How to increase or decrease font sizes on iPhone and iPad in iOS 7 with Dynamic Type

How to increase or decrease font sizes on iPhone and iPad in iOS 7 with Dynamic Type

If your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 7 you've got a lot more options when it comes to customizing system fonts than ever before. With Dynamic Type and font size, there's a wide array of options available. You can even make text bold throughout iOS 7 if you want. Not sure how to increase or decrease font size? Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Now tap on Text Size.
  4. Move the slider back and forth in order to adjust the general text size. You'll see a preview of what text will look like.

That's all there is to it. Once you're happy with the size, you're done. If you need larger text than what the general Text Size option provides, you can do that too! Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Now tap on Accessibility.
  4. Choose the Larger Type option.
  5. Turn the option to On and then drag the slider left or right to adjust the font size again.

Once you've got a font size you're happy with, that's all there is to it.

Dynamic Type will follow through to any app that supports it which should help for those with visual impairments. Do you use Dynamic Type? Have you increased or decreased font sizes on your iPhone or iPad?

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to increase or decrease font sizes on iPhone and iPad in iOS 7 with Dynamic Type

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I had to do this for my uncle. He needed larger font sizes. I think I had to do it for my aunt as well.

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You can use them in conjunction with each other. If the font size itself doesn't go up as high as you'd like, you can increase it even more by turning on Large Type in accessibility :) They are both Dynamic, Large type is just... well larger :)

I can't get a larger font with Google Chrome. It is a pain in the neck. The font is too small and recipients can barely read it.

I don't need to use this, but shortly after upgrading to iOS 7 I did make use if the option for bolder text. Everything typically looks fine except when I type a review for apps in the App Store - then the text is much larger. It's weird.

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I really wish I could change the size of the status bar, particularly the time. When I have my iPad mini mounted in my car, the time is too small to see with just a glance, I have to spend a extra second or two to get a good look at it, it may not seem like much but it's too much time to take your eyes off the road.

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This feature is great when I'm out & about & don't want to keep reaching for my reading glasses. Whenever someone glances at my phone, usually when I'm texting, they're like "Whoa why us that so large!!!" :)

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Good to see this information mentioned in article. This is something more people should be aware of.

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Question is, how many apps listen or conform to Dynamic Text scaling? Haven't seen the change except in Mail and other Apple apps.

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we need the font size on twitter on the iphone to be BIGGER yes TWITTER before this ios7.04 update you cud change the font size but not anymore can you help us come on you lot

This didn't work for text size in the browser (both Safari and Chrome), where I do most of my reading. Any other solution? Is there a browser that allows me to override the site's CSS, at least for font size?

Hi, how do you enlarge the system text at top of screen (time and battery life) as well as the text below the icons?

Thanks!