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How to use Dynamic Type to Increase Text Size on your iPad

12th January 2020

Jacob Woolcock


Learn how to utilise Dynamic Type on your iPad to adjust text size for improved readability across the system and various apps. Whether you need larger text for easier reading or prefer a more compact view to fit more information on your screen, this tutorial guides you through the settings and customisation options.

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Let’s have a look at how we can use Dynamic Type to increase text size right across the iPad. To activate this feature, we’re going to go into Settings and then we’re going down to Display and Brightness. At the bottom of this page is an option for Text Size. When you drag that slider, you’ll see a preview in real time. You can get to a pretty large font size using this setting, and if I drag it right to the end, you’ll see how that affects it on the side of my screen. With the font size increased, if I open up another app on the iPad, for example Files, you should notice that all of the text is easier to read as it’s larger. However, you can go larger again if you need that writing bigger to make it easier to read.

For this, go onto Settings, then Accessibility, and then on Text Size, you’re going to enable Larger Text Sizes. Then you can drag that slider even further to the right to increase the size of the font on screen. We can see the impact this has by again opening the Files app. Of course, the opposite is true as well, and if you’d like to have smaller writing so you can fit more on your screen, you can decrease the Dynamic Text size to make it smaller than the system standard. This will affect many apps and it will allow you to see more information on the screen should you wish. A lot of apps will include support for Dynamic Text. Not all of them, but the majority of Apple ones particularly do include this feature.

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