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With the release of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Apple has introduced a new feature called “Screen Distance” that aims to promote eye health by reducing the risk of myopia, particularly in children. This feature notifies users when they hold their iPhone or iPad too close to their eyes for an extended period, encouraging them to maintain a safe distance between their device and their eyes.
In this article, we will guide you on how to set up the Screen Distance warning feature and discuss its benefits.
Compatibility and Setup
Before setting up the Screen Distance warning, ensure your device is compatible. This feature works with iPhone XS and newer models, as well as 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models released in 2018 and beyond. Follow the steps below to enable the feature:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time.“
- In the Screen Time settings, locate and tap “Screen Distance.“
- In the following menu, toggle the switch to turn the feature on or off.
Using the Screen Distance Warning
Once the Screen Distance feature is activated, your device’s TrueDepth camera, responsible for Face ID, will measure the distance between the screen and your eyes. If you hold your device closer than 30 centimeters to your eyes for an extended period, a full-screen notification will appear, prompting you to move the device further away.
Removing Screen Distance Warnings
To dismiss the notifications, adjust your device to a safe distance. A checkmark will appear on the screen once you have reached the optimal distance. You can tap the “Continue” button to resume using your device.
Availability and Conclusion
It is important to note that iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are currently in beta and accessible only to users with an Apple developer account. However, once the official versions are released later this year, the Screen Distance feature will be available to all users. This feature is a valuable tool to reduce eye strain and mitigate the risk of myopia, particularly among children. By promoting awareness of screen distance, Apple aims to prioritize the long-term eye health of its users.
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