Unlock the Power of your Smart Phone

In the current digital era, smartphones have become an indispensable aspect of modern living. These versatile devices serve various functions, from communication and entertainment to productivity and navigation.

Yet, amidst their vast capabilities, one crucial aspect often remains unnoticed or underutilised – the accessibility settings. These features, often overlooked, hold the remarkable potential to revolutionize the user experience, particularly for people with disabilities, by offering a more inclusive and intuitive interface.

Here are 5 of the most widely used Accessibility features natively available on your devices:

VoiceOver (Apple) / TalkBack (Android)

A mobile screen reader that empowers individuals with visual impairment to navigate their device effortlessly. This functionality gives you audible descriptions of what’s on your screen.

Zoom (Apple) / Magnification (Android)

Unlock an Improved Visual Experience: Embrace the Zoom Feature for Enhanced Accessibility across Multiple Apps. Whether you’re browsing through Photos or exploring Safari, effortlessly zoom in or out on specific items for a better viewing experience on your device.

Adjust Display and Text Size (Apple/Android)

Use these setting to adjust:

  • font sizes
  • bold fonts
  • high contrast text
  • colour correction
  • colour inversion
  • reduce transparency
  • remove animations

Background Sounds (Apple)

Playing soothing sounds, like ocean waves, stream, or gentle rain, are designed to mask unwanted environmental noise. These calming sounds create a serene atmosphere that minimises distractions, allowing a person to focus or unwind with ease.

Subtitles and Captions (Apple/Android)

By providing subtitles and captions, this functionality ensures that you can follow along effortlessly with the content at hand. These features enable clearer comprehension and accessibility, making it easier for you to engage with audio and video materials.

To learn more about other accessibility features on your devices, visit this page.

TIP: How to activate the Accessibility Setting on your smartphone

  • On your device, open the Settings app
  • Tap Accessibility
  • Turn Accessibility Shortcut on

Sources: Apple Support – Google Support Aug 2023

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