Use TalkBack voice commands

In TalkBack 9.1 and up, you can activate many TalkBack commands with your voice. For example, you can manage reading controls, find items on a page, edit text, or navigate your device.

Start voice command

  1. On your device, one-finger swipe right then up.
  2. Listen for the confirmation sound.
  3. Speak your command.

Tip: To update your voice command gesture, go to TalkBack settings and then Customize gestures.

Voice commands

Category Commands
Reading control
  • Read from next item
  • Read from next
  • Read from top
  • Next heading
  • Next control
  • Next link
  • Next landmark
  • [Character, word, line] navigation
  • Navigate by [character, word, line]
  • Read by [character, word, line]
  • Character, word, line
  • Talk faster
  • Talk slower
  • Increase speech rate
  • Decrease speech rate
  • [Low, high, or custom] verbosity
  • Change verbosity to [low, high, or custom]
  • First
  • Top
  • Last
  • Bottom
  • Languages
Find items
  • Find [what you’d like to find]
  • Search for [what you’d like to find]
  • Search [what you’d like to find]
  • Find
  • Search on screen
  • Search screen
Text editing
  • Type [what you’d like to type]
  • Input [what you’d like to type]
  • Dictate [what you’d like to type]
  • Write [what you’d like to type]
  • Spell [what you’d like to type]
  • Select all
  • Select
  • Start select
  • Start selection mode
  • Start selection
  • Finish select
  • Finish selection
  • Finish selection mode
  • End select
  • Copy
  • Cut
  • Paste
  • Delete
  • Edit options
  • Text editing
  • Edit text
  • Editing options
Device navigation
  • Home
  • Desktop
  • Back
  • Go back
  • Notifications
  • Quick settings
  • Overview
  • Recent apps
  • Recents
  • All apps
  • Apps, except for "recent"
  • Google Assistant
Other commands
  • TalkBack settings
  • Hide screen
  • Dim
  • Darken
  • Show screen
  • Brighten screen
  • Restore screen
  • Cancel hide screen
  • Actions
  • Custom actions
  • Label [submit]
  • Stop
  • Quit
  • Quiet
  • Pause
  • Nevermind


Tip: You can say commands in singular or plural.

For more help with Talkback, contact the Google Disability Support team.