Settings + personalization

Accessibility on my phone

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

Notes

Accessibility settings on Windows Phone
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 Settings icon > 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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on High contrast On icon.

Tips

  • You can also choose a theme color for the phone that provides higher contrast on its own. The highest contrast theme is the dark background with yellow accent. To change the accent color, go to Settings Settings icon > Start + theme.
  • To change the color scheme for the calendar, in the App list, tap Calendar Calendar icon > More More icon Settings. Then, for each calendar, select the color you want to use.
High contrast mode on Windows Phone
The Start screen with high contrast turned on

To turn on Narrator

Narrator reads aloud text 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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Narrator On icon.

Note

Narrator is only available on Windows Phone 8.1.

Tip

Turn on Narrator quick launch and you'll be able to turn Narrator on or off with a quick button combo—press and hold the Volume UpVolume Up button button, and then press the StartStart button button.

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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Screen magnifier On icon.

  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.

    Tip

    It can be tricky to get the hang of the two-finger double-tap. If it's not working for you right away, try angling your fingers so they aren't too far apart, and so they both touch your phone at the same time.

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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Allow zooming on all web content On icon.

  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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Turn on Speech for phone accessibility On icon.

    Tip

    In Windows Phone 8, you can find the instructions for using these Speech features on your phone by tapping Help Help icon after Speech opens. In Windows Phone 8.1, just say "Help" any time while Speech is active to display some examples of how to use it.

Notes

  • If you use Cortana, you can still use Speech in the same ways mentioned above.
  • Cortana is only available on Windows Phone 8.1.

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 Settings icon > Ease of access.

  2. Tap Browser captions, then turn on Custom fonts and colors On icon.

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

    Note

    Browser caption customization is only available on Windows Phone 8.1.

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