Step 1: Install “Easy Mode” on AndroidThe easiest way to make an Android device even more user-friendly is by replacing the stock home screen with “Easy Mode” Launcher. If you don’t have this feature built into your device, you can get it with the help of launchers on the Google Play Store. Launcher apps like Wiser and Necta are two great examples that make Android senior-friendly. By replacing the home screen with simple and large icons, these apps keep the unnecessary clutter away from the hands of your seniors. Simply download these “Easy Mode” launcher apps and make them the default launcher on the Android device.
Step 2: Make the keyboard more user-friendlyOne of the biggest hurdles for seniors when getting used to a smartphone is its virtual keyboard. Since the buttons are smaller and highly touch responsive, they often end up writing the wrong words and auto-correct is not their friend either. To put them at ease when typing, disable all the add-on features, such as Auto-correction, Voice input and more. Simple head over to the Settings->Language & Input and disable all the unnecessary features that you can find.
Step 3: Increase the font sizesPossibly the most useful feature to make Android senior-friendly is the ability to increase the relatively minuscule font size. Fortunately, you can increase the font size directly from the Android’s Settings app. Open up the “Display” section in the Settings app and tap on “Font Size”, which should be set to “Normal” by default. Change the font size to “Large” or even “Huge”, and it will greatly help if your relative has a weak vision. Do you have any tips that you have undertaken to make Android senior-friendly for your parents or grandparents? Let us know in the comments section below.
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