Cell phones keep seniors connected and safe, but only if they know how to use them. If you’re looking to join the 91 percent of seniors age 65+ who own cell phones1 or just want an upgrade, let us help! We’ve compiled a list of the easiest to use cell phones for seniors.
After hours of research and testing, our team created a list of the top five easiest to use cell phones for seniors. We evaluated each phone’s usability, size, quality, plan options, and other senior-friendly features to create our ranked results. Our final list includes several different phone styles, but all five are simple for seniors to use.
Some of the most important metrics we considered were:
Top Five Easiest Cell Phones for Seniors To Use
GreatCall uses the Verizon network, so don’t go with this option if you don’t have reliable Verizon service at home. Also, make sure you don’t pay for more than you need. GreatCall’s Lively Flip offers several packages with the most expensive—Unlimited Talk & Text + Ultimate Health & Safety—costing $54.99 per month. However, there are plenty of more affordable plans to choose from, so take some time to consider how much you plan to use the phone.
Before you choose the JitterbugSmart2, check Verizon coverage in your area. Also, make sure a touchscreen smartphone is really what you want. The smartphone costs more than GreatCall’s Lively Flip and could be a big jump for seniors who’ve never used a touch screen device before. If you aren’t sure about making the touchscreen plunge, the next phone on our list offers Internet access and typical phone buttons for a flip phone and smartphone hybrid design.
For talk, text, and data, monthly rates per line decrease as you add more lines. If you want to have just one line on your plan, you’ll pay slightly higher rates per line. We’d recommend adding one or two other people to your plan for the most savings. However, rates for one line are still affordable when compared to other major carriers.
The Snapfon ez4G gives seniors extra features like GPS and mobile apps while still keeping things simple. Don’t expect to take any award-winning photographs with its 5MP camera. You also can’t video chat your loved ones with this device. However, that shouldn’t matter if you’re just looking for something with a few advanced features that’s still easy to use.
The GrandPad isn’t a cell phone; it’s a tablet. Your loved one won’t be able to call phone numbers that aren’t in their approved contact list or send SMS texts. With GrandPad, you just get unlimited data use, ad-free music streaming, video calling, secure Internet browsing, and mobile access with the smartphone app. If the senior in your life just wants to communicate with close friends and family, this won’t be an issue, but it’s still important to note.
Shopping for a cell phone can feel overwhelming, especially with all of the different options and features on the market. But not to worry! We’ve compiled all of our favorite senior-friendly cell phone features so that you can narrow down your options. While evaluating different cell phones, consider the following:
Seniors need cell phones for medical emergencies, staying connected with friends and family, and staying safe in and outside of the home.
Companies make flip phones, smartphones, bar or brick phones, and tablets for seniors. Seniors can also choose between a phone-only mobile device or one that doubles as a personal safety device.
Yes, phones with big buttons make it easier for seniors to navigate their phone. This is especially true if the senior has limited dexterity.
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Pew Research Center. (2020). Mobile Fact Sheet.