Explore by touch in TalkBack

As you move your finger over the screen, TalkBack announces what's under your finger.

Basic touch exploration

To explore by touch, slowly drag one finger around the screen to move focus. You'll hear the icons, buttons, and other objects on the screen. When the focus reaches an item you'd like to select, double-tap anywhere on the screen to activate the focused item.

Linear navigation

You can also explore what's on your screen by swiping. Simply swipe left or right to move through the items in sequence. After a 1-second delay, TalkBack provides a hint about available actions (starting in TalkBack 4.3.1). Learn more about TalkBack gestures.

The virtual keyboard

When you enter a text editing field, a virtual keyboard appears on the bottom of the screen. You can explore this keyboard by touch just as you would other screens, but the activation works differently. To type a letter, slide your finger over the keyboard until you hear the character you'd like to type, then lift your finger to type the focused key. (Note: If you've installed a keyboard other than the default Android keyboard, you might have a different experience.)

To review text in an input field character by character, press the volume keys. Pressing volume up moves the cursor to the previous character, and volume down moves it to the next character.

Beginning in TalkBack 4.3.1, you can hear phonetic descriptions of each letter on the keyboard or in your text input field (such as "S, sierra" or "F, foxtrot"). In TalkBack settings, under Speech settings, turn on Speak phonetic letters. This option is currently only available for US English.

Learn more about global and local context menus.