One of the best things about Android is that it is easily accessible for almost anyone, regardless of age. However, sometimes the interfaces can be a bit confusing, or hard to read, and may not go over well with some older users. A few years ago, we discussed some of the most popular android apps for seniors. Those were great, and they remain extremely popular, but they don’t really do anything to make the Android experience any easier for the older users out there.
This is where these five apps step in to save the day.
Firstly, I think most seniors are far more capable when it comes to this kind of thing than most of us give them credit for. That being said, time marches on, and it eventually catches up with us all. These apps make the experience of using and interacting with the Android OS a much easier experience for older folks who may not be as familiar with this type of technology, or who may struggle with the vision and fine motor-control needed to work other Android Apps.
Note: These apps for seniors were tested on an 80 year old grandpa and a Galaxy Note 3. The screenshots are taken on a Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The apps worked fine and there were no problems faced during testing. Many of the apps here were given a thumbs up from my grandpa as well. Editor’s Note: No grandparents were harmed in the making of this article.
Many manufacturers try to cram as many features into their Android interfaces as they possibly can. This results in a useful but complicated look that can be a bit hard for senior citizens to follow. And in my personal experience, not a lot of seniors want or use most of the included features. Necta Launcher tries to streamline things and make important features of the smartphone more prominent. The icons are large and easily identifiable, the text is big and clear and the interface is kept very simple. There are quick tile contacts available on this launcher, an SOS feature that sends emergency texts and a very easy to use camera. One feature I really like is the ability send your position via SMS, which lets the user quickly and easily send their location easily if they feel lost. All of this combines to really revamp the Android experience and make the device much easier to use.Show Downloads
Familyar is a simple and expertly designed app that allows older folks to not only call important contacts but also do video chats with them. Communicating with all the members of the family has never been easier. Other users can easily share important moments with their older family members by sending photos, videos and even text messages. This is a great way to include relatives that live far away in your life, and keep them connected. There is even a dedicated calendar that can notify the user about appointments, activities and birthdays.Show Downloads
Phonotto Simple Phone Launcher
Phonotto is my personal favorite app on the list because it cuts all the fluff and presents the basic features any Android user would need, in a much more simplified user interface. There are large buttons that allow them to access the essential features. Right on the top you’ll find the clock with big, bold and easily readable numbers. Below that, are three favorite contacts that can be manually added for easy access. After that comes the messages, photos, call and application buttons. This makes any smartphone usable even without glasses. The bright colors are easily identifiable and the large buttons help with using the touch screen. I highly recommend this Android app for seniors not only because of its simple nature but also great design.Show Downloads
Senior Care Compare
Senior Care Compare is an app for US residents that provides detailed information about care providers. It compiles a comprehensive list of senior care provider information that includes Alzheimer’s care, in-home care and assisted-living. The app also has many reviews regarding various elder care services and care centers, so that you can make a proper decision before committing to a particular one. While the goal of the app is to provide a link between the consumer and care providers, it is still in its infancy.Show Downloads
Just as the name implies, Wiser is a simple launcher that puts emphasis on important functions first. One of the best things about this launcher is that it allows you to customize the home screen with simple Icon shortcuts. So for example, if you want the gallery right on the home screen with a prominent button, you can easily do that. You’ll also be able to quickly access favorite contacts, dial numbers using a big dialer pad, send text messages easily and access a clear notification center for all the updates in one place. So, if you are having trouble using your new smartphone and it is getting a bit confusing, this is a good choice to start off with. It is not as refined as the first 2 launchers on this list but it can still be very helpful, and can.Show Downloads
These apps provide a new level of usability to Android devices, making them much easier for older users to get the hang of things quickly. Additionally, many Android smartphone manufacturers are trying to include assistance features right into their own Android version. For example, Samsung devices come with a simple launcher that you can easily access from the settings, it essentially does everything the launchers on this list do. I highly recommend that you check if your manufacturer includes any kind of senior assistive mode or not before checking these apps out.
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