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Trouble Using Your Hands? Android Can Help

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

If you’ve got problems with your hands or fingers, or other mobility problems, using the touch screen of a smartphone can be difficult.

Fortunately, the Android operating system has some built-in accessibility options to make it easier for you. Since every Android device is just a little different, the options will look slightly different depending on the device and the version of Android. For this tip, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy.

Let’s check it out. First, you’ll need to find Settings on your phone or tablet.


Then choose Accessibility.

android accessibility

Choose Dexterity.


Then tap Assistant menu.


This creates a handy assistant menu that puts the tasks you need most just a touch away. The icon looks like this.


Open it and you’ll have easy access to tasks that might otherwise require several steps.


Turn it on and your first option will be to change your dominant hand for the devices.  You can move the Assistant menu to either the right or the left side.


Your next choice is Edit.


This allows you to customize and order the Assistant menu.


I also have options to adjust the size of the touchpad and the cursor. You can also control the speed of the cursor.


Back under Dexterity, you can change the Press and hold delay. By lengthening the time, it prevents you from accidentally opening or activating something by accidentally tapping the wrong place.


Interaction control allows you block off areas of the screen and can also prevent auto-rotation.

As I said earlier, the options will vary depending on your phone and version of Android, so you’ll need to explore what’s available for your device.

~ Cynthia



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