What do the Accessibility features provide on my Samsung Phone?

Last modified : May 09. 2019

What do the Accessibility features provide?

To continue making our technology accessible to everyone, Samsung has developed and applied a variety of technical solutions. With solutions for vision, hearing, dexterity, and interaction, people with disabilities can easily use technology and take advantage of new and exciting features.


Select one of the drop down menus to follow our guide for Galaxy phones operating on Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat), 8.0 (Oreo) and 9.0 (Pie).

Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo)Click to Expand

How do I access the Accessibility menu?

Go into the Settings menu > Accessibility.

Please Note: Screenshots were taken from the Galaxy Note8 running Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat). Some features may not be available on your device.

Settings > Accessibility

What do the Accessibility features do?

accessibility options on 8.0 (oreo) and 7.0 (nougat)

Voice Assistant: Screen reader for people who are blind or visually impaired.

High contrast theme, font, and keyboard: Get a higher contrast on the screen, text, and the keyboard.


Magnifier window: Enlarge part of the screen with magnified window.                       


Magnifier widget: Use the rear camera as a magnifying glass.                                  


Colour adjustment: Colour correction setting for colour vision deficiency.                   


● Sound detector: Detects the sounds of the doorbell or a baby crying for hearing-impaired users.


Flash notification: Notify events such as calls, texts, and the alarm with the rear camera flashes or blinks on the screen.


● Sound balance: Adjust the left and right volume.                                                    


Mono audio: Switch from Stereo to Mono audio.                                                     


● Universal switch: Set custom switches and use them to control the features on your phone.


● Assistant menu: Allow better control of the device for people with reduced dexterity.


● Direction lock: Substitute password or pattern with a directional combination to unlock the phone. The combination is set by swiping in a series of four to eight directions.


● Direct access: Shortcut to accessing various accessibility features via hardware keys.   

Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)Click to Expand
1 Launch your Settings > Accessibility
settings > accessibility
2 Select one of the Accessibility options and customise to suit your needs.
accessibility options on 9.0 (pie)
  • Screen Reader: Includes Voice Assistant which allows your phone to speak back to you when you touch, select or activate a setting. You are also able to cusomise what feedback is spoken back to you by selecting settings. 
  • Visibility Enhancements: You are able to customise the size, contrast and colour of themes and fonts or create magnitification windows.
  • Hearing Enhancements: Users can adjust the audio to help your hearing, or use alternative texts.
  • Interaction and dexterity: Enhance and replace interactions and other controls
  • Advanced Settings: Manage direct access and other advanced functions like flash notifications or Voice labels.



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