Android Accessibility Applications

Android has the largest number of third-party applications available with over 2.8 million from which to choose. Many of these applications are designed to assist individuals with disabilities.

With a very open platform and philosophy, Android facilitates the development of applications that are not possible on other operating systems. For example, Android can support head-tracking solutions for people with mobility disabilities, as well as replace the native dialer and messaging applications with those that are much better for people with vision impairments.

RAZ Mobility has compiled and presents many of the best accessibility applications available on Google Play*. The applications are grouped disability type and include a brief description.

The selection is based on the value of application features for individuals with disabilities, the overall user experience and reliability.

Smartphone display with RAZ Mobility Accessibility Application Installer Screen showing a selection of applications for hard of hearing individuals

A great option for exploring accessibility applications is the RAZ Mobility Accessibility Application Installer. The app offers a user-friendly selection tool based on type of disability allowing users to easily find and install helpful applications.

The RAZ Mobility Application Installer is free and is available on Google Play.

Get it on Google Play

This section provides information about third-party applications. To see more info about Android built-in accessibility features, click the button below.

Built-in Accessibility


*RAZ Mobility is not the developer of these applications and does not assume any liability or responsibility related to their use.

HEARING

ASL American Sign Language

This application will teach you ASL.

Developer: 10mB

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Ava

An application that facilitates 2-way communication between deaf and hearing people who don’t know sign language.

Useful video

Developer: Ava Accessibility

$28.99

Rating: 3.3*

BaSigning – My Smart Hands

Learn over 300 ASL signs to use when teaching your bahow to sign.

Developer: My Smart Hands

$0.99

Rating: 4.1*

BaSigning Lite

Learn 50 ASL signs to use when teaching your bahow to sign.

Developer: My Smart Hands

FREE

Rating: 4.0*

BeWarned

BeWarned offers several capabilities in one platform for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These include a sound monitor, the ability to communicate with people who are not deaf or hard of hearing, listen to music through vibrations and flashing lights and informing friends when there is an emergency.

Developer: BeWarned Inc.

FREE

Rating: 4.5*

ClearCaptions

Like Closed captions on your TV, ClearCaptions on your phone calls lets you hear, eliminating the frustration of hearing on the phone.

Developer: ClearCaptions

FREE

Rating: 3.1*

Closed Captions

A video player that allows you to watch videos with closed captioning.

Developer: Worldnow Android

FREE

Rating: 3.5*

Connect BeWarned

The app helps deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with the hearing. The app converts speech to text and vice versa.

Developer: BeWarned Inc.

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Convo Mobile

Experience natural video relay service and direct video calls with Convo Mobile!

Developer: Convo Communications

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Glide – Video Chat Messenger

Send lightning fast video messages, see responses live or when its convenient.

Useful video

Developer: Glide

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

Google Duo

Google Duo is a simple one-to-one video calling app that can be used to call anyone who has a smartphone, whether they have an Android device or iPhone.

Useful video

Developer: Google

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

Hamilton Captel

With this app you may listen to your phone conversations while reading word-for-word captions of what’s said to you – similar to captions on TV.

Developer: Hamilton Mobile CapTel

FREE

Rating: 3.6*

Learn ASL

Teach yourself the basics of sign language with this app.

Developer: Really Useful Information Apps

FREE

Rating: 3.5*

ntouch Mobile

Ntouch Mobile, the SVRS app that turns your phone into a VP.

Developer: Sorenson Communications

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

P3 Mobile for Android

Make VRS, V2V and P2P calls with friendly interpreters – anywhere, anyplace.

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Developer: Purple Communications

FREE

Rating: 4.2*

Petralex Hearing aid

Petralex is a hearing aid application that auto-adjusts sound to your personal hearing profile, allowing you to better hear the sounds around you.

Useful video

Developer: IT4YOU

FREE

Rating: 3.9*

ProDeaf Translator

ProDeaf translates phrases and words from English to ASL, or Portuguese to Brazilian Sign Language (Libras).

Useful video

Developer: ProDeaf Tecnologias Assistivas

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Sign Short Message Service

Send messages using a sign language alphabet of your choice.

