How to Change the Size of Text, Icons, and More in Android Nougat

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Android has long allowed you to change the text size, but for some users, it’s just not enough. With Android Nougat, Google incorporated a new feature: the ability to not only change font size, but also other display elements.

Essentially, this means everything from the navigation bar to app icons and menus can be made bigger or smaller—think of it like changing the zoom level in Microsoft Windows. For those who want to see more information on the screen, everything can be made smaller. For those who may have limited vision, every element can be made larger, with the largest setting offering a very dramatic change from the stock size.

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To access this new feature, the first thing you’ll need to do is get into Android’s settings menu. Pull down the notification shade, then pull it a second time to expose the Quick Settings menu. Tap the cog icon in the upper right corner.


From here, scroll down and find the “Display” section. Tap it.


Just below the “Font size” setting, there’s an option called “Display size.” This is what you’re looking for.


After tapping it, there may be a slight delay while the phone loads the Display Size menu, which is broken down into two parts: the Preview window and actually Display Size slider. There are three different views in the Preview Pane: a text message, app icons, and settings menu. These are all dummy windows, of course, and are just there so you can get a better idea of what on-screen elements will look like once the change is activated. Swipe through these previews to cycle through them.

You can adjust the display size by using the plus and minus buttons on either side of the slider—there’s only one option smaller than the default setting, but three larger options. Mess with them all, see which one works best for you. The changes happen in real time, so you’ll instantly know how it’s going to look.



Once you’ve settled on a size, just hit the back button in the upper-left corner. The new sizing will go into effect immediately without the need for a reboot, and you’re done. If you ever want to change it back, simply jump back into the Display Size menu and tweak away.

This is an excellent new feature, especially for users with limited vision. With Nougat, users aren’t as tied down to a small subset of handsets that cater to such disabilities, and as Nougat gains adoption, the choices are only going to get better.


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