There’s not much you can customize on your iPhone’s status bar, other than showing or hiding the battery percentage icon. You can’t choose different icons or choose a vibrant color, but there is a secret trick that allows you to make all text bold.
If you go to Settings -> Display & Brightness, you’ll see an option to “Bold Text”, but this is a system-wide setting, so most of the text you’ll see on your iPhone would become bold when turned on. . That’s not ideal if you just want to make the text in your status bar bold.
Instead, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Per-app Settings, and click “Add App”.
Search for and select “Home Screen”, then open the Home Screen settings.
Next, find the “Bold Text” option. Tap that, then select “On.” Unlike the Gradient Text option mentioned above, this one only applies to the Home Screen, not the entire system. For some reason, the status bar is tied to the Home Screen settings, so when you make the Home screen bold, you also bold text in the status bar.
On the Home Screen, you’ll notice a big difference between the non-bold and bold text in the status bar.
Text in the status bar will also appear bold everywhere else, like in other apps when it’s visible and on the Lock Screen, Notification Center, Control Center, App Library, and Spotlight Search. The time and wireless carrier are the main things bold. Status bar icons will not appear differently unless they have text in them, such as when using the battery percentage in the battery icon.
Using bold text for your status bar also affects other things on your iPhone, so don’t be surprised if words and numbers aren’t as thin for other UI elements.
The text on your Home Screen will become bold, including all names of apps, folders and widgets, along with text in some app icons (such as Calendar). Text for quick actions will also change. The text in widgets can also change depending on the widget. For example, percentages in the Battery widget will appear bold, while text in the Music and News widgets will not. You can hide app and folder names to avoid bold text for those if it bothers you.
While text in Spotlight Search will not be affected, it will appear in bold for notifications on your Lock Screen and Notification Center, for some widgets in your Today View, and in the App Library.
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