Accessibility isn't a feature on the minds of most users, but to those who need them they can make or break the experience for them.
If you want to market your phone to everyone, you need to design it for everyone to use, and that means designing it for those who maybe can't hear the notification tones that most users take for granted. It means designing it for those who need a little more room to grab the phone. While Google has provided some accessibility features for stock Android, manufacturers often go above and beyond this to help disabled users better use their devices. LG is no different, and we praised the accessibility features in the LG G3 last year, so we're happy to say that they haven't messed with it too much this year, but they've made a few more wonderful touches for this year's LG G4.
As we saw last year, the bulk of the accessibility settings are broken up into three categories based on the issues they relate to: sight, hearing, and motor/cognitive. Of the vision options, you have options to read-out data as you touch the screen and get notifications, and the option to adjust the screen color and zoom for those with slight vision deficits rather than complete blindness. TalkBack has also moved into this menu this year, for users who use the service to hear. Options here that stand out include the screen shade — which dims the backlight, allowing battery savings to users who aren't looking at the screen anyway — and touch zoom, allowing you to zoom by triple-touching the screen. You'd think this might conflict with the double-tap to wake/sleep the screen, but both features get along quite well.
The hearing options are where your system caption settings reside, as well as options to use your notification and flash LEDs to notify you of incoming calls and notifications. You can turn off the sound completely, if you can't hear it anyway, or make it mono rather than stereo. You can also shift the sound balance to the left or the right, which may also come in handy in certain situations, like regularly wearing one earbud.
For motor and cognitive options, you can lengthen the touch feedback time, and limit the the areas of the screen touch controls work on. For those who need a safe spot to grip the phone using the screen, you can also limit touch controls in certain areas in certain apps. There's also touch assistant, which will give a larger buttons for common tasks like volume adjustments and navigation.
Even if you don't intend to use any of the accessibility settings found in this section, you may find yourself visiting from time to time in order to turn on accessibility services for apps like Tasker and Power Toggles. Stay tuned for more LG G4 tips, tricks, and helpful how-tos, and you can find even more help from fellow users in our LG G4 forums.
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