Your Android device allows you an impressive amount of customization, and I’m not just talking about ringtones and background images.
You can change the size of the font used in menus, web searches, and as you compose an email or a text. This is great if you regularly find your device’s text too small to read.
Changing the font size on your Android device should only take you a moment. Here’s how to do it.
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How to change the font size on an Android device
1. Open the Settings app and tap the “Accessibility” tab.
2. Tap “Font Size.” Depending on your device, this option may be hidden in a “Vision” menu.
3. You’ll be presented with a slider that lets you control the font size. Drag the slider as far to the right as you want — the farther right it goes, the larger your text will grow.
4. Tap “Done” to save your changes.
You can also change your device’s zoom level, which will make everything on the screen larger.
1. Open the Settings app again and tap “Accessibility.”
2. Tap “Display Size.”
3. You’ll be shown another slider. Slide it to the right to zoom in more, and make icons and text larger.
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Lately, I’ve started to notice more and more moments when I’m squinting at a screen and thinking, “The text here sure is tricky to read. Wonder when they made it so small?”
It’s not just the need for reading glasses that can make you wish the words on your display were a teensy bit bigger. Maybe you’re looking at a monitor from across the room during a presentation. Maybe you’ve misplaced your glasses or just realized you need a new prescription. Or maybe your eyes are just plain tired after a long night of binging your favorite show.
Whatever the cause, most modern computing platforms make it pretty easy to increase the size of text and decrease the amount of squinting required. Here’s how to make it happen.
Larger text with Android
To increase text size:
- Open up your system settings, and head into the “Accessibility” section
- Tap the “Font size” option, then move the slider at the bottom of the screen toward the right to make the text as large as you’d like
To make everything — including notifications, the clock, and icons on your home screen — larger:
- Go back to the “Accessibility” menu
- Tap on the “Display size” option (it’s available on phones running 2016’s Android 7.0 Nougat release and higher)
- Adjust your screen’s resolution to where you’re comfortable
The Chrome Android browser has its own separate setting for increasing text size across the web:
- Open Chrome, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner, and select “Settings”
- Tap “Accessibility,” then adjust the “Text scaling” slider until the text is comfortable for you to read
You can also activate a system-wide magnification feature that’ll let you zoom in on any area of your screen to make it meaningfully larger.
- Go back to the “Accessibility” section
- Tap on the “Magnification” option
- You will have the choice of either magnifying with a triple-tap or using an “Accessibility” button. Tap on the feature you’d like to activate, and turn it on.
- If you enable the “Accessibility” button, you’ll then see a small icon that looks like a person on the far right of your bottom icon bar. When you tap on that and then drag your finger around your screen, the contents will be considerably magnified.