Android accessibility overview

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

Use a screen reader

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.

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

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, or point the camera at something in the real world.

Change your display

Display size and font size: To change the size of items on your screen, adjust the display size or font size.

Magnification: To temporarily zoom or magnify your screen, use magnification.

Contrast and colour options: To adjust contrast or colours, use high-contrast textdark theme, colour inversion or colour correction.

Interaction controls

Lookout: Lookout uses computer vision to assist people who are blind or have low vision in gaining information about their surroundings. 

Voice Access: Voice Access lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate and edit text hands-free. 

Switch Access: Switch Access lets you interact with your Android device using one or more switches instead of the touchscreen. You can use a switch or keyboard to control your device. 

Action Blocks: Action Blocks makes routine actions easier with customisable buttons on your Android home screen.

Time to take action (Accessibility timeout): You can choose how long to show messages that ask you to take action, but are visible only temporarily. 

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.

Audio and on-screen text

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

Live CaptionLive Caption automatically captions speech on your device. 

Live Transcribe and sound notifications: You can use Live Transcribe to capture speech and sound and see 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

Sound Amplifier: You can use Sound Amplifier with wired or Bluetooth headphones to filter, augment and amplify the sounds in your environment or on your Android device. 

Hearing aid support: You can pair hearing aids with your Android device to hear more clearly.

Real-time text (RTT) during calls: You can use text to communicate during a phone call with RTT

Explore Android accessibility apps and services

You can explore Android accessibility apps and services in several ways:

  • Download Android Accessibility Suite, including the Accessibility Menu, Select to Speak, Switch Access and TalkBack. Android Accessibility Suite is built in to many Android devices.
  • Review Android device settings for ways to customise your device. Open your device's Settings app, then choose Accessibility.
  • Explore Google Play for other accessibility apps and services for Android.

Design and develop more 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.