Let’s face it: no matter how good the screens on our phones and tablets are, the text can sometimes be too small if you have poor eyesight. The good news is that there are a variety of methods to help you in Change the size of text in Android alleviate squinting just to make the text (or something else) more readable.
Depending on the version of Android you use (and what type of phone), you may be able to change the size of the text or even enlarge the entire screen. We’re going to talk about all of these options here, as well as a few other things you can do to make your phone easier to see.
Let’s start with the simplest solutions first.
How to Change Change size of text in Android
Changing the font couldn’t be easier on most Android phones. I’m using a Pixel XL running Android 7.1.1 Nougat here, but the process should be the same for all devices. Things may look a little different depending on your Android manufacturer and your phone, but if not, they should be similar. For example, Android 7.x includes a preview of what the text will look like, where older versions of the OS will simply display choices without preview.
However, you should be able to follow fairly easily.
First, head to the Settings menu. You can do this by pulling the notification shade down (twice on some devices) and then selecting the gear icon.
From there, scroll down to the “View” entry and tap on it. In this menu, look for the option “Font size”
The screenshot on the left shows what it looks like on 7.x, where the right is Android 6.x. The same options are available, just with and without the preview.
Again, it should be noted that this may seem even more different depending on your device. To be complete, here is an overview of this menu on Samsung (left) and LG (right) devices.
Once you have chosen your font, simply come back from this menu and the changes will remain.
How to change the size of icons in Android Nougat
With Android Nougat, Google has incorporated a new feature: the ability to not only change the font size, but also other display elements. > Basically, this means that everything from the navigation bar to icons and application menus can be enlarged or reduced – consider changing the zoom level in Microsoft Windows. For those who want to see more information on the screen, everything can be reduced. For those who may have limited vision, each item can be enlarged, the most important setting offering a dramatic change from the size of the stock.
To access this new feature, the first thing to do is from the Android settings menu. Pull down the notification shade, then tap the tooth icon in the upper right corner.
From there, scroll down and find the “View” section. Touch it.
After typing it, there may be a slight delay while the phone is charging the Display Size menu, which is broken down into two parts: the preview window and the Display Size slider. The viewing pane has three different views: a text message, application icons, and a settings menu. These are all dummy windows, of course, and are just there so you can get a better idea of what the items on the screen will look like once the change is activated. Browse these previews to browse them.
You can adjust the size of the display using the plus and minus buttons on each side of the slider. There is only one option smaller than the default, but three options larger. Mess with them all, see which one suits you best. Changes happen in real-time, so you will know immediately what it will look like.
Once you’ve chosen a size, just hit the back button in the upper left corner. The new sizing will take effect immediately without the need for a restart, and you’re done. If you want to restore it, just go back to the Display Size menu and touch up.
If you don’t want to change the general look of fonts and other junk, there is another option: the Android magnifying glass. This basically allows you to zoom almost anywhere in the operating system, except for the notification shade and the keyboard.
First, go to Settings and select “Accessibility”. Scroll down to the System section, then tap on “Magnification Gesture.”
This allows you to tap the screen three times and then pan with two or more fingers. If you want, you can even zoom anywhere.
Here’s what part of the zoomed screen looks like. The orange border indicates that the device is in zoom mode.
To exit, you must triple again. It may take a little practice to understand. Just remember that this is a triple-tap in quick succession. If you press pause twice then press it again or if you spread your taps too far, it will not work.
Bonus features: large print and high contrast text
On devices running Android 6.x or Older, there is also a feature called “Large Text”. It is in addition to the font size options we discussed above. It’s sort of a redundant feature, which probably explains why it was removed in Nougat.
Activating large text will enlarge almost all the text on the device (home screens, menus, applications) and will not create.
The last feature worth mentioning is called “High Contrast Text”. Currently, this option is labeled “experimental”, so although it does not make your system unstable or unusable, you can experiment with inconsistent results.
The high-contrast text makes things a little darker for us men on the keyboard, and in some other situations, like when you use a colored background in Google Keep, for example.
On the left we see what things look like with normal contrast, and on the right activated. This is an obvious difference and it makes things easier to read in general, although it varies from person to person.
In the Accessibility settings, you can play with other options, like inverting the screen or using TalkBack. oral feedback). However, these features that we mentioned – magnification and enlarged text, as well as the experimental High Contrast option – are really the least intrusive ways to maintain a clean Android experience.