COOL TIP: The Little Corner Man In Your Android Phone

You can see him on the lower right hand corner of your Android screen.  And you’ll find him lurking in some other Android functions as well.   We call him Mr. Accessibility.

He is Google’s icon for functions that permit magnification of content on your screen.   It is a function that comes in handy if you have near-sightedness or are struggling to read your screen in daylight.  It also is useful if you are zooming in on photos.  All-in-all, Mr. Accessibility is a useful little chap.

However, he also has created a bit of confusion for Android users.   If you inadvertently tap this icon, you’ll note an orange border is inserted on your screen.   This is Google’s invitation to press on whatever part of the screen you want to magnify.   And, if you have no interest in this function, you are a bit put-out.  So, for those put-outers, here’s a quick fix to rid yourself of Mr. Accessibility:

Settings>Accessibility>Magnification>Off. 

Those four steps remove the little corner man from your opening screen until such time as you decide to return him.   It’s a great tool for seniors but for many Android users, the little man is more bother than he’s worth.

5 replies
  1. Peter Machado
    Peter Machado says:

    I am so thankful to you that man was covering my accessibility to my Other keyboards, my Indic keyboards and Cyrillic keyboards. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

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  2. Doug
    Doug says:

    And following these steps has absolutely zero impact on the little man in the corner. He is still there. In fact when I go to settings there is no selection or box to select magnification. In fact the only options are vision, hearing, dexterity and interaction, etc. I clicked each one of these and there is nothing that says magnification. If someone actually knows how to resolve this it would be appreciated. As for the site it would be helpful if clicking the I’m not a robot didn’t then redirect you to another webpage that is completely unrelated. What a mess.

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    • mshames
      mshames says:

      Doug, this may not be helpful to you, but after receiving your comment, we went back and walked through the steps. It worked fine. Not sure what to recommend but our suggestions are not off-base.

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      • Irisha
        Irisha says:

        hi Doug, I found it finally . You go accessibility, then visibility and then you will find magnification!turn it off:-) worked for me!

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    • Richard
      Richard says:

      Hi Doug

      Try this think it will work.
      Go into Settings – Accessibility. there you should have installed services. Switch off Parrot Link that should do the trick.

      Reply

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