Cell Phones For Seniors

I've read a lot of articles and blogs about cell phones for seniors (as in senior citizens).  There are some good ones, and some not so great ones.  To make this article great, I want to setup the premise of the discussion.  First, justSenior Citizen Smartphones because someone is classified as a senior citizen (usually 65+ years old in most societies), does not mean that they are not technologically inclined, nor does it mean they have poor vision or reduced tactile capabilities.

In fact, at 90 years old, my grandmother was using email to communicate with her boyfriends; one in Canada and one in the U.S., and that was long before the smartphone revolution!  In addition, my parents, both senior citizens, both use the Samsung Galaxy Note phablets, and have perfect vision and tactile capabilities.  The point being that the content of this page is not meant to discriminate or categorize.

However, I do receive a LOT of inquiries from folks claiming to be senior citizens that are looking for a phone with basic features as they don't want to deal with application forced closes, unresponsive touchscreen, or buttons that are difficult to read and/or depress.  The fact is that the older we get, the more likely it is that we will have these types of considerations.  In addition, people of any age can love or dislike modern gadgetry, or get frustrated with products that don't work the way they're supposed, which is certainly common place as can be seen by constant firmware and software updates.

So, all that said, I created this page to help those interested in cell phones with specific functionality to meet their specific needs.  Some of these will be mainstream phones, and I will highlight some features to look for, or applications that can help.  Some others are actually targeted cell phones for seniors to meet the specific needs of those of us who have distinct visual or tactile requirements or preferences.  Of course, these needs can also be found among younger folks as well.  Ultimately, I expect this content to be helpful to a broad range of people!


Phone/Company Notes


Doro Easy Phone Doro Smart Phone
  • Offer "Easy Phones" & "Smart Phones"
  • HAC (hearing aid compatible)
  • Assistance button
  • FM radio
  • Larger fonts on display
  • Company is dedicated to developing products for seniors


GreatCall Jitterbug Smart PhoneGreatCall Jitterbug Flip Phone
  • Offer Jitterbug smartphone & Jitterbug flip phone
  • Large fonts on display
  • High quality speaker phone
  • Very high capacity battery
  • Included health & medical apps
  • Urgent Response Agents, doctors & nurses are one button away


Just5 Cell Phone For SeniorsJust5 Smartphone
  • Offer classic candy bar style feature phones (with large buttons) & smartphones
  • Simplified feature set
  • SOS emergency button
  • FM radio
  • Amplified sound

Android Smartphones

Android Smartphones For Seniors
  • Android smartphones with large screens can be very easy to navigate
  • Screen quality (not only size) greatly impacts the ease of typing on virtual keyboards
  • Bright, vibrant screens can make it easy to navigate and view
  • Use of applications like Big Launcher For Android can help make navigation even easier on any Android smartphone
  • Only needed features can be used; avoiding complexity isn't very difficult
  • Most newer Samsung phones have Easy Mode, which simplifies the homescreen with minimal large buttons
  • Samsung Galaxy Note series has a stylus, which some find easier to use with the virtual keyboard, navigation & taking notes

 Apple iPhones

Apple iPhone  For Seniors
  • High quality screen makes typing easier than a lot of low end touchscreen phones
  • Bright, vibrant screens can make it easy to navigate and view
  • Simplistic approach (minimal customization compared to Android) helps to keep overall use simple & straightforward


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