Learn about all TalkBack settings

You can adjust your TalkBack settings to suit your preferences. 

Step 1: Open TalkBack settings

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Open Accessibility, then TalkBack.
  3. Open Settings.

Step 2: View or change TalkBack settings

Note: Settings vary by device and TalkBack version. If your settings are different from the ones described below, refer to Settings in earlier TalkBack versions below. 

Speech

Setting

Description

Options

Text to speech settings Choose your preferred text-to-speech engine, language, rate, and pitch.  Learn more about text-to-speech settings.
Verbosity

Choose your TalkBack speech verbosity. Set to Custom (the default setting) to adjust all speech preferences:

  • Keyboard echo
  • Speak usage hints
  • Speak list and grid information 
  • Speak the number of list items on the screen
  • Speak element type
  • Speak phonetic letters  
  • Use pitch changes
  • Speak when screen is off
  • Element description order
  • Speak element IDs
Custom; High; Low
Use proximity sensor

If your device has a proximity sensor, use this setting to silence TalkBack.

  • Phones: Wave your finger on the proximity sensor to silence TalkBack.
  • Tablets: Touch any application on the display screen. Touch the screen again to restart TalkBack.
Proximity sensor silences speech; Proximity sensor does not control speech
Speak passwords Choose whether TalkBack always speaks passwords, or only when using headphones. On; Off

Other feedback

Setting

Description

Options

Vibration feedback Get vibration feedback for your actions, such as when you select an object or navigate on your device. On; Off
Sound feedback Get sound feedback in addition to verbalizations as you navigate. On; Off
Audio ducking (Focus speech audio) Make other audio volume decrease when TalkBack is speaking. On; Off
Sound volume Controls the volume of TalkBack feedback sounds relative to the system’s volume. Available when Sound feedback is turned on. Match media volume; 75% of media volume; 50% of media volume; 25% of media volume

Navigation

Setting

Description

Options

Single-tap activation (Experimental) Tap currently focused item only once to activate, instead of double-tapping. On; Off
Show context menu as list Select this setting to show the global and local context menus as lists instead of circles. Learn more about the global and local context menus. On; Off
Gestures Select this setting to change the meaning of TalkBack gestures. Learn more about TalkBack gestures.
Selector Available on devices with a fingerprint sensor using Android 8 or later. When this setting is on, use the fingerprint sensor to navigate in TalkBack.   Learn more about using the Selector.
Keyboard shortcuts Change TalkBack keyboard shortcuts settings. Learn more about TalkBack keyboard shortcuts.
Custom labels Use this setting to manage any custom labels that you've created with the local context menu, including import and export. Learn more in Global and local context menus.
Explore by touch

Note: Starting in Android Accessibility Suite 8.1, this setting is under Developer settings. 

Touch the screen to hear what's under your finger. This setting is on by default. If you turn it off, your device doesn't respond to shortcut gestures and doesn't speak items when you touch the screen. Learn more about touch exploration.

On; Off

 

Settings in earlier TalkBack versions

Find your TalkBack version 

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Open Apps, then TalkBack.
  3. The version number is at the top of the screen (such as version 5.2).

Settings in earlier TalkBack versions

  • Automatically scroll lists: Lists scroll by themselves during linear navigation. Starting in Android Accessibility Suite 8.1, this setting is on by default.
  • Shake to start continuous reading: Shaking the device enables continuous reading.
  • Enhanced focus: When you move to a new screen, TalkBack focus goes to the first focusable element on the screen. If you're returning to a screen that you previously visited, focus goes to where you left off on the screen. Starting in Android Accessibility Suite 8.1, this setting is on by default.
  • Dim screen when TalkBack is enabled: Screen brightness reduces when TalkBack is on.  Starting in Android Accessibility Suite 8.1, the Dim screen control is only available in the global context menu.
  • Dim screen shortcut: Press both volume keys three times quickly to enable or disable screen dimming.
  • Speech volume: Set the TalkBack speech volume to be the same or less than the media volume. Media volume is the volume of other sound on your device.
  • Speak caller ID: Hear your caller's identity spoken before you answer. 
  • TalkBack suspend and resume shortcut: When this setting is on, you can long press the volume up and down keys to suspend or resume TalkBack. 
  • Resume from suspend: Choose how TalkBack should resume after you've suspended it.