Apple Watch models are available in 40mm and 44mm sizes to compensate for different wrist shapes and to offer customers the choice of a smaller or bigger screen. Whichever model size you go for, both feature clear and bright OLED screens that are designed to display text as clearly as possible.

applewatchseries4sizesgold
However, if you're longsighted or you regularly suffer from eyestrain, no amount of backlighting will make up for text that is just too small to be comfortable to read. The good news is that Apple Watch includes a system-wide feature that lets you increase the text size on the screen.

Note that the setting described below supports Dynamic Type for apps that support it, including all of Apple's native Apple Watch apps. This means text in app like Messages and Mail will be shown with the increased text size, but some third-party apps and any complications on your watch face won't be affected. If that's not comprehensive enough for you, you may find using the Apple Watch zoom feature to your advantage.

Keep reading to learn how to adjust text size on Apple Watch.

How to Increase Text Size on Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and select the Settings app from the apps list.
  2. Scroll down and select Display & Brightness.
    settings

  3. Tap Text Size.
  4. Move the slider to the right to make the text larger.
    settings

  5. If the text is still difficult to read, tap the chevron in the upper left of the screen to return to the previous menu, where you can try enabling Bold Text using the toggle.

As with many Apple Watch features, you can also control the Text Size option in from your iPhone. Simply launch the Watch app, hit the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen, then select Display & Brightness, where you'll find a similar slider to adjust the text size on your watch in real time.

watch app
If you find this feature useful, don't forget that there are other accessibility features available on Apple Watch, such as the ability to zoom the screen, make icons bigger, or even have your watch use haptic vibrations to tap out the time on your wrist on the hour.

Related Forum: Apple Watch

Related Stories

General Apps FaceTime

How to Make a FaceTime Call on Apple Watch

Tuesday January 25, 2022 8:09 pm PST by
When most people hear the word FaceTime, they think of Apple's call service as a video communications platform. But you don't need a camera to use FaceTime, because it supports audio calls too. That means you can use it on Apple Watch as long as it's connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. If you've ever taken a phone call on your Apple Watch when your iPhone isn't within easy reach, you'll know...
iphone 13 notch battery percent

How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone

Monday February 28, 2022 3:18 pm PST by
If you have an iPhone with a notch, you'll have noticed that the battery level indicator in the top-right corner of the screen doesn't show the actual percentage of battery that's left. With older iPhones that feature no notch, Apple includes an option within settings to toggle the percentage on or off, but if your iPhone has a notch, there's no setting that will enable it....
unlock iphone apple watch

Unlock with Apple Watch Not Working? Here's How to Fix the Problem

Monday August 16, 2021 10:21 am PDT by
When Apple introduced iOS 14.5 in April, it introduced the ability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, so long as you are wearing an Apple Watch. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In the current health climate, many people are wearing masks that cover their faces when going outside, visiting stores, and other tasks, which is why Apple added the...
applewatchfaceswatchos7

How to Automatically Change Your Apple Watch Face Based on Time or Location

Thursday February 24, 2022 1:12 pm PST by
If you find yourself regularly swiping to a different watch face on your Apple Watch depending on what you're doing or where you are, this article is for you. Because thanks to the power that Apple has built into its Shortcuts app, it's possible to make the watch face on your Apple Watch automatically change based on the time of day or your location. Keep reading to learn how. One of the...
ipados 15 live text

How to Disable Live Text on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday February 15, 2022 12:24 pm PST by
In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple's Live Text feature can automatically recognize text when it appears in your camera's viewfinder, in a photo or screenshot you've taken, and in Safari, and let you copy or share it. Sometimes, however, the text auto-detection can become a distraction, and you might prefer to turn it off, either completely or just for the Camera app. This article explains how. Ho...
gmail privacy added feature

How to Send Expiring Emails on iPhone and iPad

Monday February 28, 2022 3:08 pm PST by
Unlike Apple Mail, Gmail for iPhone and iPad offers users the facility to send emails that are passcode protected and expire after a specified time. This article explains how it's done. If you need to send private information to someone over email, it's best to do it securely, which is why Gmail includes an optional "confidential mode" for sending messages of a sensitive nature. By...
magicmouse2 1

How to Make Your Mac's Cursor Bigger

Wednesday March 2, 2022 8:12 pm PST by
In macOS, Apple allows you to easily increase the size of the mouse or trackpad cursor on the screen, which is great if you find it difficult to keep track of. Keep reading to learn how. If you're having a hard time working out when the cursor on your Mac's screen moves or changes to an insertion point, crosshair, hand, or other shape, it's worth making it bigger. Making the on-screen...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

How to Authorize Apple TV Purchases on Apple Watch

Tuesday March 22, 2022 10:42 am PDT by
Following the release of watchOS 8.5 for Apple Watch and tvOS 15.4 for Apple TV, it's now possible to confirm Apple TV purchases from your wrist. This new method of verifying content purchases works for both one-time purchases like movies as well as in-app purchases on Apple TV. The following steps show how it works. Update your Apple TV to tvOS 15.4 (Settings -> System -> Software...

