessibility Mode be available?

Although Apple has been working on releasing Custom Accessibility Mode alongside the iOS 16.2 update, it is unclear whether the company will finalize this feature before the new iOS update or with a future iOS upgrade.


What Other Features Will Apple Introduce with iOS 16.2?

Aside from the Custom Accessibility Mode, Apple’s latest iOS update will also include some new features.

For instance, users can add a new Sleep Widget to their lock screens with iOS 16.2, and Apple claims that a new Medication Widget is on the way.

Another intriguing update allows iPhone users to notify Apple when their Emergency SOS is accidentally activated. Apple will also make changes to the weather app, the Home app, and many other apps.

Ready to Update Your iOS?

Apple has announced the development of a new feature called Custom Accessibility Mode, which will enable inexperienced and disabled iPhone users to navigate their devices easily. According to reports, the new feature will be available alongside the latest iOS 16.2 upgrades. However, it’s unclear whether the company will be ready to launch the feature when the new iOS is released in December. The Custom Accessibility Mode is an intriguing feature, and we’ll keep you posted on its availability.


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