How to Make the Font Size Larger on an iPhone or iPad

If you have low vision or are visually impaired, you may find it challenging to read the small text size on an iPhone or iPad. The default text size is not very large and may cause a lot of eye strain or be unreadable altogether. Increasing the font size might be just what you need. Here is how you can increase the text size to make reading an iPhone or iPad a little easier.

Person holding silver iPhone in one hand.

How to Increase the Font Size

There are two ways of changing the font size, below I give a step by step guide on how to do both. If you find the first way does not enlarge the text enough try the second way to make the text even larger.

First Way

Step 1: Open Settings

Step 2: Tap Display and Brightness

iphone home screen, arrow pointing to settings app
iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing at display and brightness

Step 3: Tap Text Size

Step 4: Adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen. Slide to right to enlarge the font to the desired size or slide left to decrease the font size. When adjusting the slider the text at the top of the screen increases or decreases to match what setting the slider is on.

iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to text size
iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to slider bar

Second Way

Step 1: Open Settings

Step 2: Tap Accessibility

iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to settings app
iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to accessibility

Step 3: Select Display & Text Size

Step 4: Tap Larger Text

iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to Display & Text Size
iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to Larger Text

Step 5: Tap the Larger Accessibility Sizes toggle switch to turn on the feature. It will turn green when activated.

Step 6: Adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen. Slide right to enlarge the font to the desired size or slide left to decrease the font size. When adjusting the slider the text at the top of the screen increases or decreases to match what setting the slider is on.

iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to larger accessibility sizes
iphone screenshot, red arrow pointing to slider bar

What Text Gets Enlarged

After enlarging the text using one of the two ways above not all of the text on the iPhone or iPad will be enlarged. Unfortunately, adjusting the font size only works on certain apps which include mail, contacts, calendar, phone, notes, and other apps that support Dynamic Type. Which does cover a majority of what people use one of these devices for but not everything. However, don’t be dismayed because there are several other ways to access the information that does not get enlarged. I will be covering some of the other options in future articles and videos.

Person holding an iPad and stirringa cup of coffee

Conclusion

Adjusting the text size is a quick and easy way to make an iPhone or iPad more accessible for someone who is struggling to see the default text size. However, this method will not work for everyone and other options may need to be considered, such as high contrast settings, using the built-in zoom feature, or transitioning to audible with the built-in text to speech accessibility feature voiceover. I highly recommend trying this out! For a video tutorial you can click here.

For more iPhone and iPad tutorials visit my tutorial page here.

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Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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