Your phone, your friend
Smartphones have taken over the world, right? It seems like everyone now has an app, a website, or a text messaging system to get things done.
We all try to keep with the pace of technology, but it can be… a lot! So, how do we keep up when devices are smaller, faster, and more complex? There is a way: adjust the settings. Let’s find out how.
Newer phones have a menu called “Accessibility.” On Android phones, you can find this menu in Settings > Accessibility. These settings let you set up your phone so it works better for you.
We know the Accessibility menu might be overwhelming. So we’ll go over some of the basics you might want to know below.
Display and text size
In Settings > Accessibility > Display, there are different options you can use to make things larger and clearer on your screen.
In Text and display, you can find:
- Font size: This option allows you to make the text on your phone screen larger or smaller.
- Display size: The items on your screen, like app symbols, will show up smaller or larger.
There are also options to change the screen colors. This is useful if you have trouble telling some colors apart.
Other features in “Display” include using your fingers to increase the size of the screen (Magnification), and Dark theme, which uses a black background to help use less battery power.
Audio and On-screen text
In Settings > Accessibility > Captions and Audio, you can adjust the sound and text for audios and videos.
Vida offers closed captions. That means you can read the words being said in the video as you watch it. To turn captions on or off in the Vida app, click on a video. In the bottom right corner, click the text bubble icon, and select English, Spanish, or None. You can also find step-by-step instructions in this article: How to use the Subtitle button.
If you find the size of the captions too small, you can set them to be larger. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Captions (in newer phones, you’ll have to also click on Caption preferences). Click on Caption size and style, and choose how you like to see the captions.
Your phone, your way!
The Accessibility menu on your Android phone will evolve over time, so make sure to check it out every now and then. As features change, you might find that you can adjust settings to better fit how you like to take in information.