Accessible Mobile Apps (Bi)Weekly - Issue #32

Hey everyone,

I hope you're having a great week. As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any suggestions for the next issue via email ( or Twitter (or Mastodon).

- Robin

Axe-con 2023 (March 15-16, 2023)

The full schedule for Deque's Axe-Con 2023 is out! See all the talks at


Image accessibility labels from Localizable.strings files

"I recently discovered that if we add an image name to the Localizable.strings file in a SwiftUI project, SwiftUI will automatically use the localized string as the image accessibility label." -

Double Tap TV with Sarah Herllinger

"Apple’s Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Sarah Herrlinger, joins Steven and Marc to talk all about the company's latest product announcements and how accessibility sits at the core of everything the company does."

The real secrets of iOS and accessibility

"App-specific text sizing is a one of iOS’s per-app settings. The rest have to do with contrast, use of color, and the visibility and transparency of visual elements." -


Android automated accessibility testing critique

"In this post I will be looking at automated user interface tests for Android that focus on accessibility, and make suggestions on how to improve their current state to benefit developers and users." -

Google releases standalone ‘Switch Access’ app in Play Store

"Originally part of the Android Accessibility Suite, Google last week made Switch Access a standalone app on the Play Store. This app/service lets you “interact with your Android device using one or more switches or a keyboard instead of the touchscreen.” -

Shout out to JJ for sharing this on our Slack group! Thank you! (If you haven't already joined, you can use this link to join our Slack workspace)

Android accessibility treasures that'll make anybody extra productive

"Take a couple of minutes to discover a few of these out-of-the-way Android accessibility treasures and see if any of ’em would possibly deliver a great addition to your individual private work routine." -

Is your app accessible? Check it out with Accessibility Scanner !!

"Testing with analysis tools can uncover opportunities to improve accessibility that you might miss with manual testing. Let’s start with one of such tools." -

Why do some videos on Instagram get brighter? Are Instagram videos on your iPhone looking a bit too bright?

"Within Instagram, there is no way to disallow HDR videos from automatically raising your screen’s brightness. However, you can disable auto-brightness in your device settings for general use cases. This won’t affect the videos on Instagram increasing your brightness, but it will make it so you can manually control your screen’s brightness." -