Personalize Your Smartphone with Accessibility Features, Part 2

Last week, I took a brief look at several of the helpful Accessibility features on Android smartphones, which let you customize settings to better suit your needs. Many of these same features are also found on your iPhone, but in a slightly different place. If you need a little extra help due to vision or hearing issues, these will help you get the most out of your phone. Here’s an overview of how to locate and use them.

You’ll find several key features in your Settings App, by selecting General, then Accessibility. The first option you may want to look at is Larger Text, which allows you to increase the general font size and make things easier to read. You can also tap Larger Dynamic Type, which will increase the text size across many different apps, and even make it bolder to be more legible.

You also have the ability to use your iPhone like a magnifying glass for menus, maps, brochures and more. Tap Magnifier, and then slide the switch to the “On” position. When you need to use it, triple press the home button, then slide the button on the screen from left to right to increase magnification. You can even use the flash from your camera to light up whatever you’re looking at by tapping the lightning bolt icon on the screen.

Scroll down to find VoiceOver. It’s a handy screen reader, and will say aloud any content on the screen when you touch it with your finger. I use VoiceOver to have my iPhone read to me when I’m in the car or making dinner, but want to catch up on email or hear what folks are doing on Twitter. To enable it, tap VoiceOver, and slide the switch to the On position. Then just tap anywhere on your screen and your iPhone will speak aloud the item you’ve tapped.

If you’d like things like text message bubbles and icons to be larger, go to Settings, and tap Display & Brightness, then View. You can choose between Standard view, and Zoomed. Swipe across the screen to see how much larger the icons and other features will look. Once you’ve found the size you like best, tap Set.

In this series, I’ve highlighted just a handful of what I consider the most important ways you can personalize your device. There are many other options available. Don’t be shy about exploring the Accessibility options on your Android smartphone or iPhone. They can really transform your user experience into something special!

8 Thoughts on "Personalize Your Smartphone with Accessibility Features, Part 2"

  1. Linda Alcathie says

    My phone is NOT working. Says emergency calls only. Left message and received a reply that you will call within 5 business days PLEASE READ THIS. MY BILL IS CURRENT. PLEASE FIX MY PHONE.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that, Linda! I reviewed your account, and I see that we were able to help you troubleshoot this issue. If we can assist you further or answer any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  2. Steve and Betty Grubb says

    I love Consumer Cellular. They have been so helpful at all times. My husband and I were so afraid to upgrade. We were afraid we would not be able to work the Android phones. Our children wanted us to get them. We got the Alcatel Pop 3 and we love it. There are so many videos that will help you with anything you need to know. We just couldn’t go wrong. We are 70 and 71. It was a big change for us but so glad we did it. Thanks Consumer Cellular for everything. My husband has even learned to text with the microphones. He never did text with the flip phones I always had to do it for him. Thanks again.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are glad to hear that the Alcatel Pop 3 has been a great fit, and that you’re exploring all the benefits a smartphone has to offer. We’re always here to help if you have any questions, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509 if you need anything. We appreciate you posting, and hope you have a lovely day!

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  3. Polly says

    I got the Alcatel phone and when I get a text from my friend , I can’t hear the notification sound. How can I fix it, to hear when I get an answer from her?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We can help you with that, Polly. I reviewed your account, and I see that you’re using the Alcatel Kora. You can adjust your notification settings by opening your Settings app, then going to Sound. From there, you can adjust the sounds for the ringtone, notifications and other alerts. You may also want to make sure your phone is not in silent mode by pressing the top of the volume key on the side of your device. If you run into any issues, we can help you over the phone at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

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  4. Renate Crowell says

    Is there a way to block callers with no identification??

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    • Thank you for your question, Renate! On most smartphones, including an iPhone, you can block specific numbers. Unfortunately, if the caller ID is blocked by the caller you won’t be able to block the call. You could try checking out the App Store for a third party caller ID app that can help reduce or prevent unwanted calls.

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