Five Best Android Accessibility Options and How To Use Them

Your Android phones, with all their easy-to-use interface and multimedia options, have made it possible to accommodate a number of disabilities that users may have with a host of accessibility options. These features, available on a host of phones, have helped people who have all kinds of sensory processing disabilities – hearing, vision etc. While some features may be unique to the phone you are using, features like TalkBack, font size, captions and “touch and hold” delay time settings, but there are a lot of hidden and unknown features that may add much value to your Android experience. We give you here a list of five accessibility settings that you might be able to make good use of.

  1. Magnification Gestures

    – The zooming in and out by pinching in and out has been quite useful, both in Android phones, as well others in certain apps like Google Maps. However, this gesture can not be done throughout the system, which may be problematic for people with visual impairment. If you enable the magnification option, you can do this though by triple tapping on the screen to zoom in and zoom out. You can also triple tap and hold to temporarily magnify the screen, with the release returning it to normal.

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  2. Text-to-Speech

    – When you enable this engine enabled, you need to have the appropriate language pack that you want downloaded. Again for people with visual impairment, there is no reason that this useful feature can not be used if you are tired of reading text and want it dictated to you, say when your hands are tied up or you have a bad headache. The text-to-speech can be done by accessing the menu option of the article.

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  3. Adjustment/Invert colors

    –  For the Samsung users, the dark background may be irksome and the invert colors feature helps you get rid of that. All you have to do is go to the accessibility settings in the settings, and check the box to Negative Colors. The dark theme will be inverted to white. On LG G3, the same option is called Invert Colors. The option may produce some weird combinations, but with appropriate adjustments you can fix a combination that you like. Screen and Content colors can also be adjusted in your Android phones.


  4. TalkBack/Explore By Touch

    – Again an option that is a mercy for people with weak eyesight, once you enable this option from the accessibility settings, whatever you tap, press or activate will be dictated out aloud. Another name for the option is Explore By Touch. Also, there are more detailed options that you can explore.

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  5. Interaction Control

    – On Samsung devices interaction control can be enabled by either going to the accessibility menu or by pressing the Home and Volume Down buttons at the same time. This option lets you turn on or off motion gestures as well as screen timeout settings . Another great feature of this option is that you can control any part of your screen area and decide whether it should respond to touch or not such as the curvy edges of the latest Samsung phones which sometimes cause a problem because as you touch it opens something up.

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To use the accessibility options on your phone, you should best explore the accessibility menu on your phone where some of the options may have different names from the ones mentioned above. For example, LG G3 will call the interaction controls “Touch Control Areas”, so it a little exploration can be very useful.

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