Top free android apps for the visually impaired.

With everyone banging on about how great iPhones are, spare a thought
for those of us who can’t see their fiddly little screens. Here are my
top five free apps for visually impaired Android users.


Catch Notes

This is your basic note-taking and memo app. It’s infuriating to try
and take notes on a touchscreen phone, especially if you are visually
impaired. But with the app’s compatibility with Google’s latest voice
recognition software, it can transcribe your natural speech in real
time. Great for budding novelists – and just think, even with the
occasional lapses in accuracy, you’ll still write better than
Stephanie Meyer.

compass logo

Walky Talky
There are dozens of free satnav apps out there, but few of them are of
use to a visually impaired user who can’t drive, but need help with
navigation. What makes Walky Talky stand out from the pack is that  it
is made for walking and using public transport. It constantly updates
you on your location – even down to the house number you’re walking
past, and vibrates if you’re going the wrong way.

mag glass

Your Magnifying Glass
Using a smartphone to enlarge print is simple, yet ingenious. But Your
Magnifying Glass is simply brilliant. Utilising your phone’s camera,
you can zoom in and out over text, freeze the image, flip it, invert
the colours, light up the page with the camera’s flash, and then save
the image onto your Google Drive to view later.

Ideal installer

Ideal Accessibility Installer
Beneath its clunky interface lie some great features for visually
impaired and blind Android users, including KickBack, SoundBack and
TalkBack. The installer allows the user to add audible, vibration and
spoken elements to any Android device.


There is a large visually impaired community on Audioboo, and the
Android app gives you access to everything that you would expect from
the site. It’s perfect for catching up with the audio version of the
Guardian, packages from Radio 4’s Today, and podcasts from all manner
of people – I recommend Sean Dilley and Documentally.

This entry was posted in Features, Opinion. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Top free android apps for the visually impaired.

  1. Pingback: An Android smartphone for the blind | MyPersonalPhone

  2. Pingback: Visually Impaired and Blind People – Friendly Phone Choices - Carelinkwebpr

  3. Pingback: Or-cam has developed a camera-based systemintended to give the visually impaird the ability to read & move! |

  4. I would like to let you know about ‘erem – Listen to Your News’ app that will be beneficial for blind and visually impaired. ‘erem’ app reads the news aloud to you from the news sources you select or enter into the app. In fact, erem app can read aloud any RSS feed you define in the erem app. ‘erem’ app is FREE and is available in more than 10 languages at the App Store and Google Play. Please visit for download links and more information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s