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Learn about all TalkBack settings

To review or change TalkBack settings, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings.

TalkBack has four settings categories:

  • Speech: These settings control spoken feedback.
  • Other feedback: These settings control vibration and non-verbal sounds.
  • Touch exploration: These settings control touch exploration and gestures.
  • Miscellaneous: These settings include keyboard shortcuts, suspend and resume, and more.

Note: Settings vary by device and TalkBack version. To find your TalkBack version, navigate to Settings and then Apps and then TalkBack. The version number (such as "version 4.4.1") is listed at the top of the screen.

Speech settings

Setting

Description

Options

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. Match media volume; 75% of media volume; 50% of media volume; 25% of media volume
Verbosity Set the TalkBack speech verbosity.
Custom (the default setting) lets you adjust all your speech preferences. Choose High to quickly turn on speech preferences, or choose Low to quickly turn off speech preferences. (TalkBack 5.2 and later.)
Custom; High; Low
Use pitch changes Change the voice pitch for keyboard feedback. When you check this option, spoken keyboard feedback is set to a lower-pitched voice. On; Off
Keyboard echo Hear typed keys. Always speak typed keys; Only for on-screen keyboard; Never speak typed keys
Speak when screen is off By default, no speech occurs when the screen is off. When checked, notifications are spoken when the screen is off. On; Off
Use proximity sensor Some Android models have proximity sensors. If present, use this setting to temporarily 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
Shake to start continuous reading Shaking the device enables continuous reading. Disabled; Very light; Light; Medium; Hard; Very hard
Speak caller ID Hear your caller's identity spoken before you answer. (TalkBack 4.4 and earlier.) On; Off
Speak phonetic letters Hear phonetic letters (such as "F, foxtrot" or "S, sierra") when you long-press on the keyboard or move the accessibility focus by a character in a text input field. (TalkBack 4.3.1 and later.) On; Off
Speak usage hints Hear usage hints when you navigate among screen elements, after a brief delay. (TalkBack 4.3.1 and later.) On; Off

Other feedback settings

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
Focus speech audio Make other audio volume decrease when TalkBack is speaking. On; Off
Sound volume Available when Sound feedback is enabled. Controls the sound volume of speech and other sounds created by TalkBack relative to the system’s volume. Match media volume; 75% of media volume; 50% of media volume; 25% of media volume

Touch exploration settings

Setting

Description

Options

Explore by touch Touch the screen to hear what's under your finger. This setting is enabled by default. If disabled, your device doesn't respond to shortcut gestures or speak items when you touch the screen. Learn more about touch exploration. On; Off
Automatically scroll lists When checked, lists scroll by themselves during linear navigation (swiping to move between objects). On; Off
Single-tap selection (Experimental) Touch currently focused item only once to select, 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
Launch "Explore by touch" tutorial Review a tutorial on touch exploration. Touch to launch tutorial
Manage gestures Select this setting to change the meaning of TalkBack gestures. Learn more about TalkBack gestures.
Manage custom labels Use this setting to manage any custom labels that you've created with the local context menu. Learn more in Global and local context menus.
Export custom labels If you've added custom labels, select this option to export them and share with other people. (TalkBack 4.4 and later.) Learn more in Global and local context menus.

Miscellaneous settings

Setting

Description

Options

Manage keyboard shortcuts Change TalkBack keyboard shortcuts settings. (TalkBack 4.2 and later.) Learn more about TalkBack keyboard shortcuts.
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. (TalkBack 4.2 and later.) On; Off
Dim screen when TalkBack is enabled If enabled, the screen brightness is reduced to almost zero when TalkBack is on. For the first three minutes, you can disable screen dimming by pressing the volume up and down buttons three times quickly. During these first three minutes, instructions to disable screen dimming appear on the screen. (TalkBack 4.2 and later.) On; Off
Dim screen shortcut Press both volume keys three times quickly to enable or disable screen dimming. (TalkBack 4.4 and later.) On; Off
Resume from suspend Choose how TalkBack should resume after you've suspended it. When screen turns on; When lock screen is shown; From notification only
Developer settings > Log output level App developers can use this setting to specify which types of events to log. None; Assert; Error; Warn; Info; Debug; Verbose
Developer settings > Display speech output When enabled, spoken results are shown on-screen. On; Off