Get started with Project Activate

Project Activate is a communication app designed for people who are unable to speak or use technology with their hands. With Project Activate, you can send a text message, make a call, speak a phrase or play an audio file when you make gestures.

Important: Project Activate is only available in English.

Android Accessibility | Communicate using facial gestures and preset actions

Before you start

  • The app uses the camera to recognise your expressions and gestures.
  • You need a phone plan to make phone calls and send texts. You can still use other Project Activate features without a phone plan.

Set up Project Activate

  1. Download Project Activate from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the Project Activate app, agree on the consent screen and approve camera access.
  3. At the top right-hand side, tap Settings and then New shortcut.
  4. Choose a gesture that you can make comfortably and reliably that will start your message.
  5. Select your action.
    • Speak a phrase 
    • Play an audio file
    • Send a text message
    • Make a phone call

How your data is used

All images used by Project Activate are processed on your device and never saved. Settings and audio files are saved on your device. The only data sent from your device to Google is anonymous usage data. 

Get more help

If you need more help, learn how to contact the Google Disability Support team.

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