This article outlines Surface Duo accessibility features. Surface Duo offers Android accessibility features—for more info, visit Android Accessibility Help.
Change your display
Display and font size
To make things like text messages, the time, and app icons bigger or smaller, adjust the display and font size on your Surface Duo. Learn more about changing the display or font size
If you want to make items on your screen bigger temporarily, or you want the option to zoom in and out as you please, use magnification. Learn more about using magnification
Contrast and color options
You have several options for adjusting contrast and color on your Surface Duo, including high-contrast text, dark theme and color inversion, and color correction.
Use a screen reader
TalkBack is a screen reading program that describes visual events on your device verbally. It’s built into Surface Duo with Android, so there’s nothing to download or install. Learn more about TalkBack on Android
Select to Speak
With Select to Speak, you can have text read aloud whenever you’d like. To have something read or described, select text or items on your screen. Learn more about Select to Speak
Voice Access lets you control your device with your voice using spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate, and edit text hands-free. Download Voice Access from the Play Store and Learn more about Voice Access
Switch Access lets you control your device using an external switch or keyboard instead of the touch screens. Learn more about Switch Access
Time to take action (Accessibility timeout)
Some notifications only appear for a certain amount of time. If you’d like more time to address notifications before they dismiss, you can change the Time to take action. Learn more about changing the time you have to take action on notifications
Audio & on-screen text
You can customize the look and language of captions by changing your caption preferences. Learn more about caption preferences
Hearing aid support
Use a hearing aid with your Surface Duo. Learn more about connecting a hearing aid
Real-time text (RTT) during calls
Use text to communicate during a phone call with RTT. Learn more about real-time text
Use mono-audio if you’d like audio to come through one channel instead of two:
In most cases when you listen to music with headphones or through speakers, the audio will come from two channels, one directed for the left ear and one directed for the right. If you’d like to combine both channels into one, turn on mono-audio by going to Settings > Accessibility > Mono audio.
Helpful apps from the Google Play Store
Because Surface Duo runs on Android, you can choose from thousands of Android apps and games in the Google Play Store. Live Caption, Live Transcribe, and Sound Amplifier are three accessibility apps you might find useful. Here’s how to get them: Tap Play Store on your Home screen. Then, in the Play Store, search for the app by name.
The Disability Answer Desk is available to help with accessibility questions or concerns.