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Accessibility on my phone

There are plenty of ways for you to personalize your Windows Phone, and your phone has built-in accessibility features that can make it easier to see, hear, and use.

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The ease of access settings screen

To change the text size

You can choose from a range of text sizes for your phone. The text size you choose will show up in email, messaging, your lock screen, some webpages, and some other places.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Under Text size, move the slider until the sample text size is the size you want.

To use a high-contrast theme

High contrast makes everything easier to read by changing text to black and white and providing a solid background behind words that would otherwise be on top of pictures.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on High contrast Asset not found.

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The Start screen with high contrast turned on

To turn on Narrator

Narrator reads text aloud on your phone, including the text found in emails, text messages, settings, and more. For more information on how to use this feature, including a full list of Narrator-specific gestures, see Use Narrator on my phone.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Narrator Asset not found.

To magnify the screen

The screen magnifier lets you use gestures to enlarge any screen you're viewing.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Screen magnifier Asset not found.

  3. On any screen, double-tap with two fingers to magnify it. Once it's magnified, you can try the following:

    • To move around the entire screen (even the parts that aren't showing because you're zoomed in), use two fingers to single-tap and hold anywhere on the screen, then pan in any direction.
    • To change the zoom level while the screen is magnified, use two fingers to double-tap and hold, then pan up or down to increase or decrease magnification.
    • To scroll up or down while the screen is magnified, first pan to the edge of the screen. Once you reach the edge, you can scroll as you normally would by swiping or panning with one finger.

To zoom on any web content

You can set your phone to zoom in or out on any webpage, even if a site or app doesn't normally let you.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Allow zooming on all web content Asset not found.

  3. On any webpage, spread your thumb and forefinger apart to zoom in or pinch them together to zoom out.

To turn on more options for Speech

You can make calls, search the web, open apps, or listen to text messages with Speech, and turn on more features that help you use your phone hands-free or even eyes-free, like talking caller ID for phone calls. For more, see Use Speech on my phone.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Speech for phone accessibility Asset not found.

To customize browser captions (video closed captioning)

You can customize the appearance of captions for videos in Internet Explorer and apps that use the browser to display content. Change the font size and color, background transparency, and more until it's just how you want it.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Asset not found > Ease of access.

  2. Tap Browser captions, then turn on Custom fonts and colors Asset not found.

  3. Tap each option to change your font, text, background, and window preferences.


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Article ID: 10664 - Last Review: Apr 29, 2016 - Revision: 15

  • Windows Phone 8
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