How To Change the Font Size on an Android Device
Since the 2008 creation of the Android operating system, millions of people have used yummy-sounding versions like “Jelly Bean,” Ice Cream Sandwich,” and “Lollipop.” But what’s not so sweet is if you cannot see the text on your screen.
If the font is too small for you to read menus or perform web searches, there’s an easy fix for your problem. It only takes a few moments to change the font size on your Android. This article will show you how to do just that.
Change Font Size Android OS
Several options are available for making modifications to the font size. You can adjust your device’s text size right in the Settings of your device. But that won’t affect the text size in your apps, so we’ll cover that below.
Follow these steps to change the font size on the main system of your Android OS device:
- Open the “Settings” option.
- Select “Display.”
- Choose “Font size” (or “Screen Zoom” on Samsung devices).
- Set your font as desired.
Your font will stay at the size you choose until you change it. The setting might not modify the text on your Home screen. However, you can change this setting, too, as you will read later.
How to Enable Screen Tapping to Increase Text Size
If you need to zoom in and zoom out often, you can turn Magnification on in Settings. Here’s what to do:
- Swipe down on your screen to open “Settings.”
- Use the Search bar at the top to type “Magnification.”
- Select and turn on “Magnification Gestures.”
You can now zoom into the screen with a triple-tap of your finger. This setting lets you temporarily enlarge your screen, but the magnification will disappear when you leave that screen.
How to Enlarge Text Size in Google Chrome
Apps have separate fonts and zoom within their respective settings menus. Generally, these are the steps to change the font size in an app:
Changing the font on your phone may affect some screens, but it won’t change your apps. For example, your new font settings will not affect the Google Chrome app. If you’re a Chrome user, follow the steps below to change the font size on your Android OS device:
The size you choose will affect every web page you visit. But font sizes differ across different pages. Fortunately, you can change the font size again if you view a website with too small a font.
- Open the app.
- Tap the three dots in the upper right corner. Select “Settings.”
- Adjust the settings.
Remember that not all apps allow you to change the font size, and for those that do, the settings may be in different locations. Typically, if you can adjust fonts, you simply need to find the “Settings” function within the app. You’ll be able to change the font size from there.
Changing the Font Size on Older Android Versions
The steps to change your font are different for each Android OS release. If you couldn’t find the options to change the text size above, try following these steps instead:
Note: Android’s Settings has a search bar at the top. If you have difficulty finding a setting, use the search bar.
- Go to your quick “Settings” (swipe down on the home screen).
- Select “Accessibility.”
- Choose “Text and Display.”
- Tap “Font Size.”
- Use the slider to change the text size.
The size of the text on your device will change to the one you have chosen. You change it back again using the same steps.
How to Change Android Icons Size
You might notice that your home screen has changed when you are finished. This is because the sizes of the app icons on your home screen are set by default. Changing your font sizes causes the apps on your screen to move because the app text is altered.
If you don’t like the new look, you can adjust the icons on your screen as follows:
- Open “Settings.”
- Tap “Accessibility.”
- Choose “Display Size.”
- Slide the button to the left or right to adjust the display.
Change Font Size for Android Text Messages
You don’t have to strain your eyes to read text messages on your phone. Change the font size with these simple steps:
- Open “Settings.”
- Select “Display.”
- Tap “Advanced,” then choose “Font Size.”
- Use the slider to adjust the size.
- Click “Back” to return to your home screen.
Your changes take effect immediately. Alternatively, you can modify the text size using the “Accessibility” menu in your settings.
Change Font Size for Android Email Apps
You don’t need to settle for the default font when sending an email. Instead, customize the lettering size that is displayed in your outgoing email.
Here are a handful of quick steps to change your outgoing email font:
- Open Gmail.
- Tap “Compose.”
- Write your message.
- Select the text.
- Choose “Format” in the pop-up menu to adjust the font size.
Try Dark Mode
If you’re still having trouble reading text, the issue may not be the font size. Android users have access to other settings to make their screens easier to read. For example, you can turn on the dark theme on the device to improve readability.
To turn on the dark theme in Android:
- Open “Settings.”
- Select “Display and Accessibility.”
- Choose “Dark Mode.”
You can try turning on “High Contrast Text” to see words better on your screen. This makes the fonts brighter or darker against contrasting backgrounds. You will find this setting on the “Display and Accessibility” screen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to more questions we’ve been asked about Android text fonts.
Can I change the font style on an Android?
Some models and manufacturers of Android devices do let you change the font style. You will find the setting in the Font menu (as shown above). If you don’t see the options you want, you can explore the Google Play Store for third-party apps and themes.
Do beware; if you use a third-party app to change the font style on your phone, check the reviews first. Many apps spam your phone with advertisements or don’t work properly.
Is there a faster way to increase the font size of my texts?
Yes. If you need to quickly adjust the font size of your text messages, pinch the screen. Using the pinch gesture, move your fingers away from each other to increase the size. Move them closer together to decrease the size.
The Android operating system is a leader in the industry. It offers users an array of customization features that are easy to use, like font customizations. In other words, you don’t have to struggle with seeing fonts. Changing font sizes on an Android device is relatively simple, with a handful of steps.
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