Android is an operating system that has many accessibility options that facilitate the use of smartphones by people with audio, vision or other limitations. Even if you don't have any of them, accessibility features can be very useful at times, and deserve to be known more thoroughly. I gathered in this article the top 5.
Accessibility options may vary by device and Android version. There are some native Android accessibility settings that can be found on any device: TalkBack, font size, and more, but many others are less well known, such as creating a dark theme for your device. Check out the range of options on your particular smartphone settings, and see below the 5 that we find most interesting.
1. Magnification gesture
Just as maps in Google Maps can be zoomed in or out, the entire Android system potentially has the same viewability. When you enable zoom gestures, you can click three times on a point on the screen to zoom in or out.
If you click and hold three times, you can temporarily enlarge your screen and move the zoomed area with your finger. It's a very useful function when we come across very small font texts, and it's great to activate when you give a device to your parents or seniors.
2. Text-to-speech conversion
This is probably the best known of all accessibility functions. All you have to do is have the option enabled and download the package into Portuguese. Then just look for compatible apps and ask for voice reading, which can have tone and speed adjusted. It's very useful for when you can't hold your smartphone or stare at it.
Note that in every app this good feature works. With a news app like Pocket, for example, it was fine, but on an expected one, like Chrome, he didn't give the option. The cool thing is that an audio control appears at the bottom of the screen, depending also on the app.
3. Color Inverse
If you're one of those hoping for Android P to bring the dark theme, there's a "trick" to make it happen on Android. Use Accessibility Color Reverse and, as the name implies, system colors will be reversed.
It is worth mentioning that, besides not being the whole system that inverts (the shortcut bar doesn't do that, for example), the resulting colors can be a bit bizarre. The background of the Settings and app drawer is black in addition to the notifications, but the app icons also change color and look very different.
TalkBack is a good choice for people who don't see very well. Also, you can use it if your screen has image problems, but still reacts well to touch. By activating the option, everything you click will first be read aloud, and only after two clicks will the command be performed.
The additional options of TalkBack are numerous, and it is worth checking out the most useful for your need, such as starting reading by shaking the device and reducing other audio when talking. Another feature, called Select To Listen, works similarly.
5. Access with switch
If you have no problem spending your volume buttons, you can set them for one of several actions of this function. You can give new uses not only to volume ones, but to more specific ones like camera or wizards.
In the settings of this access you choose verification (selection, next and previous) or action assignments such as scrolling, holding down, notifications and others. Pressing the physical buttons also leads to a menu that covers the entire screen and offers shortcuts. Good for when the touch screen is not there those things.
These were just five of several Android accessibility settings. On your device, they may appear under different names, so it's worth exploring this often overlooked section of our Android smartphone.
Do you use any accessibility options? Tell us your tricks!
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