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A guide to personalising your phone

Marjo
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Hi everyone,

 

Have you ever struggled to read your text messages because of the font being too small to read? Or wondered if elements on your device's display could be bigger, smaller, darker or brighter based on your personal preference?  There are many many different aspects of your device which can be personalised to your own tastes and needs, and we've collected a few examples we've found handy below!

 

I hope this guide is of help to you when you want to customise your phone, or if you are helping someone else with customisation-related queries. It would be great to keep this guide developing with the help from our community, so don't hesitate to suggest in the comments if you have any additional handy features in mind. Smiley Happy

 


 

Handy phone features for Android & iOS

Text size

Magnification / Zooming

Dark Mode / Dark Theme

Colour Inversion/Invert Colour

Correction / Colour Filters

Colour One handed mode / Reachability

 

Other helpful features and tips

 

Extend time before voicemail

Magnifier on iOS

Simple/Easy Mode on Android

Listening Mode on iOS

Voice Control on Android

 

 
 

Text size:

If you struggle to see text on your phone display or just want to adjust the font in your text messages for whatever reason, you can do that in your phone settings on both Android and iOS.

 

Steps for Android:

 

Here's how you can find the Text Size options on your Android device and adjust them:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Display'
3) Choose 'Text and display size'
4) Drag the first slider to your preferred text size.

Screenshots of the above steps, using a Huawei P20:
Adjusting Text Size on Android - step 1Adjusting Text Size on Android - step 2Adjusting Text Size on Android - step 3

Once you have adjusted the size, you can immediately see how it changes the text on the screen - before and after photos:
Adjusting Text Size on Android - beforeAdjusting Text Size on Android - after

 

Steps for iOS:

 

Here's how you can find the Text Size options on your iOS device and adjust them:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose Accessibility
3) Choose Display & Text Size
4) Choose Larger Text 
4) Turn on 'Larger Accessibility Sizes'
5) Drag the slider to your preferred text size.

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 13.5
Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 1Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 2Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 3
Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 4Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 5

Once you have increased or decreased the text size, you can see it in effect for example in your iMessages (before and after photos):
iOS Text Size example 1iOS Text Size example 2

Note that we also have a Guru video here about increasing text size on both iOS and Android which you might find helpful in case you prefer video instructions over text. slight_smile

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Magnification / Zooming:

This feature is helpful if you struggle to see what's on your display, allowing you to zoom into your device's screen when needed.

Steps for Android:

 

Here's how you can find the Magnification option and use it on your Android device:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Magnification'
4) Turn on 'Magnification by triple-tap'

Once this is turned on, you can zoom in to make the view on your display bigger by triple-tapping on the screen. Drag two fingers to pan across the screen, and adjust the zoom level by pinching two fingers together or spreading them apart. You can zoom out again with the triple-tap.

 

Steps for IOS

 

Here's how you can find and use the Zoom option on your iOS device:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Turn on 'Zoom'

This will zoom into your screen, and you can zoom out again by double-tapping three fingers. To move around the screen while zoomed in, drag with three fingers. Double-tag three fingers again and drag to change zoom.

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 13.5
Using Zoom on iOS - step 1Using Zoom on iOS - step 2Using Zoom on iOS - step 3

Back to menu

 

Dark Mode / Dark Theme:

You can change your display from a light background to dark with Dark Mode on iOS and Dark Theme on Android. This setting turns your operating system and supported apps such as WhatsApp dark in colour.

Steps for Android:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Display'
4) Turn on 'Dark Theme'

 

Steps for iOS:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Display & Brightness'
3) Choose 'Dark'
4) Enabling 'Automatic' below lets you decide a specific time of day when the system automatically turns your display dark.


Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 7+

Dark Mode on iOS - step 1Dark Mode on iOS - step 2Dark Mode on iOS - step 3

After Dark Mode enabled:

Dark Mode on iOS - after

 

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Colour Inversion/Invert Colour:

Colour Inversion on Android and Invert Colour on iOS also affect your screen, however, unlike Dark Mode and Dark Theme above, this setting also applies to colours in media elements such as videos. With this feature, black text on a white screen becomes white text on a black screen, for example.

