Apple Watch Accessibility Features

By Marc Saltzman

Although you can use any of the many third-party app options to enhance accessibility, here is a short preview of Apple Watch’s accessibility options, which refer to features designed for those with visual or aural impairments. Not unlike myriad options on iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and OS X for Mac, Apple Watch comes loaded with accessibility options you can enable in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

Specifically, you can enable these options:

  • VoiceOver: A screen reader available in one of 14 languages.

  • Font Adjustment: Adjust (enlarge) fonts in many apps, such as Mail, Messages, and Settings.

  • Bold Text: Enhancing text to make it easier to read.

  • Extra Large (“X-Large”) Watch Face: A watch face with bigger hour/minute numbers.

  • Zoom: Easily magnify information on the screen.

  • Grayscale: Strips color from various apps and menu screens.

  • Reduce Transparency: Reduces the contrast to make text easier to read.

  • On/Off Labels: Making it easier to access settings to enable or disable features.

  • Reduce Motion: Home screen is easier to navigate.

  • Mono Audio: Sends same-channel audio to both ears or you can increase/decrease the volume in one ear.

  • Prominent Haptic: Slightly more pronounced vibration.