Accessibility of my phone
There are plenty of ways for you to personalize your Windows Phone, and it has built-in accessibility features that can make it easier to see, hear, and use.

Notes

This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
Narrator, browser caption customization, and other accessibility features may not be available in your country or region. For more info, see Feature and service availability.
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The ease of access settings screen

To change the text size
You can choose from a range of text sizes for your phone. The text size you choose will show up in email, messaging, your lock screen, some webpages, and some other places.

In the App list, tap Settings icon > Ease of access
Under Text size, move the slider until the sample text size is the size you want
To use a high-contrast theme
High contrast makes everything easier to read by changing text to black and white and providing a solid background behind words that would otherwise be on top of pictures.

In the App list, tap Settings > Ease of access
Turn on High contrast

Tips
You can also choose a theme color for the phone that provides higher contrast on its own. The highest contrast theme is the dark background with yellow accent. To change the accent color, go to Settings > Start + theme

To change the color scheme for the calendar, in the App list, tap Calendar > Settings. Then, for each calendar, select the color you want to use
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The Start screen with high contrast turned on

To turn on Narrator
Narrator reads aloud text on your phone, including the text found in emails, text messages, settings, and more. For more information on how to use this feature, including a full list of Narrator-specific gestures, see Use Narrator on my phone.

In the App list, tap Settings > Ease of access
Turn on Narrator On icon

Note
Narrator is only available on Windows Phone 8.1

Tip
Turn on Narrator quick launch and you'll be able to turn Narrator on or off with a quick button combo—press and hold the Volume Up button, and then press the Start button.

To magnify the screen
The screen magnifier lets you use gestures to enlarge any screen you're viewing.

In the App list, tap Settings > Ease of access
Turn on Screen magnifier
On any screen, double-tap with two fingers to magnify it. Once it's magnified, you can try the following:

To move around the entire screen (even the parts that aren't showing because you're zoomed in), use two fingers to single-tap and hold anywhere on the screen, then pan in any direction
To change the zoom level while the screen is magnified, use two fingers to double-tap and hold, then pan up or down to increase or decrease magnification
To scroll up or down while the screen is magnified, first pan to the edge of the screen. Once you reach the edge, you can scroll as you normally would by swiping or panning with one finger

Tip
It can be tricky to get the hang of the two-finger double-tap. If it's not working for you right away, try angling your fingers so they aren't too far apart, and so they both touch your phone at the same time.

To zoom on any web content
You can set your phone to zoom in or out on any webpage, even if a site or app doesn't normally let you.

In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Ease of access
Turn on Allow zooming on all web content
On any webpage, spread your thumb and forefinger apart to zoom in or pinch them together to zoom out
To turn on more options for Speech
You can make calls, search the web, open apps, or listen to text messages with Speech, and turn on more features that help you use your phone hands-free or even eyes-free, like talking caller ID for phone calls. For more, see Use Speech on my phone.

In the App list, tap Settings > Ease of access
Turn on Speech for phone accessibility

Tip
In Windows Phone 8, you can find the instructions for using these Speech features on your phone by tapping Help after Speech opens. In Windows Phone 8.1, just say "Help" any time while Speech is active to display some examples of how to use it.

Notes

If you use Cortana, you can still use Speech in the same ways
mentioned above
Cortana is only available on Windows Phone 8.1

To customize browser captions (video closed captioning)
You can customize the appearance of captions for videos in Internet Explorer and apps that use the browser to display content. Change the font size and color, background transparency, and more until it's just how you want it.

In the App list, tap Settings > Ease of access
Tap Browser captions, then turn on Custom fonts and colors
Tap each option to change your font, text, background, and window preferences
Note
Browser caption customization is only available on Windows Phone 8.1.