How Do I Increase or Decrease Font Size On Android

Are you having trouble seeing your smartphone’s display? Maybe the text is just too small to read for you, and you would like to increase it to something that’s a little more comfortable. Luckily, this is something that Android allows you to do, simply by playing around with some options inside of the settings. Android actually allows you to adjust the font size on a sliding scale, giving you precision over the exact integer you would like the font size to be.

Font size adjustments can be a little difficult to adjust, mostly because they’re buried in the Settings app. However, if you follow along below, you’ll be able to change the exact font size in a jiffy.

Change font size

The process for changing the font size can vary based on what brand of phone you’re using. But, when it comes down to it, the process is going to be pretty similar, give or take some small differences.

The first step is to open the app drawer and find the Settings app. Tap it to launch your Settings screen.

Next, we’ll want to navigate over to the Display category. You should see a Font option, and you’ll want to tap that. That will either bring up a window prompt and show you five different levels of fonts that you can choose from, or there will be a slider where you can adjust the font size manually on a 0 to 100 scale. If the window prompt appears, you will have five options:

  • Tiny
  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
  • Huge

Each one is a progressively larger font, giving you a variety of options for all different types of eyesight.

On some phones, the process might be a little different, particularly with newer versions of the Android operating system. Tap your Settings app, and then navigate over to the Accessibility category. Select font size, and then user the slider to adjust it.

It’s worth noting that font size doesn’t affect the Google Chrome app. If you want to change that, you’ll need to open Google Chrome and go into the app settings and adjust the font size manually.

Display Size

The font size adjusts the text exclusively, but Android also has an option where you can adjust the size of the display as a whole. You can increase it, and then the entire screen scales or adjusts to that higher size setting. Everything is larger when you adjust the Display Size — text, app icons, and more.

Magnification

If you don’t want to change the overall font size and size of your display, you might want to consider messing around with the magnification gesture. This way, you can leave your display size at a normal size, and then you can just triple-tap the screen to magnify it. It will then allow you to drag that magnifier around the display to magnify what you want to see.

To access and adjust the Magnification Gesture, open up Settings on Android. Then, tap on the Display section. On some phones, you might find it under Accessibility.

Next, you’ll want to tap on the option that says Magnification Gesture. It will give you some information about the tool, but to turn it on, you’ll want to tap on the slider at the top right of the screen. You can turn it off by tapping on the slider again.

Like we mentioned, the way you turn on Magnification Gesture is to triple tap the screen. Then, you can drag it around, and look at items on your screen with that magnified view. To exit, simply triple tap the screen again.

High Contrast Text

As you can see, there are a handful of different options that allow you to adjust the size of text, your overall display size, and even magnify certain sections of the screen. But, instead of size trouble, maybe you have trouble seeing the display because of the different colours. Android has an experimental feature to solve this problem for those running Android Nougat and above.

Once again, open up your app drawer and tap on the Settings option. Head into the Accessibility section, and then tap on the slider that says High Contrast Text. This essentially makes the items on your overall display a little darker, allowing you to see just a little better.

Closing

Here we’ve shown you a handful of different ways that you can adjust the size of the icons and text in your display. Play around with the settings to see what works the best for your accessibility needs.