4 Large Senior-Friendly Keyboards and Icons for Android

MakeUseOf | 11/19/2019 | Simon Batt
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Smartphones tend to be designed towards the young and trendy, which makes them a pain for the older generation. If you reach for your reading glasses every time somebody messages you, you may benefit from a big-button keyboard or larger icons on your phone.

Here’s how to make the keyboard and icons larger on Android, as well as the best phones for elderly people.

Keyboard - Size - Android - Approaches - Default

If you’d like to know how to change the keyboard size on Android, there are two approaches you can take. The first is to resize the default Gboard keyboard to a bigger scale, and the second involves downloading a third-party keyboard.

If your phone doesn’t have Gboard preinstalled, you’ll need to install it from the Play Store first. You may also be able to perform a similar process on your default keyboard app.

Gboard - Keyboard - Spot - Messaging - Chatbox

To make the Gboard bigger, you’ll first need to open the keyboard appear. You can do so by tapping on a spot where you can type, like in a messaging chatbox.

When the keyboard appears, press and hold on the comma key. You’ll see two green options pop up above the key: a cog and a box. Slide your finger that’s on the comma key over to the cog, then release it.

Menu - Preferences - Keyboard - Height - Slider

In the menu that pops up, tap Preferences, then select Keyboard Height. On the slider that appears, drag the dot to Extra Tall. Tap OK.

Now you’ll have an extra-large keyboard, which makes it easier to type. The keyboard will take up more of the screen, but it’s worth the sacrifice if you’re struggling to type with the default size.

Default - Android - Keyboard - Needs - Handful

If the default Android keyboard doesn’t fit your needs, why not try a new one? There are a handful of big-button keyboards for Android; these ones in particular stand out from the rest.

The first extra-large keyboard option we recommend...
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