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Build more accessible apps

Accessibility is an important part of any app. Whether you're developing a new app or improving an existing one, consider the accessibility of your app's components.

By integrating accessibility features and services, you can improve your app's usability, particularly for users with disabilities.

Note: Although it's beneficial to add accessibility features in your app, you should use them only for the purpose of helping users with disabilities interact with your app.

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Design your app to support accessibility needs

By following Material Design best practices, you allow all of your users, including users with disabilities, to navigate and interact with your app more easily.

Develop your app using accessibility best practices

As you create your app, follow basic accessibility principles that make a big difference to your users, including color contrast, touch target size, and content labeling.

Identify opportunities to improve your app

Use the Accessibility Scanner app to identify a large variety of ways to improve your app's accessibility, including touch target size, color contrast, and content labeling.

Integrate accessibility checks into Espresso tests

Use a single line of code to run the Accessibility Test Framework checks within your app's Espresso tests.

If you want to create a new interaction model to help people with a specific type of disability, or if your app's content has a particular accessibility requirement, you can create your own accessibility service.

Impact of accessibility

By integrating accessibility features in your app, you make it more inclusive:
  • Increase your app's reach

    According to The World Bank, 15% of the world's population has some type of disability. People with disabilities depend on apps and services that support accessibility to communicate, learn, and work. By making your app more accessible, you can reach more users.

  • Improve your app's versatility

    Accessibility can make it easier for all users, not only those with disabilities, to interact with your app. For example, if someone is using your app while cooking, they can use voice commands instead of touch gestures to navigate.

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Additional resources

To learn more about making your Android app more accessible, see the following additional resources:

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