Android devices can be customized to allow users to adjust the original settings to fit their preferences. You can change the font size to make it bigger or smaller than the default. Adjusting the font size in texts, emails, icons, and menus is advantageous as you don’t have to use glasses to operate your phone if the text is too small.
Method #1: Adjusting the Settings
Most of the customizations in Android, including changing the font size, fall under the Settings app. Here is how you go about it.
Step 1: Open the Settings App
Scroll through your list of apps and tap the app with a gear icon to open Settings. You can also open Settings by typing in the word “Settings” in the search apps bar.
Step 2: Go to Display
Scroll through the Settings options as you look for Display. Tap that to open its options.
Step 3: Go to Font Size
Under the display, select Text size or Font size, which are under the Font section.
Step 4: Set Your Preferred Font Size
Under Text Size, you can adjust the current font size, making it either bigger or smaller.
The method of adjusting the font size may differ based on your Android brand, since some may have a line while others have dots ranging from XXS to XXL. Use the option provided on your device to set your preferred font size.
With that, you will have changed the text size on your device. However, this will not change the size of app names and other content on your home screen. To adjust this font, use the method below for adjusting display content.
Here is a step-by-step video for further reference and visual representation:
Method #2: Adjusting the Display Size
Changing the display size on your Android will change not only the size of the text but also the icons and overall layout. If you aren’t comfortable with the font size on your Android after changing the text size using the steps above, you can change the display size.
Here is how you go about it.
Step 1: Go to Settings
Look through your apps list and click on the app with a gear icon to open Settings. You can also open Settings by pulling down the notification icon, then tap the Settings icon to open the app.
Step 2: Go to Accessibility
Scroll through the Settings options as you look for Additional settings. Under that, select Accessibility.
Step 3: Select Display Size
Under Accessibility, select the second tab named Vision.
Go to Display under Vision and select Display Size, which will be the first option.
Step 4: Adjust the Display Size
Set your preferred display size using the drag bar at the bottom of the page. Above the drag bar is a preview showing how your text and icons will appear based on your set display size.
Move the drag bar to the left to make the display smaller and to the right to make the display larger. After you have set the display size, tap the tick icon at the top right corner to save the changes.
Some icons on the home page might change their places after you change the display size.
Method #3: Using the Magnification Feature
Android has a zoom-in and out feature called Magnification that you can turn on or off in Settings.
This feature doesn’t permanently change your Android’s font size but makes the content bigger or smaller to meet a specific need. It is also necessary when the display or text size features don’t meet your preferences.
Here is how to enable the Magnification feature on your Android.
Step 1: Open the Settings App
Search for Settings on the search apps bar, then tap the icon to open it.
Step 2: Go to Accessibility
Scroll through the Settings options and locate Additional settings.
Under Additional settings, select Accessibility.
Step 3: Go to Magnification
Under Accessibility, select the Vision tab, then tap Magnification in the Display section.
Step 4: Turn on Magnification
Toggle “on” the button next to the Magnification shortcut to turn on the feature.
Step 5: Set the Magnification Type You Prefer
Tap Magnification type under Magnification shortcut, then select whether you want to magnify the full screen, part of the screen, or switch between the options. Click Save at the bottom right corner after selecting your option to save the changes.
With this setting on, you can now increase your font by tapping the accessibility icon that appears on your screen. You can also adjust the settings to zoom or magnify your screen by triple-tapping the screen or holding the volume keys. However, the triple-tap option isn’t recommendable as you can magnify the screen unintentionally if you triple-tap by mistake.
Note: To stop or end the magnification, tap the Accessibility button again.
Method #4: Using Chrome
Some apps on Android, such as Chrome, can change the font size within the app. Changing the font size on your phone using the methods above doesn’t affect the font size in Chrome, meaning you need to change the font size in the app.
Here is how to change the font size in Chrome.
Step 1: Open the Chrome App
Scroll through your apps list and locate Chrome. Tap that to open the app. You can also search “Chrome” in the search apps bar.
Step 2: Go to Settings
Click on the three dots at the top right corner of Chrome to open the Chrome menu, and under that, select Settings.
Step 3: Go to Accessibility
Scroll through the Settings options and click Accessibility under Advanced.
Step 4: Adjust Your Text
Under Accessibility, you will see Text scaling and a dragger under that. Move it to the left to make the text smaller and to the right to make it larger.
Searches made using Chrome will now have this font size. However, this will only change the size of searches made using this device but will be different if you search on another device using the same Google account.
Adjusting your font size can make the text much easier to read even when you don’t have your specs on. Changing the font size can also help you make text smaller when you want to hide what you do on your device from those nearby.
When adjusting the font size on your Android phone or tablet, remember that this may affect the location of some apps and icons. Additionally, some sites may not function well when the font size is too large to fit on the screen. To avoid such cases, use the magnification option to zoom in or zoom out screen content only when necessary.
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