Screen distance in iOS 17: Never hold your iPhone too close again

With iOS 17, a new feature comes to your iPhone, so you never hold the phone too close again. This is how screen spacing works in iOS 17.

Screen spacing in iOS 17

Apple has now officially unveiled iOS 17 and a number of useful functions are coming to your iPhone. For example, the completely new Standby mode is introduced and the Journal app comes to your phone. Apps such as Phone, FaceTime and Messages are also being overhauled in iOS 17. In addition, Apple has launched new health functions in the iOS version.

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One of those features is Screen Distance. With the feature you get a warning if you hold the iPhone too close to your eyes. As soon as the distance between your eyes and the iPhone is sufficient again, the message will disappear. In this way, Apple tries to prevent anomalies in the eyes of iPhone users. We explain how Screen Distance works in iOS 17.

iOS 17 screen spacing

This is how you set Screen distance

When you have installed iOS 17, Screen Spacing is not automatically enabled on your iPhone. You have to go to the settings of the device yourself. How to turn on screen distance:

  1. Open ‘Settings’ on your iPhone;

  2. Go to ‘Screen Time’;

  3. Choose ‘Screen distance’;

  4. Then turn on the switch behind ‘Screen distance’.

With Screen Distance in iOS 17, you will then receive a notification every time you hold the iPhone too close. This function only works with iPhones that have Face ID, because the same sensor is used to determine the distance between your face and the iPhone. So that means Screen Gap is coming to the iPhone XR and older, with the exception of the iPhone SE (2022).

screen distance

Want to know more about iOS 17?

Screen distance can be an irritating feature at first, but it will make you a lot more aware of the times when you hold the iPhone too close. This way you will eventually get tired eyes less quickly and there is less risk of nearsightedness. Therefore, it is recommended to enable the function, also for adults.

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