Accessibility for All: Tips & Tricks for a Better Cell Phone Experience

While specifics may differ by cell phone, accessibility settings can help you create a better cell phone experience. Simple things – like increasing your font size, softening your backlight, or tweaking your screen’s touch sensitivity – will customize your phone and help resolve small frustrations. Everyone has different needs. Here are a few of our favorite tricks!

Increase Your Font 

Small fonts can be challenging. Instead of straining to read the fine print, try changing your phone’s default font to a larger size. Increasing font size leads to less eye strain and a better overall reading experience. Plus, changing your default setting ensures you don’t need to fiddle with your phone every time a new article pops up. Another quick tip? Snap a photo of a hard to read document and use your phone as a magnifying glass!

Tweak Your Screen Sensitivity

Whether you’ve had your screen replaced, you need an adjustment to accommodate touch, or your phone is just not as responsive as it used to be, increasing your screen’s sensitivity is an easy first step. Test different sensitivity levels to find which setting you prefer for increased responsiveness. For Samsung users, the “Universal Switch” allows you to control your phone with custom switches and the “Assistant” menu allows you to utilize functions for assisted dexterity. For Motorola users – read more about how to change the Touch Delay feature.

Change Your Display 

While increasing your font size makes your text documents larger, increasing your display size makes everything larger. Display settings change the overall scale of your phone. Similar to adjusting the resolution on your computer screen, altering this accessibility setting will magnify the size of what you see on your screen. 

Protect Your Eyes

Frequent phone use and screen time can cause eye strain, and can even impact the quality of your sleep. Changing your phone’s backlight settings softens the day-to-day impact on your eyes and reduces eye fatigue. Additional steps can be found in your accessibility settings for Dark Mode. Dark Mode inverts the colors of your screen, changing the background from white to black. This color shift makes certain texts easier to read in brighter lights. For Android users, simply select the “Invert Colors” in your phone’s display settings. For Samsung users, this setting is labeled “Negative Colors.” Motorola user? Deselect “Automatic Brightness” to set a new screen level. 

Customize Your Captions

Apps are another way to contribute to your phone’s accessibility functions. Google’s Live Transcribe captions conversations in live time. Whether you’re having a chat in a room with lots of ambient noise, or listening to a presentation you can’t quite hear, apps like these provide helpful closed captioning in noisy environments. 

Additional questions on accessibility features and How To’s? Check out our help list here!

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