Do you know all the accessibility features of Android? Discover the hidden services
The accessibility tools of smartphones are not the most used in general. However, they can be very interesting for people with impaired hearing, vision or other senses.
Most (if not all) of today’s devices have accessibility options that make them easier for certain people to use. Among them are those that have the Android operating system. In this 20BITS article, we will show you what features smartphones have and how they can help.
Modify the text
Those users who have low vision, but can see, have a feature for Android that allows you to increase the font size. To do this, you just have to follow the following steps:
- Access the ‘Accessibility’ section located in the configuration or the additional settings of the mobile.
- Search for ‘Text and Display’ or a similar option.
- Click ‘Font Size’ or ‘Text Magnification’ to zoom the screen whenever you want.
You can also make all text bold to make the letters easier to read. This option is called ‘High Contrast Text’.
Let the mobile read for you
Android devices have a tool called ‘Replicate’ in the same Accessibility section that we talked about before. When activated, the smartphone will read aloud all the text that appears on the screen.
Another similar function is ‘Status Selection’. In this case, if enabled, the phone will read the texts that the user touches. This functionality may be more interesting for those who do not want absolutely everything that is displayed on the mobile to be read to them.
audio to text
Just as Android devices can read text aloud, they can also caption audio. This tool may have some bugs, but it usually does the transcription quite well.
By turning on this accessibility feature, users can choose the language, the font size of the subtitles, and even their color.
Accessibility for users with motor disabilities
Those with physical disabilities also have features that they can use on their Android smartphones. For example, they have an option to activate the ‘Accessibility through switches’ that allows users to navigate with their mobile using only facial gestures, such as raising the eyebrows.
Android devices have a guide where you can learn how to use this tool.
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