Opinion: Accessibility options can make it easier to read your phone


Android OS includes a separate Accessibility system setting with options to magnify the entire screen. — TNS

When I was home visiting my mum over the holidays, I took the time to upgrade the operating system on her iPhone.

After upgrading from iOS 15 to iOS 16, she noticed the default text size had reverted back to a smaller size. Mum, like a lot of people, likes the text to be a bit larger to make things easier to read.

She didn’t remember how to increase the text size, so I showed her how.

Since this setting is rarely changed, I thought this would be a good opportunity for a reminder.

The text size displayed in your phone’s apps is controlled by the display system settings.

On an iPhone, open your phone’s settings, then scroll down to "Display & Brightness."

In the middle of the Display preference window, you’ll see the options for "Text Size" and a button to turn on "Bold Text."

Open the Text Size preference and you’ll see a slider that will change the size of text in apps that support Dynamic Type, which most system settings and apps from Apple and some other developers use.

Changing the setting here will change the size of text all over your phone, but be aware, some apps may not display text as you’d expect.

After changing the text size on my iPhone, apps like Mail and Messages showed the larger text, but WeatherBug and Amazon did not.

If you need the text to be even larger, there is another Text Size option inside the iOS Accessibility system preference called "Larger Text" that allows you to see very large text.

The Accessibility settings also have an option to zoom in the entire screen, which can help with some apps that don’t allow for dynamic text sizing.

When the screen is zoomed in, you can scroll around the screen using three fingers.

Android users will also find their Font Size controls in the Display system settings.

Android OS also includes a separate Accessibility system setting with options to magnify the entire screen.

Accessibility options in both phone operating systems allow for display changes including inverting colours, increasing contrast and using colour filters.

If you have trouble seeing or reading your phone’s screen, you should take a look at the accessibility options in your phone’s system settings. – Tribune News Service

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