Steps for Android:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Smart assistance'
3) Choose 'Accessibility'
4) Enable 'Colour inversion'

Screenshots of the above steps, using a Huawei P20:

Colour Inversion on Android - step 1Colour Inversion on Android - step 2Colour Inversion on Android - step 3

Before and after:

Colour Inversion on Android - beforeColour Inversion on Android - after

 

Steps for iOS:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Display & Text Size'
4) Enable either 'Smart Invert' or 'Classic Invert

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 8:

Invert Colour on iOS - step 1Invert Colour on iOS - step 2

Smart invert - before and after:

Invert Colour on iOS - Smart Invert - beforeInvert Colour on iOS - Smart Invert - after

Classic Invert - before and after:

Invert Colour on iOS - Classic Invert - beforeInvert Colour on iOS - Classic Invert - after

 

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Colour Correction / Colour Filters

These settings help your device compensate for colour blindness and aid those who have difficulty reading text on the screen. If you have trouble telling different colours apart on your device, you can turn on a setting called Colour Correction on Android, and Colour Filters on iOS.

Steps for Android:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Smart assistance'
3) Choose 'Accessibility'
4) Choose 'Colour correction'
5) Enable 'Colour correction' and pick your preferred correction mode at the bottom: Deuteranomaly (red-green), Protanomaly (red-green) or Tritanomaly (blue-yellow).

Screenshots of the steps above, using a Huawei P20:

Colour Correction on Android - step 1Colour Correction on Android - step 2Colour Correction on Android - step 3
Colour Correction on Android - step 4

Before and after - Tritanomaly:

Tritanomaly - beforeTritanomaly - after

Before and after - Protanomaly:

Protanomaly - beforeProtanomaly - after

Before and after: Deuteranomaly:

Deuteranomaly - beforeDeuteranomaly - after

 

Steps for iOS:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Display & Text Size'
4) Choose 'Colour Filters'
5) Enable 'Colour Filters' and you can see the different filter options below: Greyscale, Red/Green, Green/Red, Blue/Yellow and Colour Tint.

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 7+

Colour Filters on iOS - step 1Colour Filters on iOS - step 2Colour Filters on iOS - step 3

Colour Filters on iOS - step 4Colour Filters on iOS - step 5

Back to menu

 

One handed mode / Reachability:

Some smartphones are quite big and it can be challenging to reach the top-most part of the screen. For this, the one-handed mode on some Android devices and the Reachability feature on iOS might come in handy, as it brings the display lower towards your hand.

 

Steps for Android:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Smart assistance'
3) Choose 'One-handed mode'
4) Enable One-handed mode

Screenshots of the above steps, using a Huawei P20:

One-handed mode on Android - step 1One-handed mode on Android - step 2One-handed mode on Android - step 3

Before and after:

One-handed mode on Android - beforeOne-handed mode on Android - after

 

Steps for iOS:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Touch'
4) Enable Reachability

To use it, double-tap the Home button to bring the top of the screen closer to your hand.

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 8: 

Colour Filters on iOS - step 1Reachability on iOS - step 2Reachability on iOS - step 3

Before and after:

Reachability on iOS - beforeReachability on iOS - after

Back to menu

 

Other helpful features and tips

 

 

O2 customers only: Extend time before voicemail:

Dial the code listed in the table using the phone keypad:

Length of ring Code to dial
5 seconds **61*901*11*05#
10 seconds **61*901*11*10#
15 seconds **61*901*11*15#
20 seconds **61*901*11*20#
25 seconds **61*901*11*25#
30 seconds **61*901*11*30#

 

For more Voicemail advice, check out our community how-to guide on Voicemail.

Back to menu

 

Magnifier on iOS:

The magnifier feature on iOS lets you use your device's camera to quickly magnify your surroundings - basically turning your phone into a magnifying glass! This is helpful for e.g. reading small print on a restaurant menu or anywhere else. Check below the steps for how to turn the feature on and how to use it.

