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Android is used on a variety of devices all over the world. To make Android usable for everyone, Google has focused on adding features that improve the OS's accessibility. Adding these features to our favorite Android phones allows many more people to enjoy what Android offers. The release of Android 13 on the Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and many Samsung devices has added even more accessibility features to the extensive list from the 12 Android versions before it. In no particular order, here are the best accessibility features in Android 13.

1. Audio description is available for all apps

Android 13 introduced a system-wide feature that allows an audio description of items in all apps. This feature gives a verbal description of what is happening on your device's screen during natural pauses in the audio from the app. This feature gives context for what is happening in supported movies and shows and improves the content consumption experience for those with a visual impairment. To enable this option:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap the Accessibility section.
  3. Scroll to the Audio section.
  4. Find the Audio Description option and flip the toggle to on.

Once you toggle this option, you'll be able to take advantage of this feature in any of your applications.

2. Android 13 finally supports out-of-the-box braille displays

In Android 13, Google will be implementing out-of-the-box support for braille displays, according to a recent press release. Braille displays use electromagnetic signals to create a braille output from screen content. Previously, users had to install an additional app called BrailleBack to connect their braille display.

Android 13 now supports braille displays through Android's screen reader, TalkBack. Google also added navigation, settings, and editing shortcuts with braille displays. This system-level support makes Android devices more user-friendly for those with a visual impairment.

3. Get audible feedback as you use your phone with TalkBack

TalkBack is one of the best accessibility features for those who have difficulty seeing their phone screen. TalkBack provides spoken feedback and context for what is on your screen. To enable TalkBack:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Open the Accessibility section.
  3. Under the Screen reader section, select TalkBack.
  4. Flip the Use TalkBack toggle to on.
  5. Click the Allow button to allow TalkBack to control your device.

With TalkBack activated, your device reads what is on your screen. To interact with your device when using TalkBack:

  • Swipe left or right to move through the items on your screen. The item you are interacting with is highlighted by a green box.
  • Double-tap an item to activate or select it.
  • Drag two fingers on your screen to scroll through the content.

4. Text Modification makes it easy to increase text size system-wide

For those who have trouble reading the default text size, Android 13 allows you to change it to a more suitable size. To access these settings:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Display.
  3. Under the Display section, select Display size and text.

In this section, you can modify the font and display sizes and toggle bold and high-contrast text. With all these options, you can customize the text experience to give your phone the best visibility for you.

5. Magnification lets you increase the size of everything on your screen

Magnification is a feature that zooms in on items on the screen to make them easier to see. This feature can zoom in on the entire screen or part of the screen and can magnify text as you type. To enable magnification:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Open the Accessibility section.
  3. Under Display, select Magnification.
  4. Flip the toggle next to Magnification shortcut to the on position.

There will now be a shortcut on your screen to activate the feature. When active, drag two fingers to move the magnification around the screen and pinch two fingers to adjust the zoom magnification.

6. Color and motion settings help people with visual impairments and neurologic and vestibular conditions

For those who have a visual impairment or a form of color blindness, Google has included some settings to help improve your Android experience. To access these features:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select the Accessibility section.
  3. Select Color and motion under the Display section.

In the Display section, you'll find the available features to improve the color experience on your phone.

  • Color correction: Color correction is for those with color blindness. In this section, you can toggle color correction on and off. There are four color correction options: two for red-green, one for blue-yellow, and one for grayscale. A box at the top of the section shows a selection of colors, so you can see what each setting looks like. There is also an option to create a color correction shortcut if you want to toggle this feature on and off regularly.
  • Color inversion: Color inversion is a feature that may help those who need more contrast on their phone. It changes all white pixels to black pixels and all black pixels to white pixels on your screen. This changes the look of everything on the screen but may make it easier for some to see the contents on the screen.
  • Dark theme: Dark theme changes the whites in many apps to blacks or grays to reduce the amount of light emitted from your screen. This feature may be useful to those with photophobia or sensitivity to light.
  • Remove animations: Turning on this feature removes system animations as you move around the operating system. This feature is great for those who are sensitive to visual effects.

These settings make Android much easier to use for those with color or light sensitivity.

7. Real-time text (RTT)

Those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability may find it hard to make a regular phone call. RTT allows users to text in real time with the other person on a call, so they can easily participate in the call. To enable this feature:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Go to the Accessibility section.
  3. Click Real-time text (RTT) under Captions.
  4. Select the option that suits your needs.

With RTT enabled, you can use it in a call. When using RTT in a call, be aware that the other user can see what you type in real time. This means the other user will see any edits or deletions you make to the text you're sending.

Make Android the experience you need

Making accessibility a priority means that anyone can experience Android. There are more features than the ones listed here that make it easy for anyone to use an Android phone. Now that you have Android 13 on your phone, check out the most underrated Android 13 features that you need to try today.