How to Make Everything Appear Bigger in Android Nougat

Ben Stegner 09-09-2016

Most platforms have the ability for users to customize how large the elements on the screen appear — it’s one of the most important tools for making Windows accessible for those with poor vision Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old Computers use print that's too small, your eyesight changes, you get headaches, and the computer gets called a lot of dirty names. Consult this guide to Windows Accessibility tools for some stress relief! Read More . In Android, you were only previously able to adjust the text size on screen.


Now, with the release of Android Nougat, Google has provided a simple way to make everything bigger. Here’s how to toggle it.

Open the Settings app by pulling down on your notification shade twice and tapping the gear icon, or by browsing for it in your list of apps. Choose the Display category, then scroll down until you see an option called Display Size. Here, you’re given a live menu in which to play around and find the best display settings for you.

There are five sizes available: the default, one smaller than the default, and three larger than the default. On the top part of the screen, you’re able to slide between three mock preview panes. One is a text message conversation, one is an app drawer, and the third is a Settings menu snapshot. These give you a look at how different elements of your phone will look if you adjust the display size, and change in real time.

Obviously, increasing the size means that less elements will fit on the screen at once, but this is perfect for those with large-screen devices Larger Icons and Keyboards for a Phone Mom Would Love: Android Can Make the Elderly Tech Savvy The elderly often feel intimidated by new technology. Smartphones in particular did not catch on among the retired compared to the Facebook generation. And for good reason: Tiny screens and keyboards seem designed for addicting... Read More who aren’t able to see everything clearly. Making everything bigger instead of just text ensures a more even experience, and should make your phone easier to use no matter your level of vision.

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Will you be increasing your phone’s size, or do you like the default? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    September 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Nope, I'll make it smaller so more content fits on the screen :)