How to Enable Button Shapes on an iPhone 6

Versions of iOS before iOS 7 used to have buttons that were styled to look like more traditional buttons. However, the design change in iOS 7 removed this style as the default setting for buttons in the operating system, which led many users to have difficulty determining if something was a button that they could interact with, or if it was simply text.

You are not stuck with this design, however, and you can change a setting on your iPhone which will make button shapes more discernible. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can enable it and add a gray button shape outline around the buttons in iOS.

 

Adding Shape Outlines to Buttons in iOS 8

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. However, these steps will also work for any device that is using a version of iOS higher than 7.0. If you are unsure about which version of the iOS operating system is currently installed on your iPhone, then you can read this article and learn how to find that information.

 

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

 

 

Step 2: Select the General option.

select the general menu

 

 

Step 3: Tap the Accessibility button.

open accessibility menu

 

 

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Button Shapes. You should now see a gray arrow around the General button at the top-left corner of the screen.

turn on button shapes

 

 

For the sake of comparison, the image below shows the screen in Step 4 without the button shapes turned on, as well as with button shapes turned on.

button shapes comparison

 

 

There are many adjustments that you can make on your iPhone which will help to improve your battery life. One of these options is found on the Accessibility menu. Click here to find out which option it is so that you can turn it off and save a little extra battery life.

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