Explore by touch with TalkBack

After you turn on TalkBack, you can explore your screen by touch, or swipe linearly to hear items in order. 

Explore by touch

To explore by touch, slowly drag one finger around the screen. TalkBack announces the icons, buttons, and other items as you drag your finger over them. When the focus reaches an item you'd like to select, double-tap anywhere on the screen to select the focused item.

Linear navigation

To explore your screen one item at a time, swipe left or right to move through the items in sequence. After a 1-second delay, TalkBack provides a hint about available actions.

To change the navigation setting, swipe up or down. Headings, links, controls, or default. Then continue swiping right or left to navigate linearly.

Tip: TalkBack gestures provide more ways to navigate quickly on your device. Learn about TalkBack gestures.

Edit text

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:

  1. Slide your finger over the keyboard until you hear the character that you'd like to type.
  2. Lift your finger to type the focused key.

To review text in an input field character by character, press the volume up or down keys.


  • If you've installed a keyboard other than the default Android keyboard, you might have a different experience.
  • If you've connected a physical keyboard to your Android device, review TalkBack keyboard shortcuts.