How to increase the text size on your Apple Watch

Having difficulty seeing the small text on the already small Apple Watch screen? This tutorial shows you how to increase the text size of your Apple Watch so that it becomes easier to read the text and use your smartwatch comfortably.

Apple Watch with small and large text

If you’re new to Apple Watch or just bought one as a gift for a loved one, it’s a wonderful wearable. You can check your emails, reply to text messages, keep track of your activity, and so much more. However, the small screen can take some getting used to.

Small changes like increasing the text size can make your Apple Watch more useful. Whether you select your apps in list view, want a better way to read emails, or like a larger view of your calendar, make your font the right size for you.

Make the text bigger on Apple Watch

Like with many Apple Watch settings, you can make this change on the watch itself or in the Watch app on your iPhone. Either way, make sure you have your watch handy so you can see if the text size you select works for you.

From its settings

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap Text Size.
  4. Rotate the Digital Crown or tap the AA button to increase the text size. You can see the live changes below and settle on one that’s suitable for your eyesight.
Increase Apple Watch text size from Display and Brightness settings

Tip: In addition to making your Apple Watch text bigger, you can enable Bold Text from Display & Brightness settings. This will ensure you can see everything even more easily!

Apple Watch Bold Text turned off and on

From the Watch app

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and make sure you’re in the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Use the Text Size slider to make the font bigger or smaller. Note that you can see the text size change if you wake your Apple Watch and go to the Settings app or other such screen. With the help of visual confirmation, you can stay with the text size that makes it comfortable to see your watch.
Adjust Apple Watch Text Size from iPhone Watch app

Important note: Not all text will be larger. The Text Size setting supports Dynamic Type for apps that use it, like Apple’s default Watch apps. So, for example, your Watch face complications will not display an increased text size, but texts in Messages will. To increase the overall screen size, consider using the Zoom feature on Apple Watch for easier viewing.

In addition to changing the text size, you can also make your icons bigger and use Taptic Time if you have a hard time seeing some items on the screen.

Do you have other tips like this to make using Apple Watch easier?