Android accessibility overview

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

Use a screen reader with TalkBack

To interact with your device with touch and spoken feedback, you can turn on the TalkBack screen reader. TalkBack describes your actions and tells you about alerts and notifications.

You can use the TalkBack braille keyboard to enter 6-dot braille on your screen. Only Unified English Braille is currently supported.

Change your display

Interaction controls

  • Lookout uses computer vision to give people who are visually impaired or have low vision information about their surroundings. 
  • Voice Access lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate, and edit text. 
  • Switch Access lets you interact with your Android device with one or more switches instead of the touchscreen. You can use a switch or keyboard to control your device. 
  • Action Blocks let you use customizable buttons for routine actions on your Android home screen.
  • Time to take action lets you choose how long to show messages that ask you to take action. 

Use a braille display

BrailleBack lets you connect a refreshable braille display to your device with Bluetooth. BrailleBack works with TalkBack for a combined speech and braille experience. This lets you edit text and interact with your device.

Captions

You can choose caption preferences (language, text, and style) for your device.

  • Live Caption lets you automatically captions speech on your device. 
  • Live Transcribe lets you capture speech and sound and find them as text on your screen.
  • Sound Notifications help you know what's happening in your home, like when a smoke alarm beeps or a doorbell rings.
  • Real-time text (RTT) during calls lets you use text to communicate during a phone call with RTT.

Audio

  • Sound Amplifier lets you use wired or Bluetooth headphones to filter, augment, and amplify the sounds in your environment or on your Android device. 
  • Hearing aid support lets you pair hearing aids with your Android device to hear more clearly.

Explore Android accessibility apps & services

  • Download Android Accessibility Suite, which includes the Accessibility Menu, Select to Speak, Switch Access, and TalkBack. You can find Android Accessibility Suite on devices with Android 9 and higher.
  • Review Android device settings for ways to customize your device. Open your device's Settings app, then choose Accessibility.
  • Explore Google Play for accessibility apps and services for Android.

Design & develop more accessible apps

If you design or develop an app, Accessibility Scanner can help you identify opportunities to improve your app for users. You can also refer to Android Accessibility developer resources.

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