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Android accessibility

Three Features

TalkBack

You can have your phone read out what is on your screen (buttons, text, images).

  1. Open Settings then Accessibility
  2. Select TalkBack
  3. Enable TalkBack by tapping or sliding the switch on the top right.
    • Slowly drag one finger around the screen and TalkBack announces elements on the screen as you drag your finger over them.
    • Double-tap an item that has focus to select it.
    • Scroll up and down with two fingers

For a detailed list of gestures, see Use TalkBack gestures


Font Adjustment

You can adjust the text size of your Android to make it easier to read. 

  1. Open Settings then Accessibility
  2. Under Display select Font size
    • Use the slider at the bottom to adjust the text size. As you move the slider, the text on your screen will change size.

Accessibility shortcut

You can setup a shortcut and quickly turn on and off your desired accessibility controls and features.

  1. Open Settings then Accessibility
  2. Select Accessibility shortcut
  3. Enable Accessibility shortcut by tapping or sliding the switch on the top right.
  4. Select Shortcut services to select features you would like to quickly access. 
    • When shortcut is on, press both volume buttons for 3 seconds to turn on an accessibility feature.

Note: on earlier versions of Android, continue steps 1 - 4, then:

  • Press and hold the power button until you hear a sound or feel a vibration.
  • Release the power button.
  • Touch and hold two fingers until you hear audio confirmation (about 5 seconds).