Popular Stories

iOS 16

Apple Releases iOS 16.1.2 With Carrier Improvements and Crash Detection Optimizations

Wednesday November 30, 2022 10:09 am PST by
Apple today released iOS 16.1.2, another minor bug fix update that comes one week after the release of iOS 16.1.1 and three weeks after the launch of iOS 16.1, an update that added support for iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter, Live Activities, and more. The iOS 16.1.2 update can be downloaded on eligible iPhones over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. According...
Emergency SOS via Satellite iPhone YT

Apple's iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Saves Stranded Man in Alaska

Thursday December 1, 2022 4:37 pm PST by
With the launch of iOS 16.1, Apple rolled out a Emergency SOS via Satellite, which is designed to allow iPhone 14 owners to contact emergency services using satellite connectivity when no cellular or WiFi connection is available. The feature was put to the test in Alaska today, when a man became stranded in a rural area. In the early hours of the morning on December 1, Alaska State Troopers ...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

iOS 16.2 for iPhone Launching This Month With These 8 New Features

Thursday December 1, 2022 8:44 am PST by
Apple plans to publicly release iOS 16.2 for the iPhone in mid-December, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The update remains in beta testing for now, with at least eight new features and changes already uncovered so far. iOS 16.2 introduces a number of new features, including Apple's new whiteboard app Freeform, two new Lock Screen widgets for Sleep and Medications, the ability to hide...
applefifthavenue

Man Robbed After Buying 300 iPhones From Apple Fifth Avenue

Tuesday November 29, 2022 11:54 am PST by
An unnamed 27-year-old man who purchased 300 iPhones from Apple Fifth Avenue on Monday morning was robbed shortly after leaving the store, according to 1010Wins Radio in New York. He was carrying 300 iPhone 13s in three bags and walking to his car at 1:45 a.m. when another car pulled up next to him. Two men jumped out and demanded that he hand over the bags. Not wanting to hand over 300...
14 vs 16 inch mbp m2 pro and max feature 1

'M2 Max' Geekbench Scores Leak Online, Revealing Rumored Specs and Performance

Wednesday November 30, 2022 2:39 am PST by
Geekbench scores allegedly for the upcoming "M2 Max" chip have surfaced online, offering a closer look at the performance levels and specific details of the forthcoming Apple silicon processor. The Geekbench results, first spotted on Twitter, are for a Mac configuration of with the M2 Max chip, a 12-core CPU, and 96GB of memory. The Mac listed has an identifier "Mac14,6," which could be...
iPad 10 Battery Pull Tabs

iPad 10 Teardown Reveals Why Device Isn't Compatible With Apple Pencil 2

Thursday December 1, 2022 10:48 am PST by
Do-it-yourself repair website iFixit today shared a video teardown of Apple's new 10th-generation iPad, providing a closer look inside the tablet and revealing why the device lacks support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. The teardown reveals the internal layout of the iPad, including its two-cell 7,606 mAh battery, logic board with the A14 Bionic chip, and more. As suspected, the...
Apple Park View

Elon Musk Meets With Apple CEO Tim Cook Amid Claims of Twitter App Store Dispute [Updated]

Wednesday November 30, 2022 12:43 pm PST by
Twitter CEO Elon Musk today met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, according to a tweet shared by Musk this afternoon. Musk thanked Cook for taking him around Apple's headquarters, with no mention of what the two might have discussed. The meeting comes just after Musk on Monday claimed that Apple has "mostly stopped" offering ads on Twitter, and that...
eufy camera

Anker's Eufy Cameras Caught Uploading Content to the Cloud Without User Consent [Updated]

Tuesday November 29, 2022 1:01 pm PST by
Anker's popular Eufy-branded security cameras appear to be sending some data to the cloud, even when cloud storage is disabled and local only storage settings are turned on. The information comes from security consultant Paul Moore, who last week published a video outlining the issue. According to Moore, he purchased a Eufy Doorbell Dual, which was meant to be a device that stored video...
app store awards 2021

Apple Announces 2022 App Store Award Winners, Highlighting Best Apps of the Year

Tuesday November 29, 2022 3:10 am PST by
Apple today announced its 2022 App Store Award winners, highlighting the 16 best apps and games selected by Apple's global App Store editorial team. The top apps were chosen by Apple for their quality, innovative technology, creative design, positive cultural impact, and ability to deliver "exceptional experiences." Apple CEO Tim Cook said: This year's App Store Award winners reimagined...
iOS 16

Apple Still Has These 5 Things to Release Heading Into 2023

Thursday December 1, 2022 7:12 am PST by
The calendar has turned to December and that means Apple has only one month left to fulfill its promises of releasing an Apple Music Classical app and expanding its self-service repair program to Europe before the end of 2022. Delays are always possible, of course, so the plans could be pushed back to 2023. In any case, we have put together a list of five things that Apple still has to release...