The Android operating system is designed and manufactured by the Google LLC. Google will add various new features and technologies in its Android software to enhance the user experience, such as “Accessibility” and “Digital Wellbeing & Parental Control” features.
This post will illustrate the different useful features of Accessibility to improve the usability of the Android smartphone.
How to Use Android’s Accessibility Features for Enhanced Usability
The Accessibility feature on the Android smartphone provides considerable features that enhance the usability of the Android phone. These features are very helpful for the person who has visibility issues and also beneficial for the person who has hearing problems.
Features of Accessibility that Enhance the Usability of the Android Smartphone
There are multiple features that are available in the Accessibility tab and we will explore the usage of these features one by one in detail in the below section:
- Accessibility Menu
- Font and Display Size
- High Contrast text
- AutoClick(dwell timing)
- Hearing Aid
1. Accessibility Menu
The accessibility menu is a menu that displays several options to control the Android when we enable it on the Android smartphone. The options that it displays are “lock screen”, “volume keys”, “Google Assistant” and “brightness control”. This feature is useful when the power and volume buttons are not working. To enable this feature follow the below stated steps:
Step 1: Open System Settings
Navigate to the settings of the Android device and choose “System”:
Step 2: Enable Accessibility Menu
Now, choose the “Accessibility” option and then pick the “Accessibility Menu” option. After that, toggle its switch to enable it:
Step 3: Implementation
Next, swipe up the two fingers from the bottom to the middle of the device screen, and then the menu will appear on the display of the device.
Finally, we can select any of the options from the accessibility menu.
The talkback feature will read the content on the display of the device screen. The main benefit of this feature is for people who are deaf. The assistant will read the content on the display screen when we single-click on it and to select the option we will double-click on it. To enable this feature, simply, go through the below-stated instructions.
Step 1: Open TalkBack Settings
Open the Accessibility tab from settings and then choose the “TalkBack” option.
Step 2: Enable the Talkback Option
Here, toggle the “Talkback” button to enable it on the Android device:
We can also enable the talkback feature by holding both volume keys for a few seconds.
3. Font and Display Size
The font and display size will allow us to control the size of the text and display on the Android smartphone. To change the size of the font and display, simply, go to the accessibility option and then choose the “Font size/ Display size” option. After that, drag the slider to make the font and display larger or smaller on the Android smartphone.
The magnification feature will allow us to zoom in on the Android smartphone screen. We can enable this feature by navigating to the “Accessibility” settings and choosing the “Magnification” option. After that, enable its switch to utilize it on the Android phone. To utilize the magnification, only swipe up the two fingers from the bottom to the middle of the screen as we did in the first accessibility menu feature. When this feature is enabled, the orange line will appear on the Android screen corners.
5. High Contrast Text
The High Contrast Text will darken the text context on the Android smartphone screen to increase visibility. This feature is very useful for persons who have a visibility issue. Moreover, it also enhances the look display of the smartphone screen. We can turn this feature from the accessibility settings.
The auto-click feature will work when we connect a mouse to the Android smartphone whether from a Bluetooth connection or from a wire connection. This feature will automatically click when the cursor stops rotating for a certain amount of time and that time is set by us. To set the time of the Autoclick, follow the below-mentioned steps:
Step 1: Open Accessibility Settings
Launch the accessibility settings as we do in the above features.
Step 2: Enable the Autoclick
Now, choose the “Autoclick (dwell timing)” option and then set the time according to your preferences:
7. Hearing Aids
This feature will connect the Android smartphone to compatible hearing Aids. This feature is made for people who have hearing issues. It uses Bluetooth connection to connect the hearing aids to the smartphone. To utilize this feature on the Android smartphone, follow the below-listed steps.
Step 1: Open Hearing Aid Settings
Open the “Accessibility” settings and then choose the “Hearing Aid” option:
Step 2: Connect the Hearing Aid with the Smartphone
Now, close the door case of the batteries of hearing aids earphones, and the smartphone will start scanning through Bluetooth on the Android device. After that, choose the “Hearing aids” name from the available devices.
Then the hearing aid will connect to the Android smartphone.
To use Android accessibility features for enhanced usability, the features are “Accessibility menu”, ”hearing aids” and “talkback”. The accessibility menu will us to control the Android smartphone by displaying its menu on the screen. We can enable this menu by swiping up the two fingers from the button to the middle of the screen. The hearing aid feature will connect the hearing aid earphones with the Android smartphone via Bluetooth connection. The TalkBack feature will read the context display on the device screen. This blog has demonstrated the 7 best accessibility features that will enhance the usability of the Android smartphone.