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Google Messages Now Allow You to Change the Font Size With A Pinch-to-Zoom Gesture

Google Messages is getting a useful feature that users have been demanding for years. And it’s the ability to change the font size with a simple pinch-to-zoom gesture. As first spotted by users on the r / android apps subreddit and highlighted on Twitter by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, the feature appears to be spreading widely in the Google Messages app.

Increase the font size in Google messages

To get started, all you have to do is pinch while on the conversations page. Similarly, you can pinch to reduce the font size if necessary. See the feature in action below:

Interestingly, this does not affect the home screen of the Messages app. If you want to adjust the font size of the home screen, you will have to rely on your phone’s settings. To change the font size of your phone, open the Settings app and go to Display -> Font size.

While this may seem like a negligible change to many, it is a huge improvement when it comes to accessibility. It should help people who have trouble reading small text. If you’re someone who doesn’t need a large font size all the time but prefers to have an enlarged version during conversations, this new feature will likely suit your needs.

When I checked, the feature was present in Google Messages beta 8.2.043. According to user reports, it is also available on the stable channel. A Reddit user says that he got the feature in Google Messages version 8.3.025. Following this, Google is doing a server-side rollout to enable the feature. If you don’t see it, try updating the app from the Play Store.

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