7 Free Senior Mode ‘Themes’ With Big Icons For Android Smartphone

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Some senior citizens find it hard to use today’s modern smartphone, this includes the user-friendly iOS. Even if they are able to learn how to use it, the text and icons can be somewhat too tiny due to their eyesight. The best option is to download an app called Android Launcher, what this app does is it re-style the theme with big icons and text, usually a simple 6 icons layout that is minimalist.

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Download these apps or launcher, it transforms your phone into an intuitive simple user-friendly interface specifically formulated for anyone who has difficulty with using smartphones. Give your smartphone a completely new look. Large colorful buttons to help those shaky hands. Single touch access to the most frequently called contacts. All the basics of making calls, receiving and sending text messages are simply made stress-free.

1. BaldPhone


BaldPhone is a platform which replaces the phone’s interface with a larger, simpler and friendlier one. BaldPhone is made for elderly users, people with motoric or sight handicaps, as well as anyone who struggles with the daily use of smartphones. BaldPhone is free for all, completely open source. No ads, no charge. it is made out of a desire to help the community and is purely a goodwill product :)

It’s recommended for people who have a difficult in typing to use BaldPhone’s special keyboard. Bald Phone replaces the phone’s launcher, accessible for elderly and seniors. The interface of BaldPhone is big, simple, and accessible for seniors and elderly. BaldPhone contains a Launcher, Alarms, Reminder for Pills, Dialer, Contacts, Photos and Videos, Notifications area, and more. BaldPhone is highly customization and can be personalized to match elderly and seniors specific needs.

2. Senior Easy Phone

Senior Easy Phone

Senior Easy Phone is a launcher or skin that helps the seniors use a smartphone. Very useful for older adults to move their phone to smartphone from basic phone. As shown in the image, it comes with big fonts, big buttons and big text for easy reading.

3. Senior Homescreen

Free and Paid Version Available

Senior Homescreen

This app is specially crafted to help senior citizens use their smartphone. Usually they only need a few apps, and that’s exactly what this app offers. By default three apps are configured already, but you can change this to whatever app you need. The setup should ideally be done by someone who feels comfortable with smartphones already.

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For the best performance select Senior Homescreen as your launcher app. Press the home button of your phone after installing Senior Homescreen, and select ‘Always use’ Senior Homescreen as your launcher application.

4. Elementique Senior Launcher

Free and Paid Version Available

Elementique Senior Launcher

Elementique Senior is a set of applications specially designed for seniors. Thanks to it’s simple, elegant and secure environment, sending an email, managing your agenda, surfing the Internet, playing, sharing photos or chatting with relatives… becomes easier and easier ! Elementique Senior offers a clear, structured and identical environment in each application. The icons are wide and legible, the keyboard is either alphabetic or « qwerty », and the user is guided throughout its use. Tablets and Smartphones keep their access to the Google Play Store, a high tech look and all their possibilities.

5. Elder Launcher

Elder Launcher

Elder Launcher is an app which makes using an Android device easy for the elderly or first-time smartphone users. In addition to being a launcher, it also has the functionality of dialing phone numbers, listing contacts.

6. BIG Launcher

BIG Launcher

BIG Launcher makes the smartphone suitable for seniors, children, and people with eye diseases, motor problems or the legally blind. Visually impaired and technically challenged users can use the simple and easy-to-read interface with ease. There is no fear of making a mistake and losing everything with stress-free navigation. And it also features the SOS button which can save lives!

Due to the latest update of the Permissions Policy “BIG Launcher” app with all its available features can’t be listed in the Google Play Store. In order to function properly, it requires access to sensitive permissions, which is now limited to all the apps.

7. Easy Launcher

Free and Paid Version Available

Easy Launcher

Android home screen launcher based on simplicity. The most commonly used features available to people who use their smartphone primarily for phone calls and messages.

