How to View Text With Larger Type in iOS Mail and Other Apps

Change the Text Size on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

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Is the font size for iPhone Mail too small for you to read comfortably? What about the text on your iPad or iPod touch? While you can zoom into an email with a finger gesture, it's not really convenient to do every time you need larger text.

In iOS, you can easily increase the size of text in emails by tweaking just a single setting on your device, whether it be an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Changing the text size is helpful for lots of people because handheld devices like the iPhone don't display text large enough for anyone with eye trouble or people who like to hold their phone further away from their face.

Fortunately, later versions of iOS support Dynamic Type, which can be set to increase the font size for many built-in apps, including Mail, Notes, Messages, and Calendar. Accessibility settings can be used to further increase the font size and contrast.

Increase the Font Size in iOS 8+

In iOS 8 and newer, Dynamic Type is supported in a variety of apps using the Display & Brightness setting. Remember that increasing the text size for reading email will also change it for all of the other apps that use Dynamic Type.

  1. From the home screen, choose the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Display & Brightness.
  3. Choose the menu called Text Size.
  4. Drag the slider to increase or decrease the text size.

Increase the Font Size in iOS 7

In iOS 7, the Text Size setting is in the General menu:

  1. Open the Settings app from the home screen.
  2. Open the General menu.
  3. Select Text Size.
  4. Use the slider to adjust the font size.

    Make the Font Size Even Bigger With Accessibility Settings

    To have iOS Mail and other apps display text in an even bigger font size on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, follow these steps:

    1. Access the Settings app from the home screen.
    2. Open the General menu.
    3. Select Accessibility.
    4. Tap Larger Text under the Vision section.
    1. They'll be two options here.

      At the bottom of the screen is a slider to increase the font size as supported by Dynamic Text in iOS 8 and newer.

      At the top of the Larger Text screen is a Larger Accessibility Sizes toggle. Tap that to change it from gray to green for the ability to make the text even larger than you can with the Dynamic Type slider.
    2. Choose the font size that suits you best using the slider.

    Note that this setting will increase the text size across many built-in apps on iOS, not just the Mail app. You can also toggle the Zoom option on under Accessibility to render everything on the screen more easily recognizable.

    • Zoom magnifies the entire screen, letting you double-tap with three fingers to zoom and drag three fingers to move around the screen.
    • You can also bold all the text on your device through the Accessibility settings. This will make things stand out even more.
    • Use the Increase Contrast menu in the Accessibility settings to reduce transparency and blurs on some of the backgrounds of the device to improve legibility. You can also toggle Darken Colors to improve contrast.
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