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How to control your iPhone with head movements

IPhones are small devices with the look and feel you feel and yes behave like a brilliant piece of technology. The streamlined and consistent user interface and the UX generally good, and sometimes annoying (unbundled notifications, I'm looking at you!). Overall, however, iPhones offer some really good features (like Live Photos) and usually implement them much better than the competition. I'm sure you know many features of the iPhone, but you may not know it: hidden in the Settings app an accessibility feature that lets you control your iPhone with head movements. Yes, you heard right!

Once you've overcome the problem of how you'll look – shaking your head left and right – the function looks like something that could be a point of discussion among your colleagues. Obviously, the function intended as an accessibility feature, but it doesn't mean that you can't use it to show off and look like you're fit for a Star Trek movie. Interested? Here's how to enable this feature, set things up and start checking iPhones with head movements:

Control your iPhone with head movements

First things first: don't blame me if you look foolish in public, or if your date goes away because you've kept shaking your head all through dinner.

Now that we've got it out of the way, let's focus on the task at hand. The steps to follow, in order to enable head gestures for your iPhone, are described below:

1. Open " Settings " and go to " General "->" Accessibility ".

2. Scroll down to the subtitle " Interaction ", touch " Switch Control " and go to "Switches".

3. Now, touch "Add new switch" -> "Camera".

4. Select "Head movement left" and choose "Change Action" you want to assign to it.

  • I chose "Notification Center", but you can choose any function you want to assign to it.

9. Now select "Right Head Movement" and choose any "Switch Action" you want to assign to it.

  • I chose "Siri", but again, you can choose anything you want your iPhone to do when you move your head to the right.

10. This all for the setup, now back to the main screen "Switch Control" . It can be found in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Control switches

11. At the top of the screen, enable "Switch Control"

12. Move the head to the left and the phone will perform the function assigned to "Head movement left" ; in my case, opened the "Notification Center", move your head to the right and the phone will perform the function assigned to "Head movement right" ; in my case, it launched "Siri" .

Head gestures are now enabled on your iPhone.

Note: you can set the movements of the head movement in actions such as "Tap" to fully use the phone with head gestures. However, this is very slow and not at all funny.

Improves sensitivity for easier control

Now that you have correctly configured the control of the gestures on your iPhone, now to adapt it to your preferences. You may have noticed that you need to move your head (left or right) very clearly so that your iPhone can activate the switching action. Fortunately, the sensitivity to movement can be changed, even if at a very low level of control. If the feature works correctly by default; great! Otherwise, follow the instructions below to increase the sensitivity of your iPhone.

1. Open " Settings " and go to " General "->" Accessibility "

2. Scroll down to the subtitle " Interaction" and touches " Switches control "->" Stabilization switches "

3. There are a couple of options you can change based on your preferences.

  • Sensitivity of head movement

4. Allows you to adjust the first "Head movement sensitivity" . Touch the option "Sensitivity of head movement"

  • Change the sensitivity from "Bass" to "Tall"

5. Go up "Back" and touches "Hold Duration" . Turn it on and leave it at the default value of 0.10 seconds

Try the "Checking the switches", and should work with smaller head movements to activate the corresponding actions.

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It all impresses

This functionality may seem deceptive but has great potential. Even with just two head movements, being able to launch apps or control the phone with gestures like these can be an advantage in many situations where you can't physically access the screen. It can also be a point of discussion during a party.

There is still a lot to explore and modify in the Accessibility section of the iPhone. Try this, change the duration of the suspension to different values ??to find the best solution, play with the other features available in "Accessibility" and let us know about your experience in the comments below.