How to control the sensitivity of your screen

Introduction

ANdroid has a feature that lets you control the sensitivity of your screen. While it's not an accessibility feature per say, it could be useful for people with dexterity issues. If you want to be very sure you are touching the right thing, set the screen sensitivity lower and you will have to work harder to activate things. If you need a softer touch because you just can't muscle your screen around, set the sensitivity higher. When I started seeing lollypop devices, I noticed that they really took some serious muscle to get them going and now I have begun doing this to all of the devices I see so that they work better with talkback. To change this setting:

  • tap settings.
  • Tap Language and Input.
  • Scroll to the very bottom of these settings and tap pointer speed.
  • I have seen sevreal default speeds, none over %50. Increase the slider to make the touch screen more sensitive and easier to tab. Decrease the slider to make your touch screen less sensitive and more difficult to tap.
  • Tap OK and then experiment with the results.

Works on:

  • HTC1 m9,
  • Samsung Galaxy Note3 Lollypop,
  • Samsung Galaxy s5,
  • Samsung Galaxy tab A 10.0 Marshmellow
  • Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini,
  • Motorola moto G lollypop,
  • Motorola Moto X Lollypop,
  • Samsung J7
  • Report if this works on your device.

Works not on:

  • Report if this does not work on your device.

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This also can be changed in TalkBack Settings

If you use TalkBack, this setting is also available under Settings -> Accessibility -> TalkBack -> Settings -> Manage Gestures -> Tap Detector Sensitivity.
There are three choices there: light, medium and hard. You would choose the "hard" option if you would like to apply more force before the taps are detected by the OS.