Android accessibility overview
You can customize your Android device using accessibility settings and apps.
Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.
Get spoken feedback
TalkBack: To interact with your device using touch and spoken feedback, you can turn on the TalkBack screen reader. TalkBack describes your actions and tells you about alerts and notifications.
Select to Speak: If you want spoken feedback only at certain times, you can turn on Select to Speak. Select items on your screen to hear them read or described aloud.
Use a switch, keyboard, or mouse
Switch Access: For users with limited mobility, Switch Access is an alternative to using the touch screen. You can use a switch or keyboard to control your device.
Use voice commands
Voice Access: If using a touch screen is difficult, the Voice Access app lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate, and edit text hands-free. Voice Access is currently in a limited beta release in English only.
Use a braille display
BrailleBack: You can connect a refreshable braille display to your device via Bluetooth. BrailleBack works with TalkBack for a combined speech and braille experience, allowing you to edit text and interact with your device.
Make your screen easier to see
Android devices have several settings to make your screen easier to see.
- Display size and font size: To change the size of items on your screen, adjust the display size or font size
- Magnification gestures: To temporarily zoom or magnify your screen, use magnification gestures
- Contrast and color options: To adjust contrast or colors, use high-contrast text, color inversion or color correction
Turn on captions
Captions: You can turn on captions for your device and specify options (language, text, and style) for closed captioning. Learn how to turn on captions.