This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 6 °C Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Text a little too difficult to read? Here's how you can adjust its size

There are some very handy options hidden away in accessibility settings.

WHILE IT MIGHT not seem that way, the accessibility option on your smartphone is probably one of the more useful settings you have access to.

Larger and smaller text might not sound like an exciting setting but if you have a large or small phone, adjusting it can make a world of difference.

It should be mentioned this will affect all first-party apps that format text in some way and web pages. It can end up changing the layout of certain apps so check your favourite apps first before you commit to it.

Also, some third-party apps have their own settings for larger/smaller text so if they aren’t changed, check its settings to see if there is a way to change it.


Go into General > Accessibility > Larger Text and turn it on. Here you will be provided a slider and preview of how your text will look before. The change is automatically confirmed once you change it.

Some apps like Safari aren’t affected directly, but certain features like Reader Mode are.



Depending on the version you have, you will either have a sliding scale similar to iOS, or just an option to turn on larger text.

Going into Settings > Accessibility will bring up one of those two options. If you have ‘large text’, then it’s just a tap to activate. Others will provide you with a slider for you to adjust, and a preview so you know how it will look.


Windows Phone

In Settings, you will have to scroll down to ease of access (its location will depend on the version of Windows 8.1 you’re using).

By default, it’s at its lowest setting but there are nine different sizes for you to choose from.


Read: The fashion giant that probably knows what you want to wear… before you do >

Read: Facebook wants to end the nightmare of seeing everything your ex is up to >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Quinton O'Reilly

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel