The best mobile phones with big buttons for elderly people

The best phones with big buttons

If you’re looking for a phone with big buttons for an older person that’s easy to use, there are plenty to choose from. Lots of people prefer a phone they can easily text and call on - and these types of phones are especially good for elderly people, people who are hard of hearing or use hearing aids, or people with limited sight.

Here are the phones with large, easy-to-use buttons we’d recommend.

Phones with big buttons

Mobiles with big buttons are a must if you want to stay in touch with people easily and quickly. Large button mobiles are especially helpful if you can’t see very well, or you prefer the look and feel of a ‘traditional’ mobile.

There are several phones with well-spaced keys to choose from, like the Doro 1370, the Nokia 105, the Nokia 110, the Alcatel 20.03 and the Alcatel 3080. The Alcatel 20.03 has large backlit buttons, so you’ll even get great visibility in the dark, pressing the right button every time. The Doro 1370 has well-separated, large rubber buttons for simple texting and dialling. You can even press direct keys to take you straight to your messages, favourite contacts, torch or camera.

Older woman using a mobile phone with large buttons

Easy to use mobile phones

Navigating a new phone can be complex - especially if all you want to do is send a short text or call someone for a quick chat. The Nokia 105 and Nokia 110 have a clear icon menu which is easy to use, and you can also return to the main menu at the click of a button.

The Alcatel 20.03 even has a shortcut key for text messages - if you need to access them quickly, just press ‘5’.

Taking a picture on a mobile phone at a festival

Basic phones with big screens

Phones with large buttons can help when you’re texting and typing, but you should also consider whether your perfect phone has a large, easy to read display with the option to enlarge text.

The Doro 1370’s wide 2.4-inch display is perfect for reading more of your messages in one view and seeing more detail and colour in pictures. The Alcatel 3080 also has a 2.4-inch display, so you can easily browse online using 4G, and send and read texts.

Doro 7060 screen

Tough mobile phones with strong exteriors

If you need to take your time when you’re using your phone, you’ll need a light mobile which sits in your hand easily while you text or dial. The Nokia 105 and Nokia 110 come with a tough polycarbonate shell which protects your phone even if you drop or scratch it, and the Nokia 105 is built to cleverly minimise the visibility of scratches.

The Alcatel 3080 is also built to comfortably sit in your hand or slip into a pocket - it weighs just 90g, so it’s easy to carry around. It’s got a resin back and rubber keypad, and comes with an LCD protective film to safeguard your screen.

You can also buy protective cases which can help to protect your phone and keep it safe while you’re carrying it around.

Nokia 105

Phones for hearing impaired people with clear sound

It can be a struggle to make a call if you’re hard of hearing - especially if you’re in a busy place, or there’s a lot going on around you. The Doro 1370 and Doro 7030 provide loud, high-quality sound, so you can easily hear who you’re speaking to. Both phones are also hearing aid compatible and have a speakerphone function so you can play voice messages out loud and have conversations without using the earpiece.

Older woman talking on the phone

Setting spending limits to avoid costly bills

Spend Manager sets a monthly budget for data and also covers the cost-per-minute part of premium rate calls, picture messages and one-off premium rate texts. It’s handy for older people who may be unaware of hidden costs when it comes to texting or calling premium-rate numbers or downloading films or games.

Once Spend Manager is set up, an older person won’t be able to go over their set data allowance, call or text premium-rate numbers or send any more picture messages. However, they’ll still be able to use WiFi, and contact you when they need to, as all of our plans come with unlimited texts and minutes. Plus, if you need to check how many minutes an older person is using every month, you can check their plan details.

You can easily buy one of our Extras to boost a plan’s data or add unlimited picture messages. Extras usually work out cheaper than racking up out-of-plan charges and they’re automatically added to the bill. You can choose a one-off Extra or set up a recurring Extra.

Adding someone to a Vodafone account

If an elderly person needs help managing their phone bill, you can add an additional person on to an account to monitor spending and phone usage. There are different levels of permissions so you can decide which level of access you’re both comfortable with.

Adding an extra person as an account owner means they can cancel a contract, see bills, see calls and messages, and make credit card payments to settle a balance.

Smartphones with an easy-to-find home key

The Doro 8050 comes with a large, oval-shaped home key at the base of the screen, which lets you return to your home screen if you can’t find an app, or you need to make a call. It’s especially handy if you’ve been using lots of apps and you’re struggling to make your way back to the home screen, or if you need to do a speedy Google search. Plus, as you can customise your home screen with the apps you frequently use - such as your phone book, texts and messaging - you can get to where you need to be in a flash.

Doro 8050 home key

Simple phones with good cameras

Just because you’re after a simple, dependable phone doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. Whether you’re getting some unmissable pictures of your pets or you’d like to share some high-quality shots of your latest holiday, the Doro 8050's 13-megapixel rear camera is simple to use.

If you can’t go a day without snapping away, there’s no need to worry about space on your phone - the Alcatel 20.03 comes with a microSD slot, so you can store an impressive 32GB of extra pictures and files if you need to.

Two older women smiling

Phones for people with limited dexterity

You might want to look at the Doro 7030 if you have trouble holding a phone, typing numbers or messages or limited dexterity. This simple flip phone features widely-separated, clearly-labelled buttons and also has a large, bright 2.8-inch colour display. It weighs just 124g and there are several shortcut buttons for features such as the camera, so you won’t have to navigate through lots of complicated menus.

Doro 7030

Call for help with an SOS button

If you worry that you won’t be able to use your phone quickly in an emergency, a mobile with an SOS button can put your mind at ease, and give you the confidence to live your life to the full. There’s an easy-to-find assistance button on the back of the Doro 1370 and the Doro 7030 - push it if you need to contact friends and family in an emergency. The phone will automatically send your chosen contacts a text with your GPS location.

Even if your mobile phone is on a Pay as you go contract and you have no credit, you’ll always be able to use this feature.

Doro 7030's assistance button

Smartphones with big buttons

If you’re looking for a phone with big buttons which also has a simple smartphone screen, there are phones available which combine the best of both worlds. The MobiWire Oneida Lite with has a compact 2.8-inch display and comes in two variations - one with a camera, and one without. Both phones come with the same easy-to-use smartphone functionality, and are compatible with 4G and WiFi. You can access Facebook and WhatsApp directly from the home screen, check your emails, make calls and browse on the go - and everything’s wrapped up in a premium, glossy-looking exterior.

You can also access Facebook and WhatsApp on the Doro 7030, as it can also connect to 4G and WiFi networks. And if you want to send photos and videos, just use the 3-megapixel rear camera.

Buying a big button phone on Pay as you go

When you buy a Pay as you go phone from us, we offer a range of simple Pay as you go Bundles to keep your phone topped up and help you keep an eye on your spending.

These 30-day Bundles all come with unlimited minutes and texts, and range from 5GB to unlimited 5G data. Any unused data rolls into the next 30 days, and you're not tied into a contract.

If you find yourself running low on data, you can easily top up your Pay as you go Bundle. And if you're not ready to pick a Bundle yet, that's totally fine - you can order a free SIM for your Pay as you go device and add a Bundle later.

Find your perfect match

Here are the phones which we’d recommend for people who need big buttons and clear displays.

If you think a tablet would be a better choice for you, or someone you’re buying for, you can browse our range of the best tablets for older people.

Doro 1370


Easily stay in touch with friends and family using the well-separated buttons, enjoy clear, high-quality sound and call for help if you need it with the assistance button.

Get the Doro 1370
Nokia 110


Play a selection of games on the 1.77-inch display and talk for hours thanks to the long-lasting battery, which has up to 14 hours of talk time from a single charge. Take pictures and record video with the QVGA rear camera, and relax knowing everything’s wrapped up with a tough polycarbonate shell.

Get the Nokia 110
Nokia 105


Stay connected and talk for longer on this simple, hardworking device. Separate keys on the island keymat make dialling and texting easy, and the long-lasting battery is built for busy days. Store up to 2,000 contacts and up to 500 SMS messages, and take a break with a game of Snake on the 1.77-inch display.

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Find out more about staying in touch

Phishing is when fraudsters send texts and emails and make calls pretending to be legitimate companies in order to gain access to personal details – like your bank account.

Criminals often target older people as they can be more vulnerable to scams, especially if they live alone.

Here's some information on how to protect yourself and your family, and stay safe online.

If you have a smartphone which uses 4G or WiFi, you can make free voice and video calls if the person you’re contacting also has a smartphone which can access the internet. You can talk to your family and friends using just audio, like you would for a normal phone call, or even see them face-to-face using video. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are two of the best-known apps for making free video calls.

If you have an Android phone (for example, Samsung, Sony, Google, or Huawei) you can download these apps using Google Play. If you’re using an iPhone, you can use the App Store.

It’s worth bearing in mind that these calls will be free if you’re using WiFi, but they will use up your data if you’re using 4G, which could affect the cost of your bill. 

Your phone or tablet can be a great help in checking and maintaining your health. Even the simplest phones have reminders, so you can set up prompts to take medication or get out in the fresh air. Smartphone and tablet apps can record and analyse your vital statistics such as blood pressure. There are also apps that help you make the most of fitness wristbands, smart watches and other 'wearable' devices.

We truly believe that we offer products and services are for everyone. We're here to help you get the most out of your devices so if you have restricted vision, difficulty hearing or speaking, or have limited dexterity or mobility, we're here to help. We offer SignVideo interpreting and text-to-voice/voice-to-text, and Braille bills. To find out more see our accessibility services.

The main hearing and vision charities, and manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, have lots of advice on their websites. There's also advice on the web about the best apps for elderly people, and people with a visual or hearing impairment, or mobility issues.

With our Protected Service scheme you can choose a trusted friend or family member to manage your account on your behalf.