How to set up cell phone for seniors

While the cell phone industry has among its pending improvements to accessibility options, preferably for older adults; certain free and paid applications guarantee a better user experience than can’t get used to small buttons, widgets, and complex settings.

The goal is power simplify the phone’s own interface as much as possible without getting complicated with extra apps and functions. Nor do they have the need to buy specific devices designed for seniors with changes already made for them.

For all this, cell phones with the Android operating system stand out among the best alternatives to install a specific launcher (launcher) that facilitates its use for the elderly. These have the ability to modify the visual environment of the mobile desktop, the one who decides the design of the desktop or main screen of your smartphone.

Launchers for Android

The usual thing in these applications is that the launcher shows a classic design, in which the user can customize to their liking, place the applications they want and add or not widgets, although with large elements that improve their visualization with buttons, letters and numbers bigger.

All you have to do is install this application, and when Android requests the relevant permissions, you just have to indicate that it is the screen that will be used by default as the desktop.

In addition, in the cell phone settings, in the default applications section, you will also have to enable the option to change the startup application, which is the launcher.

Various types of launchers can be found in the Google Play store. Some of them show a changed design, where the screen is divided into 6 or 8 unique buttons with specific applications and functions. In general, you will be able to configure these launchers with the applications you want, and but other times they will come preconfigured.

The most popular app among launchers is BIG Launcher. This app, which has a Spanish version and a free version to try it out, although most options will need a paid version. It includes embedded applications to gain consistency in its design, such as a personalized phone dialer or an SMS reader.

Launchers enabled for Android phones. Launchers enabled for Android cell phones.

Another option is Simple Launcher It is very similar to the conventional ones of most mobiles, only with much larger icons that you can also organize to your liking or that of the person who is going to use the mobile. You can also set an emergency mode.

Accessibility Settings on iPhone

If the elderly person wants to configure their iPhone they will have fewer options to change the desktop environment. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything, because iOS has some useful tweaks too.

Within these settings, you can change the size of the text and activate the bold. This will mainly help to make the texts more legible.

Within the Screen and brightness settings, you can also enter the Display option of the Screen Zoom section to increase the size of the interface elements. By enabling it, fewer elements will be visible, but they will be larger and more readable, making it easier to click on them and interact.

By not having launchers, as happens with Android, the Accessibility options of the iPhone can also partly make up for that lack. From there you can change the screen and the size of the texts, but you can also customize other things related to vision or hearing, such as configuring hearing aids, or having iOS read the content of the texts to you.

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