Surface Duo accessibility overview

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

Interaction controls

Voice Access

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

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

Mono audio

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.

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