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Accessibility Settings on Your Phone

Your phone is ready to lend a helping hand. It has noise detection settings for people with hearing difficulties, and voice assistance for those with limited sight. For example, it can be set to light up when it detects a startling noise or read messages aloud for assistance. There are also other settings and customizations available for those who struggle with dexterity.

Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

Vision

Like a trusted friend, your phone can help you navigate. Read on to learn what accessibility settings are offered for users with limited sight.

  1. From Settings, search for and select Vision.

  2. The following settings are available:

    • Voice Assistant: Assists blind and low-vision users by giving spoken feedback on what is displayed on the screen as well as what is selected.

      Note: Voice Assistance can collect all of the text you enter, including personal data and credit card numbers.

    • Voice Assistant help: View help topics on using Voice Assistant.

    • Dark screen: Keeps the screen turned off at all times for privacy.

    • Rapid key input: Instead of double tapping to make selections, you can release your finger.

    • Voice Label: Write voice recordings to NFC tags to provide you with information.

    • Font and screen zoom: Adjust how the screen zooms in and you can set the size and style of the font.

    • High contrast fonts: Adjusts the size and outline of the fonts to increase the contrast.

    • High contrast keyboard: Adjusts the size and color of the keyboard to increase the contrast between the keys and the background.

    • Show button shapes: Creates a shape around different buttons to make them easier to see.

    • Magnifier window: Displays a window that magnifies what is on the screen. The Magnifier window can be moved.

    • Magnification: With this function enabled, you can magnify the current screen by single or triple tapping.

    • Large mouse/touchpad pointer: Enlarges the mouse or pointer when the phone is connected to a computer.

    • Negative Colors: Changes the color display from black text on a white background to white text on a black background.

    • Color Adjustment: If you are color blind or have difficulty reading the display due to the screen colors, you can adjust the colors on the screen to make it easier to read.

    • Color lens: Adjust the screen colors if you have difficulty reading texts.

Hearing

Unfortunately, your phone can't use Sign Language (it doesn't have hands!). However, it can use visual cues and improve sound quality to help with hearing difficulties. Check out all of the hearing assistance features.

  1. From Settings, search for and select Hearing.

  2. The following settings are available:

    • Sound detectors: You will receive alerts when your phone detects a crying baby or a doorbell.

    • Flash notification: The camera flash or screen will blink whenever you receive a notification.

    • Mute all sounds: Turns off all notifications and sounds.

    • Hearing aids: Improve the sound quality of your phone for users with hearing aids.

    • Samsung subtitles (CC): Samsung subtitles will be used with multimedia files when they are available.

    • Google subtitles (CC): Google subtitle will be used with multimedia files when they are available.

    • Left/right sound balance: You can set the left and right balance when you are using a stereo device.

    • Mono audio: Switches the audio form stereo to mono for when you use one earphone.

Dexterity and Interaction

With Easy screen turn on, you can turn on the screen without pressing any buttons. Read on to learn how to activate this setting and more.

  1. From Settings, search for and select Dexterity and interaction.

  2. The following settings are available:

    • Universal switch: Lets you control your phone using customizable switches.

    • Assistant menu: Enables a menu that lets users with reduced dexterity control the phone.

    • Easy screen turn on: Lets you turn on the screen by placing your palm over the screen instead of pressing any buttons.

    • Touch and hold delay: Delay feature activation for a set amount of time when you touch and hold.

    • Click after pointer stops: Clicks automatically after the pointer stops on an area.

    • Interaction control: Disables auto screen rotation and functions enabled by pressing buttons. It also only shows notifications from apps in the Notification panel and Status bar.

More Settings

Check out even more helpful settings to suit your lifestyle.

  1. From Settings, swipe to and touch Accessibility, and then swipe to MORE SETTINGS.

  2. The following settings are available:

    • Text-to-speech: Select your desired Text-to-Speech engine. This lets you speak and the phone will transcribe what you say into text.

    • Direction lock: Set the screen to unlock when you swipe in a series of six to eight directions which you can customize.

    • Direct access: Opens your accessibility settings by pressing Volume Up and Power simultaneously.

    • Accessibility shortcut: When accessibility shortcut is on, press and hold both Volume keys for 3 seconds to start services you've selected.

    • Notification reminder: If there are any unread notifications, the phone will beep at set intervals.

    • Answering and ending calls: Set the phone to automatically answer calls if a headset or Bluetooth device is connected and end calls by pressing Power.

    • Single tap mode: Instead of swiping, you can respond to alarms, alerts, and incoming calls with a single tap.

    • Accessibility settings backup: Import and export your accessibility settings, or share them with other devices.

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