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TL;DR

  • Code throughout the latest model of the Reddit app for Android suggests rising the app’s font dimension is on the best way.
  • Growing font dimension is a vital accessibility characteristic third-party apps supplied earlier than Reddit pushed them to close down.
  • A Reddit spokesperson confirmed the corporate may have extra to say on this within the coming months.

Replace, November 29, 2023 (07:56 PM ET): A Reddit spokesperson responded to our request for a remark. Right here is the assertion:

We’re at all times exploring methods to supply worth for customers and communities on Reddit and may have extra to share on this within the coming months.

Whereas this isn’t a direct affirmation {that a} font-size management characteristic is coming, it does closely recommend that we are able to anticipate to see it quickly.


Authentic article, November 29, 2023 (05:48 PM ET): With Reddit’s API modifications this 12 months successfully pushing most third-party apps to close down, the official app is now one of many few choices to entry the service. Nonetheless, a characteristic these third-party apps supplied is lacking from the official app: the power to extend the font dimension. Fortunately, new strings showing within the newest model of the Reddit Android app (v.2023.47.0.1303604) recommend the power to customise in-app fonts is on the best way.

An APK teardown helps predict options which will arrive on a service sooner or later primarily based on work-in-progress code. Nonetheless, it’s potential that such predicted options could not make it to a public launch.

Reddit has allowed some extent of font customization within the iOS model of its app. Nonetheless, the Android model has no font controls in any respect. To alter the app’s font, it’s good to change your system’s font by going to Settings > Show > Show dimension and textual content. Sadly, this isn’t as useful as you’ll suppose. As a result of the font used for the Reddit app is so small, it’s good to make your system font comically massive to compensate. This inevitably leads to folks having issue studying Reddit, particularly these with visible impairments.

The brand new strings we see right now give a reasonably clear concept of what might be within the works:

<string title="font_scale_override_slider_content_description">Giant textual content sizes</string>
<string title="font_scale_override_switch_description">Regulate the textual content dimension within the Reddit app with out affecting the remainder of your gadget</string>
<string title="font_scale_override_switch_label">Override gadget settings</string>
<string title="font_size_setting_title">Improve textual content dimension</string>
<string title="font_size_settings_screen_title">Improve textual content dimension</string>

The second string there even offers a full clarification of what to anticipate, which is adjusting the textual content dimension of the Reddit app independently of your cellphone’s system settings. The “override gadget settings” part is extra mysterious, although. It’s potential this will likely be an non-compulsory toggle that you should use if altering the Reddit app’s font doesn’t work as a result of one thing in your system settings is messing with it. Time will inform on that one.

We contacted Reddit for a press release on this however didn’t instantly hear again. We are going to replace this text if and after we get a response. Notably, one among Reddit’s guarantees when it modified its API entry guidelines was to enhance the official app’s accessibility. That promise would make it probably we’ll see font dimension management sooner or later, even when it differs from the strings we see on this newest app model. Nonetheless, one can hope it will launch sooner moderately than later.