Developer: SSMS

FREE

Rating: 4.1*

Skype

Messaging, video and audio calling app that can be used to call anyone who has a smartphone or tablet, whether they have an Android device or iPhone.

Developer: Skype Communication

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Sprint IP Relay

Sprint IP Relay is for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, or have a speech disability to place relay calls and communicate using text.

Developer: Sprint

FREE

Rating: 4.0*

TextHear Personal Hearing Aid

This app helps people who are hard of hearing instantly converting natural speech into text and displaying the text in large font on the screen.

Developer: TextHear Ltd

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Viber

Viber is a messaging app that allows the user to message or call (including video calls) anyone in the world through your internet connection.

Developer: Viber Media S.a.r.l.

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

Whatsapp

A messaging app that uses your phone’s internet connection to let you message, call or video call your friends.

Useful video

Developer: WhatsApp Inc.

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

VISION

Aira

Aira provides personalized assistance from trained Aira agents, family members or friends. utilizing live video, audio and data streams, these agents serve as visual interpreters helping customers understand the environment around them.

Useful video

Developer: Aira Tech Corp.

FREE*

Rating: 5.0*

Audiobooks from Audible

Home to a library of over 180,000 audio books, podcasts and audible channels.

Developer: Audible

$14.95/month

Rating: 4.4*

BARD Mobile

Access and read talking books from NLS BARD on your Android device.

Useful video

Developer: Library of Congress

FREE

Rating: 4.2*

Be My Eyes – helping the blind see

Bringing Sight to the Blind and Visually Impaired. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.

Useful video

Developer: Be My Eyes

FREE

Rating: 4.9*

Braille

This app is a simple way to convert text to Braille notation and vice versa.

Developer: Giuseppe Romano

FREE

Rating: 4.8*

CamFind – Visual Search Engine

Take a picture of any object to perform search on that object.

Developer: CamFind

FREE

Rating: 4.0*

Claria Zoom – Low Vision

ClariaZoom makes your devices accessible and easy to read thanks to its big character interface, large keyboards and contrasted color themes.

Useful video

Developer: Claria Vision

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Dragon Mobile Assistant

A personal virtual assistant that allows the user to send and receive text messages, post Facebook and Twitter updates, emails and much more, all hands free.

Developer: Nuance Communications, Inc.

FREE

Rating: 4.5*

Eye-D

Eye-D helps the blind and visually impaired be location aware, explore and navigate to nearplaces of interest, evaluate surroundings with their smartphone camera and read printed text.

Developer: GingerMind Technologies

$3.49

Rating: 4.5*

Eye-D Pro

Eye-D helps visually impaired be location aware, explore and navigate to nearplaces of interest, evaluate surroundings with their smartphone camera and read printed text. Similar to free version of the Eye-D application but without advertisements and with some additional features.

Developer: GingerMind Technologies

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Freemotion light detector

Allows people who are blind to detect changes in light or movement.

Developer: Vision Android

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

GetThere GPS nav for blind

GetThere tells you where you are and how to get to your destination. At any time you can ask GetThere to tell you where you are, simply shaking your mobile device.

Developer: Lew Lasher

FREE

Rating: 4.2*

Giganticon – Big Icons

Giganticon lets you have big icons on your home screen for any app you want.

Developer: Gabriel Taubman

$1.99

Rating: 3.7*

IDEAL Item Identifier

This app reads the content of QR codes out loud. It also allows the user to create QR codes to label clothes, canned items, etc.

Useful video

Developer: IDEAL Group

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

IDEAL Magnifier

A magnifier for people with low vision.

Useful video

Developer: IDEAL Group

FREE

Rating: 3.4*

IDEAL Talking Tags

This application is a talking label maker/reader application.

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Developer: IDEAL Group

FREE

Rating: 3.9*

IDEAL U.S. Currency Identifier

Identifies U.S. currency notes for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Developer: IDEAL Group

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader uses OCR to read any printed text aloud to you.

Useful video

Developer: Sensotec

Free trial, $99 for full version

Rating: 3.9*

NearExplorer

A GPS app designed for use people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment. It uses onboard maps so a data connection is not required.

