Optimize Accessibility Settings for a Custom Smartphone Experience

Smartphone manufacturers know that everyone has different needs. That’s why both Android and iPhone devices include convenient accessibility options which allow users to customize settings or use apps that improve their individual experience. To help you more fully enjoy your own phone, I’m providing a quick overview of some of the more useful accessibility options for Android smartphones; in an upcoming post, I’ll do the same for iPhone users.

Often times, small adjustments can make a big difference. For instance, you can make it easier to read phone numbers, text messages, map directions, Internet articles, and more. The process will be slightly different, depending on your phone; on most Android devices, go to the Settings menu; then System; then Accessibility. Next, tap Vision and scroll to “Screen zoom and font.” From here, you can adjust both of these items to make everything a size you’re more comfortable with.

For a truly streamlined experience, the Samsung devices carried by Consumer Cellular all come equipped with “Easy Mode”. Found in the Settings menu under Personal, this option allows you to unclutter your home screen and view bigger on-screen icons. It’s a great way to save time by keeping only those things most important on display, and by being able to access them quickly and easily.

There are other handy built-in features that improve your accessibility, as well. When composing a text message, tap the microphone button on the keyboard to use the voice-to-text option. This lets you dictate your message, totally hands-free—a wonderful option if you find it difficult to type using the often-small keyboard on your device. This same feature is available in other individual apps as well, like Chrome, Google Maps, and Contacts. Another added convenience is using your device’s camera as a magnifier—just take a photo of a small item, then zoom in to read fine print or detail.

Our smartphones perform so many vital functions nowadays, and it only takes a few minutes to fine-tune them to meet your personal needs. By getting familiar with all the great, built-in options for managing accessibility, you can create a truly personalized smartphone experience. And be sure to stay tuned for my upcoming look at accessibility features for iPhone users!

40 Thoughts on "Optimize Accessibility Settings for a Custom Smartphone Experience"

  1. Rose says

    I have apple phone ,computer and I pad will I be able to use this without changing all my passwords and information

    reply to Rose

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Rose! Switching to our service would not affect the passwords or other information directly on your device.

      reply to Nicole

  2. Vicki Hoffman says

    ALL SOUNDS GOOD – I HAVE AN IPhone I own. Can I bring it with me if I switch to Cellular? I use Sprint and it’s very pricey and I’m trying to cut expenses, but I don’t want to give up my wonderful phone!

    reply to Vicki

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate your interest, Vicki. If you want to bring over your own Apple iPhone to our service, it will need to be unlocked and able to use a SIM card. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee compatibility for all phone models, but we generally have good experiences with iPhones.

      reply to Nicole

  3. thomas farley says

    how can i receive a manual for my DORO 7050

    reply to thomas

  4. Carol says

    Why don’t you carry the Moto g series anymore? Particularly, because the Moto g7 and g6 got such great reviews. Samsung is above many people’s financial ability.

    reply to Carol

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Carol. The Motorola Moto G line of phones are just not something that we’re offering at this time. However, we appreciate your feedback and I’ve passed it along to our team.

      reply to Nicole

  5. DeVeria D Stokes says

    I like your Doro and want to switch to Consumer C but my flip phone announces to me aloud who is calling if they are on my contact list. Can u make your Doro do that?

    reply to DeVeria

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate the interest, DeVeria. The Doro 7050 will visually display who is calling you from your contacts but is not able to verbally announce it.

      reply to Nicole

  6. stephen sylvia sr says

    MY bill is 95.00 for a single person….that is crazy!!

    reply to stephen

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Stephen. If that’s your bill for service with us, please give us a call at 888-345-5510 or chat with us here and we’ll be happy to review your billing. Otherwise, if you have a different service we may be able to lower your bill if you switch to us.

      reply to Nicole

  7. mary says

    I dropped my consumer cellular phone and the face broke. Are there any discounts or free upgrades for this phone? It is I phone 5.

    reply to mary

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone, Mary! You can give us a call at 888-345-5510 and we would be happy to review your options.

      reply to Nicole

  8. Sherri Knight says

    I’m a iPhone user can I hook to WiFi for

    reply to Sherri

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Sherri, you can connect to Wi-Fi on your iPhone by going to Settings > Wi-Fi. If you need any assistance at all, please call us at 888-345-5510 or chat here.

