Accessibility Overview Workbook Series 6: Font Adjustment

Section 7: Font Adjustment

In this workbook series we will learn how to access basic accessibility features on a mobile device running iOS (iPad/iPhone). Today’s lesson will cover section 7 (Font Adjustment).

To access Font settings

Settings→Accessibility→Display & Text Size

(For older iOS:  Settings→General→Accessibility→Larger Text). Toggle the Large Accessibility Sizes button on.

Font Settings 

Per Apple Support:

“…you can also find these accommodations on the Display & Text Size screen:

  • Bold Text: Makes the text in your device's user interface bold.
  • Larger Text: Tap this, then turn on Larger Accessibility Sizes. Then you can use the slider to adjust your preferred reading size.
  • Button Shapes: Adds shapes to buttons—for example, an underline beneath Back buttons.
  • On/Off Labels: Adds On/Off labels on preference screens.
  • Reduce Transparency: Improves contrast by reducing transparency and blurs on some backgrounds.
  • Increase Contrast: Improves color contrast between app foreground and background colors.
  • Differentiate Without Color: Replaces user interface items that rely solely on color to convey information.
  • Reduce White Point: Reduces the intensity of bright colors.”
  • Auto-Brightness: “This will automatically set a brightness setting for your current lighting conditions. Auto Brightness uses a sensor in your phone to detect the light around you. This will make the screen brighter in direct light (backlighting) and dimmer in the dark (to prevent eye strain).” Source:


“iOS allows you to adjust the font size for any app that supports Dynamic Type. For example, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Phone, and Notes support Dynamic Type in iOS.”

Use the Larger Text feature to explore the Mail or Reminders app.

Screenshot of iPad Reminders app with 3 items with large font: Replace shaving cream, foil and dog meds.


Font Adjustment Worksheet


What do the following features do?


Bold Text

Larger Text

Button Shapes

On/Off Labels

Reduce Transparency 

Increase Contrast

Differentiate Without Color


Download attached Font Adjustment Worksheet document here.

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