Do you find yourself squinting at your iPhone or Android phone’s screen? Admit it; even if your phone has a bigger screen, things that appear on the screen still seem to appear painfully small. Do yourself a favor and read on, because we’re going to give you several ways on how you can make your iPhone or Android screen a little easier to read, from boosting the size of text to zooming your display with the help of your fingertips.

1. Increase the size of on-screen text (both iOS and Android)

This setting lets you customize the size of your phone’s on-screen text fonts according to your preference. Unfortunately, the adjusting the text font doesn’t apply to text in webpages, although you can always zoom a page with an easy pinch gesture. Third-party apps may not also respond to your text-boosting settings.

Nevertheless, if you still want to go ahead and adjust the size of your text messages and email, the names and numbers in your contacts app, and other essential features on your iPhone or Android phone, this is a great way to start making your life easier with your mobile devices.

For Android users, here’s how:

Tap on Settings, then go to Display, and then tap on Font Size. From here, choose from any of the four available font size settings — SmallNormalLarge, or Huge.

Meanwhile, iOS users can follow this procedure on how to adjust the size of their phone’s text font:

Tap on Settings, then tap Display & Brightness, and then go to Text Size. Drag the slider to the left (to achieve smaller text sizes) or to the right (if you want to have larger font size). Want to get a really big font size? Go back to the main Settings screen, then tap Accessibility, and then go to Larger Text. Flip on the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch, and then drag the slider to whichever setting you want.

2. Put some bold effect on your on-screen text (iOS)

You can give some extra kick to your on-screen text by giving it a bold effect. Combining this setting with a larger font size, it will create an easier readability on your iPhone or iPad screen. To do this, go to Settings, then tap on Display & Brightness. Flip the switch next to the Bold Text setting. Afterwards, restart your iOS device in order for the new setting to sink in.

3. Enable high-contrast text (Android Lollipop)

Unfortunately, there’s no bold effect setting for text that can be done on standard Android devices. However, Android devices running on the new Android Lollipop update have an ‘experimental” setting known as “high-contrast” text, which gives a distinctive outline around some (not all) on-screen text.

High-contrast text is still a work in progress. But if you’re really having a hard time reading texts on your Android device, this option is worth trying. Go to your device’s Settings, then tap Accessibility, and then tap to check the box next to High-contrast text, and that’s it.

4. Lose the “motion” effects (iOS)

The “parallax” effect is the reason why iOS interface has a sleeker and flatter look. This is a clever combination of motion-controlled visuals that gives iOS displays the illusion of depth. Another is the home screen icons that rapidly zoom in and out as you open folders and launch apps.

This is somehow a cool effect on your device, but for some, eye-popping effects can be a bit dizzying. Good thing is that you can avoid getting dizzy by disabling the motion effect. Here’s how you can do it: tap onSettings, and then go to General. Next, tap on Accessibility, then go to Reduce Motion. Tap the switch to turn off the motion effect.

5. Zoom the screen using magnification gestures (iOS and Android)

Setting your text fonts to bold or giving it a bold effect can be a big help when it comes to reading your email and text messages. For tiny text on webpages, you can always go with pinch-to-zoom to make things as big as you want.

However, there are instances wherein enabling those font enhancing settings still doesn’t do you good. There are many third-party apps that ignore those kinds of text font settings. With that note, you can try enabling the magnification gestures feature — a specific set of swipes and taps that will let you zoom the entire screen regardless of which app you are using.

For Android users, here’s how you can enable magnification gestures:

Tap Settings, then go to Accessibility, and then tap on Magnification gestures. Flip the switch next to it to turn it on. To see how it works, go to your Home screen, then triple-tap the display; notice that the screen will zoom in. Pinch the display to zoom in even more, or pan around the screen by swiping it using your two fingers. To go back to normal viewing size, triple-tap the screen once again.

For iOS users, follow these steps:

Tap Settings, then go to Accessibility, and then tap Zoom. Next, tap the Zoom switch to set it to On. Go back to your Home screen, double-tap the screen using three fingertips, while keeping your fingertips on the screen after the second tap. Now, drag your fingertips up to zoom in, or down if you want to zoom out. You can also drag around using three fingertips to pan around the zoomed-in screen.

If you want to go back to normal view, double-tap the screen with three fingertips again. Here’s an extra tip for you: You can also add an always-on controller to the screen that you double-tap to zoom the display if you want. Simply go back to the Zoom settings, and then tap the switch next to Show Controller to enable it. Double-tap on the little controller that will appear, then nudge the virtual joystick to pan around the page. Double-tap the controller once more should you need to go back to normal viewing.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:43:50 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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