Android accessibility overview

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

Content

Use a screen reader with TalkBack

Change your display

Interaction controls

Use a braille display

Captions

Audio

Explore Android accessibility apps and services

Design and develop more accessible apps

Get help

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 six-dot braille on your screen. TalkBack braille keyboard is available in Unified English Braille, Spanish and Arabic.

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 customisable 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

Important: BrailleBack is no longer required to connect to a braille display.

With the TalkBack braille keyboard, you can use six fingers on your screen to enter six-dot braille. TalkBack braille keyboard is available in Unified English Braille, Spanish and Arabic.

Captions

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

  • Live Caption automatically captions speech on your device.
  • Live Transcribe captures speech and sound, displaying them as text on your screen.
  • Sound Notifications help you to know what is happening in your home, like when a smoke alarm beeps or a doorbell rings.
  • Real-Time Text (RTT) lets you use text to communicate on phone calls.

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 and 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 customise your device. Open your device's Settings app, then choose Accessibility.
  • Explore Google Play for accessibility apps and services for Android.

Design and 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.

Get help

For more help with Android accessibility, contact the Google Disability Support team.

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