I’m happy to say that the smartphone experience for more mature users, like me, keeps getting better. With every new release, manufacturers offer more customizable options that help make navigating our phones a bit more convenient.
In my next pair of blog posts, I’ll offer a look at a few simple steps you can take to accomplish this, first for Android smartphones and then for iPhone models. For anyone with vision or hearing challenges, or for those who just prefer a simplified user experience, these small adjustments can make a big difference.
One of the handiest adjustments you can make on an Android smartphone is to change the font size. Choosing a larger font makes it so much easier to read phone numbers, text messages, map directions, website articles, and more. The process can be slightly different, depending on your phone, but on most, go to “Settings”; then “Accessibility”. Next, tap “Vision” and scroll to “Screen zoom and font”, or look for the specific font and display size options. Here, you can adjust both of these items to make everything appear the size you’re comfortable with. You can even choose a jazzy new font type if you wish, or increase the size of your text message bubbles and their content.
If you need help reading content on your mobile device, or prefer to multi-task while catching up on an interesting article or email, scroll further down the “Accessibility” menu and explore the “Text-to-speech” option. It powers applications to read aloud the text that is appearing on your screen. You can select the language, speed (speech rate), and service. Depending on your setup, this will be a choice of Google (the most common choice), your cellphone manufacturer, or a third party app you’ve downloaded.
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 simplify your home screen and see 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.
Imagine not having to squint at your screen to find that restaurant address—or fumble to locate your camera for that important picture! It only takes a few minutes to change your settings. Save time, and hassles, by fine-tuning your Android smartphone to meet your personal needs.