Android accessibility overview

You can customize your Android device using accessibility settings and apps.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

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.

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.

Design and develop accessible apps

For anyone designing or developing an app, Accessibility Scanner can help you identify opportunities to improve your app for users. You can also refer to Android Accessibility developer resources.