Useful video

Developer: American Printing House for the Blind

$79.99

Rating: 5.0*

Talking Caller ID

This simple application speaks the caller’s name from your contacts.

Developer: Kashifz Studio

FREE

Rating: 4.1*

TapTap See

An app designed to identify objects for blind and visually impaired users.

Developer: CamFind

FREE

Rating: 4.2*

SPEECH

2Talk AAC

Type words and Android will speak them for you. You can adjust the pitch, speed of the speech and font size. The app supports multiple languages.

Developer: res dev team

$16.99

Rating: 3.8*

AAC Talking Tabs

AAC Talking Tabs is a simple AAC device, mostly for children. In addition to supporting person-to-person communication, it allows the user to create their own books using images.

Developer: Andrea Colzi

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Alexicom AAC

Allows the user to use their android phone or tablet as an augmentative communication device. It offers over 1,200 pre-made pages and over 7,000 images in their public libraries.

Developer: Alexicom Tech

FREE

Rating: 3.7*

Avaz – AAC App for Autism

Avaz is a full-featured AAC app developed for children who are non-verbal or have difficulty speaking. Avaz uses picture symbols and high-quality voice synthesis to help users create messages.

Useful video

Developer: Avaz Inc.

$74.99

Rating: 4.5*

Google Duo

Google Duo is a simple one-to-one video calling app that can be used to call anyone who has a smartphone, whether they have an Android device or iPhone.

Useful video

Developer: Google

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

Google Handwriting Input

This Google app allows the user to input characters with their native Google keyboard writing with their finger, rather than typing. This can be much faster for some users.

Useful video

Developer: Google

FREE

Rating: 4.3*

LetMeTalk: Free AAC Talker

LetMeTalk is a free app for AAC. Useful for autism, speech, apraxia and more.

Useful video

Developer: Appnotize UG

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Skype

Messaging, video and audio calling app that can be used to call anyone who has a smartphone or tablet, whether they have an Android device or iPhone.

Developer: Skype Communication

FREE

Rating: 4.6*

Speak for Me – Text to Speech

Type words and Android will speak them for you. The user can adjust the pitch and speed of the speech.

Developer: OnellDev

FREE

Rating: 4.1*

Speech Assistant AAC

Speech Assistant is a text based AAC app that allows you to create categories and phrases, which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken.

Developer: ASoft.nl

FREE

Rating: 3.9*

TalkTablet – AAC

Award winning TalkTablet is the only fully featured symbols-based AAC app that is avaible for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices…with the ability to share buttons and pages between platforms. This version is for Android devices only.

Developer: Gus Communication Devices Inc

$79.99

Rating: 3.8*

Type and Speak

Type words and Android will speak them for you. You can adjust the pitch, speed of the speech and font size. The app supports multiple languages.

Useful video

Developer: Googamaphone

FREE

Rating: 3.8*

COGNITION

AutismXpress

This app encourages people with autism to have fun and recognize and express emotions through games.

Developer: StudioEmotion

FREE

Rating: 3.6*

AutismXpress Pro

This app improves upon the free version of the app and features two new games designed to help people with autism identify and express their emotions.

Developer: StudioEmotion

$1.96

Rating: 3.6*

Avaz – AAC App for Autism

Avaz is a full-featured AAC app developed for children who are non-verbal or have difficulty speaking. Avaz uses picture symbols and high-quality voice synthesis to help users create messages.

Useful video

Developer: Avaz Inc.

$74.99

Rating: 4.5*

Big Launcher

This app provides a simple interface for people with cognitive disabilities or seniors who want an easy-to-use android experience.

Developer: BIG Launcher

$9.99

Rating: 4.4*

Senior Safety Phone

A simplified user interface with large colorful buttons, various safety features, save medical data which can be shared in case of an emergency, send your location when you are lost and more.

Useful video

Developer: Deskshare, Inc.

FREE

Rating: 4.4*

Wiser – Simple Senior Launcher

Wiser is a very simple launcher that provides an easy-to-use interface that allows someone to easily manage and use their smartphone. Everything is large and colorful and well organized.

Useful video

Developer: UIU Ltd

FREE

Rating: 3.9*