8. ICare Launcher

ICare Launcher

[ Discontinued ] The ICare Launcher application was developed by an independent programmer and was thought from the beginning to facilitate the use of the mobile by the elderly. To accomplish this, three different functionalities have been developed within the launcher:

  • SOS screen, where two emergency contacts can be saved so that the user can call a certain number with just one click, or send a predefined message
  • Note screen, where information regarding the user’s health can be saved for emergencies, or any other relevant information can be saved – feel free!
  • Alarm screen, specially designed for the elderly to set alarms to remind them to take their medicine.
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9. Help Launcher

Free and Paid Version Available

Help Launcher

[ Discontinued ] Help Launcher is an app which has been especially designed so that the elderly, blind or visually impaired people, etc. find it easier to use smartphones. Simple menus accessible to everyone, identifying and bold colours, big icons and a perfect font size for a perfect display on any screen.

Thanks to Help Launcher you won’t lose sight of any app. Besides, from the “Messaging” menu you will be able to access apps like Whatsapp®, Telegram®, Skype®, etc. directly, so you are always connected to your friends and family. This launcher combines all the features of high-performance devices with the simplicity of a basic telephone. Its different colours make the app more accessible as the user can easily associate the symbol with the button. Thus, understanding a text is no longer important, which results in a more intuitive use of the device.

10. Oldery: Big Launcher App

Big Launcher App

[ Discontinued ] Oldery simplifies the operation with the smartphone, making it suitable for older people, children and people with vision problems, totally blind or motorized. And why not? For practical lifestyle users.

Oldery can be configured so that certain options are not available to the user, since they may not use them or they may complicate the experience with the smartphone, for example: control notifications, display Widgets, uninstall or run applications that do not are in the favorites list, see the call history.

11. Big Button Launcher

Big Button Launcher

[ Discontinued ] Six Button Launcher. A launcher designed to cut down the complexity of most modern launchers. Six user definable buttons. Excellent for seniors who are new to smartphones. Click on a plus button to assign an app. Long press settings to clear all assigned buttons.


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    Debrah [ Reply ]

    Thank you so much for this information – It has been such a battle to familiarise my husband with a smartphone – problem is by the time he understands everything the OS is updated, apps change and then it’s yet another learning curve all over again!!! Frustrating for him. It would be so great if mobile phone makers take the needs of the elderly into account.

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    vicki divittorio [ Reply ]

    So many seniors struggle with the sequences needed to do something on a smartphone. A simple interface is needed especially when they are already intimidated by the phone and screens plus swipe or tap etc.
    In emergency or stressful situations they get flustered.

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    UrySoft [ Reply ]

    Oldery: Big Launcher App

    Oldery simplifies the operation with the smartphone, making it suitable for older people, children and people with vision problems, totally blind or motorized. And why not? For practical lifestyle users.

    Highly configurable and adaptable
    Oldery can be configured so that certain options are not available to the user, since they may not use them or they may complicate the experience with the smartphone, for example: control notifications, display Widgets, uninstall or run applications that do not are in the favorites list, see the call history … You can also configure the size of the buttons from small to huge and display or not the labels with the action of the button, as well as the display or not of the indicator panel where the user will be provided in an easy, large and visible way the status of the battery, connectivity, current date and time, giving direct access to the system’s calendar and alarm clock applications.

    Control and classification of notifications
    It should be noted that Oldery is capable of intercepting the notifications that the smartphone receives from any application, notifications that are queued in the status bar and that are so difficult to access and view for older users or those with motor problems. In Oldery the notifications are presented to the user classified by application and with the option to enlarge their source for a better reading with a more simplified interface than what is currently offered.

    Accessibility above all
    Oldery has been developed to be as accessible as possible, for this all the controls are internally labeled with the action that will be performed so that the voice assistant facilitates the experience for those who cannot see the smartphone screen.

    Real-time control of font size for all apps
    Oldery also facilitates the ability to change the size of the fonts of any application that is launched in real time, for this when it detects that there is an application running Oldery will show a sidebar that will allow the user to increase or decrease the size of the fonts to Will.

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    Asim Alam [ Reply ]

    Wow. Only two of these have actual text labels for its buttons. Is common sense and basic functionality toxic to app developers?

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    Wouter Vanhauwaert [ Reply ]

    Seniorfoon App, specially made for seniors to hide all unnecessary stuff and provide one-touch calling features.

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