      reply to Nicole

  9. Nancy Regla says

    Jus put in my SIM card over an hour ago when wild it activate it says Network locked

    reply to Nancy

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Nancy, if your phone says “Network Locked”, then that means that the phone is locked to your provider and you will need to contact them to have it unlocked.

      reply to Nicole

  10. Martha M Dullaghan says

    I am a very happy CC user! I told my daughter about your service and she would like to switch but she has a contract with another carrier. Do you buy out contracts and add to bill by any chance? She did that to be able to buy new phones for herself and a son.

    reply to Martha

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate the interest, Martha. We don’t buy out contracts from other providers, but we have had customers in the past switch to our service and break the contracts as the savings outweighed the early termination fees incurred. This may be something she can look into; she would also want to see how that may affect having her phone unlocked if she wants to use it on our service.

      reply to Nicole

  11. Bob says

    Is CC doing anything to block ROBO calls ?

    reply to Bob

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Bob, while we do not have an option available in our system to block calls, you can download a call blocking app from the Google Play Store on your phone.

      reply to Nicole

  12. RJ Wachal says

    I have an issue with a new phone I just purchased from CC. I am a secondary user to my wife’s account. How do I connect with a live person without the usual questions.
    Trust you can assist

    reply to RJ

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, RJ. When calling or chatting with our customer service team, our agents are required to verify who they are speaking with, whether is the account holder, secondary user, or an unauthorized person. Our customer service team can be reaching by calling 888-345-5510 or via chat here.

      reply to Nicole

  13. Leonard Bletcher says

    My Samsung J7 prime 2 charging system quit. I bought this J7 from CC, compared to the prime it’s junk. It’s really slow, it won’t connect to some apps, and won’t connect to most of my bluetooth items. It’s really overpriced for for the low quality. Really unhappy

    reply to Leonard

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Leonard. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the Samsung Galaxy J7 that you purchased from us. All of our phones come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, so I recommend giving us a call at 888-548-6490 or starting a live chat with us here for assistance.

      reply to Nicole

  14. POLLY says

    I am having a hard time hearing the ringer on my Samsung J 3. The volume controls are up to max to no avail. Is there a safe app I could download to increase the volumn?

    reply to POLLY

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Polly. We aren’t aware of any apps that would be able to increase the volume. However, if you’re having some trouble with hearing the ringtone, please give us a call at 888-345-5510 or chat with us here and we’ll be happy to help.

      reply to Nicole

  15. Dottie Smith says

    If I purchase a new I phone from CC, can I turn my current I phone which I purchased from CC in for credit of any kind?

    reply to Dottie

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Dottie! We don’t have a trade-in program available to send your old iPhone back to us, but you can hold onto it as a back-up phone.

      reply to Nicole

  16. Nancy Dempster says

    I would like to keep my android smart phone, and purchase a separate simple consumer cell to use as a house phone. I don’t need any features other than talkin.

    reply to Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, you can definitely do that with our service! We have a couple of flip phones listed on our website if that is the kind of simple that you are looking for. You can find them here. We also offer a couple of different talk plans depending on what you need. There is our 250 minute plan which is $15 a month plus tax, or our unlimited talk plan which is $20 a month plus tax. If you have any other questions about our service, feel free to give us a call at 888-548-6490.

      reply to Jacob

  17. Val says

    My alcatel cc phone died, so I bought a Samsung 10A. Everything works except when I’m out driving it keeps saying im off line. I can’t seem to figure this out and I need the GPS to work and get messages on the road for my work. Any clues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Val.

    reply to Val

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Val, it sounds like some settings may need to be adjusted in your phone. Please give our customer service team a call at 888-345-5509 or chat here.

      reply to Nicole

  18. Jackie garde says

    Suddenly my phone is optimizing. Don’t know what I did. Don’t need this especially if I’m being charged. If thereceived is a charge please cancel. Thanks.

    reply to Jackie

  19. Wendy says

    I was told that I could add a secondary user to my account so he could access it (have already added a line) but cannot find where to add the secondary user. Help!

    reply to Wendy

  20. Emily says

    How do you use Instagram with a consumer cellular phone? I want to set my Instagram privacy to private.

    I went to settings, but it looks different from an iPhone.

    reply to Emily

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Emily, there’s no difference in how you would use the Instagram app between providers. I recommend referring to Instagram’s help section for steps to set your account to private.

      reply to Nicole

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