How to Change Your Accessibility, Display, and Language Settings on Twitter

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How to Change Your Accessibility, Display, and Language Settings on Twitter

To call Twitter a global phenomenon would be an understatement considering there are more than a dozen countries with over 10 million subscribers. It’s not exactly user-friendly for people in some regions, however, so you’ll need to know how to change your accessibility, display, and language settings on Twitter. 

How to Access Display, Language, and Accessibility Settings on Twitter

Accessing your Privacy and Safety Settings on Twitter is something you can do with a few clicks or taps. Open Twitter, login, and find the Settings menu. Select Settings & Support and then choose Settings and Privacy.  When the new options appear, choose Display and Language Settings to access a new menu.

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Click on the arrows on the far right to access settings for accessibility, display, languages, and data usage.

How to Change Your Accessibility Settings on Twitter

The accessibility options on the Twitter app and desktop are the same except for a few sections. From the PC, you can check a box to increase color contrast under the Vision menu, while the Android app has an option for the screen reader to pronounce # as hashtag.

Animations can drain battery life, but you can turn some of them off by accessing the Motion settings under accessibility. From here, you can turn on the option to reduce motion, which cuts back on animations within the app. This is also where you can adjust Twitter autoplay settings to use Wi-Fi or mobile data.

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Toggle the switch to reduce motion and cut back on animations in the app.

Do you send out a lot of tweets with media attached? If so, you can set a reminder to add an image description before posting. On mobiles, you can also turn off “Tap to Search” under the Gestures menu if you prefer to search without assistance.

How to Change your Display Settings on Twitter

The Display section of Twitter settings is completely different on the mobile app and desktop. The website puts a focus on fonts and colors. There are five font sizes to choose from along with six text colors. You can set the background to Dim or Lights Out mode from here as well if you’ve grown tired of white.

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On the Twitter website, you can choose from five font sizes and six text colors.

On the Twitter app, that feature is called Dark Mode, which you can also set to Dim or sync up to your device settings. The Media tab also allows you to turn on media previews or change your emoji set from Twitter’s selections to your device’s default emojis. Under the Sound section, there’s a toggle for sound effects, while the web browser toggle lets you select from Twitter’s in-app browser or your own.

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Toggle the switches to enable sound effects and open links with Twitter’s in-app browser.

How to Change Your Language on Twitter

When you download the Twitter app from the app store in your country, the language is set to that locale when you fire it up. While that’s ideal for many users, it’s not ideal for multilingual people. The options are in different sections depending on whether you’re using the app or web portal, but they are identical on both versions of Twitter.

To change your language, select Display Language on the web or tap Preferred Language on the app. Choose the new language you want to use for headlines, text, and buttons, and save your selection. If you want to see Tweets in other languages, you can also adjust that from the Additional/Other Language section.

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To change your language on Twitter, tick the box(es) next to the language(s) you prefer.

Here is a brief, step-by-step video for further, visual reference:

Twitter Data Usage Settings

The last settings to consider under the Accessibility, Display, and Language section of your Twitter account settings deals with data. It’s also where you’ll see a significant difference in settings between the mobile version and Twitter’s website.

Image showing data usage settings on Twitter.
If you are on a mobile network instead of Wi-Fi, enable Data saver to use less network data.

On a PC, you can tick a box to enable data saver mode or adjust autoplay settings if you’re on a mobile network instead of Wi-Fi. You can do the same from the Twitter mobile app, but there are options for images and video sizes as well. Under Images, you can whether the app uses mobile data or Wi-Fi for high-quality uploads.

It affects photos you view from your smartphone or tablet, and you can adjust the video settings in the same fashion. If you use Twitter on your mobile and other devices, you can set a toggle to sync data or adjust the interval from 15 minutes to daily.

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Adjust the video settings to establish when high-quality video should play.

We hope our guide has helped you master how to change accessibility, display, and language settings on Twitter. If you’re curious about how to change other settings, check out our guide on How to Change Your Twitter settings here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use alt text on Twitter?

If you want to add a text description to an image on Twitter, choose the +Alt button to describe the photo in the Tweet.

Will turning off autoplay save bandwidth on Twitter?

Yes, if you’re concerned with mobile data usage, turning off autoplay can save data when you’re not on Wi-Fi.

Can Twitter translate Tweets?

Whenever translation is available, a “translate tweet” prompt should appear which allows you to translate the tweet.

Does Twitter have a caption feature?

Yes, whenever a video or content with captioning is available, you’ll see a CC button as you hover over the video.

How many languages does Twitter support?

The list varies by location, but there are well over a dozen languages including Welsh, Ukrainian, Turkish, Persian, and Danish.

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