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Accessibility Settings For Android Phones

Here are settings to enable for Android phones that are running KitKat or higher to help make the devices easier to use for people with blindness, low vision, vision impairment, or who simply want a phone with large text. Not all settings are available for all phones, and they may look a little different depending on the phone. All are found in the accessibility menu under system settings. This post was developed using a Motorola phone.

Magnification gesture

By triple tapping the screen, it can be magnified up to 10x. Users can navigate the screen by dragging two or more fingers across it, and zoom in more by pinching fingers, or zoom out by spreading them apart. You can also triple tap and hold with one finger to get a small magnification window to drag across the screen that will close when you move your finger. This works everywhere but the keyboard and navigation bar. I normally have this disabled as I found myself accidentally enabling it often, since I type very quickly on the screen.

Large text

Self explanatory. If you need it larger, download an app like Big Font that will increase the system font.   More on making Android accessible with third party apps here.

High contrast text

The system font when displayed is white with a black outline, to make it readable on any background. It’s the same principle applied to “meme text” which is common for funny pictures on the internet.

Power button exits call

Push the power button to hang up the phone. It’s easier than tapping on the screen to end a call.

Color inversion

Allow for a dark background with light text on all phone displays.  Just turn it off before viewing photos or the camera, unless you want to be mentally scarred.

Color correction

Correct the display for users who have deuteranomaly, protanomaly, or tritanomaly.

This may not seem like a lot of features, but the beauty of Android is that there are so many different apps to make the device however you want it to. For more on selecting an Android device, click here.
Low Vision Accessibility Settings For Android Phones




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