As an internet company, we at Q42 have been working hard for years to improve app accessibility. But we also needed to figure out which accessibility settings Dutch people actually use on their phones.
So we decided to investigate just that. We looked at how more than one million people use accessibility options in the mobile applications of a number of well-known Dutch brands. The results of our accessibility research turned out to be far too interesting to keep to ourselves...
43% Almost half of the people surveyed use one or more accessibility settings on their phone.
14% What is more, a large group even uses two or more accessibility settings.
The most commonly used accessibility feature is text size adjustment. The accessibility research looked at all phone settings and why people activate them.
We have listed the results below, including an extrapolation to the entire Dutch population. You can read more about the figures and the study here.
Most commonly used settings
- Adjust text size
- 32.62 %
- Dark mode
- 7 %
- Bold text
- 6.86 %
- Shake to undo
- 6.14 %
- Speak selection
- 4.19 %
- Reduce transparency
- 3.41 %
What is digital accessibility?
There are 4.5 million people in the Netherlands with a demonstrable disability. That is more than one quarter of the population. *
Apps and websites also need to be accessible to people with a physical or intellectual handicap. This is known as digital accessibility.
*Source: How many people have a disability? (Dutch article)
- Semi-literate people
- The deaf and hard of hearing
- Colour-blind people
- People with seriously impaired motor skills
- Dyslexic people
- Visually impaired people
- Blind people
- People with a mild intellectual disability