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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.
  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 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 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

Other feedback

Setting

Description

Options

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 Available when Sound feedback is turned on. 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

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
TalkBack tutorial Review a tutorial on TalkBack. Touch to launch tutorial
Gestures Select this setting to change the meaning of TalkBack gestures. Learn more about TalkBack gestures.
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.

Miscellaneous

Setting

Description

Options

Keyboard shortcuts Change TalkBack keyboard shortcuts settings. (TalkBack 4.2 and later.) Learn more about TalkBack keyboard shortcuts.
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

 

Settings in earlier TalkBack versions

Find your TalkBack version 

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  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

  • 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.
  • 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. (TalkBack 5.2 and earlier.)
  • Keyboard echo: Hear typed keys always, never, or only for on-screen keyboard. (TalkBack 5.2 and earlier.)
  • 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. (TalkBack 5.2 and earlier.)
  • Speak caller ID: Hear your caller's identity spoken before you answer. (TalkBack 4.4 and earlier.)
  • 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 through 5.2.)
  • Speak usage hints: Hear usage hints when you navigate among screen elements, after a brief delay. (TalkBack 4.3.1 through 5.2.)
  • Vibration feedback: Get vibration feedback for your actions, such as when you select an object or navigate on your device.
  • 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.)
  • Resume from suspend: Choose how TalkBack should resume after you've suspended it.