 

Steps for iOS:

To enable Magnifier:
1) Go to Settings
2) Go to 'Accessibility'
3) Choose 'Magnifier' and enable it

To use Magnifier:
Triple-click the Home button to use your phone as a magnifying glass

Screenshots of the above steps, using an iPhone 8:
Adjusting Text Size on iOS - step 1Magnifier on iOS - step 1Magnifier on iOS - step 2

Before and after:

Magnifier on iOS - before Magnifier on iOS - after

 

Back to menu

 

Simple/Easy Mode on Android:

Switching to Simple/Easy Mode makes your home screen layout simplified with larger icons and text.

 

Steps for Android:

 

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'System'
3) Choose 'Simple Mode'
4) Choose 'Enable'

Screenshots of the above steps, using a Huawei P20:

Simple Mode on Android step 1Simple Mode on Android step 2Simple Mode on Android step 3

Before and after:

Simple Mode on Android - beforeSimple Mode on Android - after

 

Back to menu

 

Listening Mode on iOS:

You can change how hearing controls appear in your Control Centre screen.

 

Steps for iOS:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Control Centre'
3) Choose 'Hearing' from the list to add it to the items included in Control Centre.
4) You can now see the Hearing icon in your Control Centre screen.

Screenshots of the above steps:

Listening Mode on iOS - step 1Listening Mode on iOS - step 2Listening Mode on iOS - step 3

After enabling Hearing in Control Centre, it looks like this - iPods example:

Listening Mode on iOS - after Listening Mode on iOS - after

 

Voice Control on Android:

You can answer or reject calls on your phone with your voice instead of tapping on the answer/reject buttons.

 

Steps:

1) Go to Settings
2) Choose 'Smart assistance'
3) Choose 'Voice control'
4) Enable 'Answer calls with voice control'

Screenshots of the above steps, using a Huawei P20:

Voice Control on Android - step 1Voice Control on Android - step 2Voice Control on Android - step 3

After enabling the feature, you can say 'Answer call' or 'Reject call' when someone is calling you:

Voice Control on Android - afterVoice Control on Android - after

 

Back to menu


 

Which features on the list have you tried so far? Please do comment if you have any additional features you've come across that we could add to the above - we'd love to keep the guide developing based on tips from the community! Smiley Happy

 

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A brilliant well laid out guide @Marjo smiling

A lot of work has gone into this thumbsup

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What a brilliant guide @Marjo 

I am sure many will find this helps solve problems they may have.

Credit for all the work you have put in putting this together.

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Brilliant @Marjo 

Could you add this to the Index of community guides please?

It needs a hashtag, #personal?

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PS @Marjo 

Do we have to vote for this as best guide for 2020? LOL

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@Cleoriff wrote:

PS @Marjo 

Do we have to vote for this as best guide for 2020? LOL


Best up to now.....

.....although we have the '@viridis' report yet to come!

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Great, comprehensive guide there @Marjo.
Took some putting together no doubt!

Please note, this is not customer services and we cannot access your account. Do not publish personal details (email, phone number, bank account).


Link to our guide on how to contact them can be found here

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Marjo
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Thanks guys for the positive comments slight_smile

 

@Cleoriff It's in the index now. It's been a while since I've added any guide mentions myself so let's see if it works, I'll try: A guide to personalising your phone 

 

Edit: It worked! Just put the # and start writing personalisation and it should appear!

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PS @Marjo 

Do we have to vote for this as best guide for 2020? LOL


laughing Let's do that O2 Extras one first and then see grin grin

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I've already opted out of that one Marjo.

I have NEVER had an extra (except for O2 Travel and that's a bolt on.)

As I find it difficult to talk about stuff I'm clueless about and have no experience of, I woudn't attempt it.

All I do know is, we have given advice to....

1) Manage my Extra in My O2.....that doesn't work for some.

2) Cancel via the Extra site, that doesn't work as members are referred back to O2

3) Speak to O2, which doesn't work as some O2 advisors have told members they have no idea what they are talking about.

So, in my opinion we need a clever clogs who has had an Extra and managed to cancel it. LOL

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