Mobile Accessibility

mobile accessibility

With most people spending an increased amount of time on smartphones and mobile devices, the importance of digital inclusivity cannot be overstated. As a11y enthusiasts, our aim is to emphasize the significance of mobile accessibility and provide insights into achieving it by adhering to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).


Mobile accessibility involves making digital content accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. It encompasses a wide range of considerations, from navigation and interaction to content presentation and compatibility with assistive technologies. With the increasing reliance on smartphones for daily tasks, ensuring mobile accessibility is crucial to enabling individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the digital world.

Key Components of Mobile Accessibility

1. Responsive Design

A responsive design adapts to different screen sizes and orientations, providing a seamless experience across devices. This is particularly beneficial for users with visual or motor impairments who may use various devices.

2. Accessible Navigation

Mobile applications should have clear and intuitive navigation. This includes providing a logical order and structure, making it easier for screen reader users to understand and navigate through the content. Labels and instructions should be concise and descriptive, assisting users with cognitive disabilities.

3. Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text

Text-to-speech (TTS) converts on-screen text into spoken words, while speech-to-text allows users to input text through voice commands. These features cater to users with visual or auditory impairments, ensuring they can access and interact with digital content effectively.

4. Color Contrast and Font Legibility

Texts in mobile applications should have a significant contrast against the background, and font sizes should be adjustable to accommodate users with diverse levels of vision.

5. Compatibility with Assistive Technologies

To make mobile applications and websites inclusive, it is essential for them to be compatible with assistive technologies like screen readers, magnifiers, and voice recognition software. This ensures that individuals with disabilities can effectively interact with and comprehend digital content.

WCAG Guidelines

The WCAG Guidelines for Mobile Accessibility provide a comprehensive set of principles and criteria to enhance the accessibility of web content. Although these guidelines are not specifically tailored for mobile devices, they offer valuable insights that can be applied to ensure mobile accessibility. Some key rules outlined in the WCAG include:

1. Perceivable: It is crucial to present information and user interface components in a manner that users can easily perceive. This involves providing text alternatives for non-text content and ensuring that all users can access the information.

2. Operable: Designing navigation and interaction in a way that is operable by all users, including those with disabilities, is essential. This includes incorporating keyboard accessibility and allowing sufficient time for users to read and complete tasks.

3. Understandable: Creating content that is clear and easy to comprehend is vital, especially for users with cognitive disabilities. This can be achieved through predictable navigation and providing input assistance.

4. Robust: Developing content that can be reliably interpreted by various user agents, including assistive technologies, is crucial. This ensures that individuals using different devices or assistive tools can access the content effectively.

Embracing mobile accessibility is an important step toward a more inclusive and equitable digital future.

By focusing on the points above, you too can make your mobile applications accessible to everyone.

Wally can make your job even easier by automating your mobile accessibility efforts. Wally not only helps you understand the areas for improvement but also fixes them instantly.

Additionally, you can also achieve 360° accessibility by ensuring that all content produced by your organization (from all teams) is accessible before you release it. This can be text, documents, images, ads, or any other type of content really.

Learn more about Mobile Accessibility by speaking to our accessibility experts. Let's together make our world more accessible!