Due to the lack of physical buttons on the iPhone, the device and its operating system need to rely on on-screen buttons to help you navigate your various apps and menus. Sometimes these buttons are easy to find or distinguish, but there are other times where it may not be so obvious that there is something you can press to navigate to a different screen or menu.
One way to make these buttons a little more distinct is to enable a “Button Shapes” option within the Settings menu. Our tutorial below will help you find this setting so that you can enable it and see if that makes it a little easier for you to tell what is and is not a button on your iPhone 7.
How to Change the Button Shape Setting on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.3. Completing these steps is going to change the way that certain buttons are displayed on your device. This is most noticeable when you are navigating through the Settings menu. When you complete step 4 in the guide below, be sure to notice the General button at the top-left of the screen. There is a blue arrow to the left of the word “General” before you enable button shapes, and there is gray outlined button around the entire word after enabling button shapes.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Accessibility button.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Button Shapes to enable the setting. The effect is applied immediately.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.