Use the TalkBack menu & reading controls

The TalkBack menu and reading controls help you manage settings, use controls, and take action with TalkBack.

Use the TalkBack menu

With TalkBack 9.1, the menu lets you use commands to read, edit text, and control speech output.

Important: The TalkBack 9.1 menu combines the global context menu and local context menu.

Open the TalkBack menu

  • On updated Pixel 3 and up, with TalkBack 9.1 and up: On your device, three-finger tap.
  • On other devices, Android Q and lower: One your device, in one stroke, swipe down then right.

Customize menu options

  1. Open TalkBack settings.
  2. Select Customize menus.
  3. Select Customize TalkBack menu.

The TalkBack menu includes these options by default:

  • Read from next item: From the last focused item, hear the items on the screen.
  • Copy last utterance to clipboard: Copy the last spoken phrase. Then, you can paste it in another app or take other actions on it.
  • Spoken language: If you’ve installed more than one language, change the text-to-speech language.
  • Screen search: Search the screen with a search term.
  • Hide screen: To improve privacy when you’re around other people, hide your display.
  • Voice commands: Speak a command for TalkBack to complete.
  • TalkBack settings: Open TalkBack settings.
  • Text to speech settings: Open text-to-speech settings.

Based on where focus is placed, you may hear different options that respond to the focus. For example:

  • Actions
  • Edit options
  • Links
  • Add label or edit label
  • Suspend TalkBack
    • Only on Android 7 and lower

Use reading controls

Reading controls let you change how you navigate your screen. You can manage settings like how fast TalkBack speaks and whether it reads character to character or line to line.

Open reading controls

  • On Android R on Pixel 3 and up, and some other OEM devices with TalkBack 9.1 and up: On your device, three-finger swipe up or down.
  • On other devices, Android Q and lower: One your device, swipe up, then down, or down, then up.

Customize reading controls

  1. Open TalkBack settings.
  2. Select Customize menus.
  3. Select Customize reading controls.

Reading controls includes these options by default:

  • Characters: Read character by character.
    • To read the next character: Swipe down.
    • To read the previous character: Swipe up.
  • Words: Read word by word.
    • To read the next word: Swipe down
    • To read the previous word: Swipe up.
  • Headings: Jump to the next or previous heading, if available.
  • Controls: Jump to the next or previous items, like buttons, checkboxes, or text fields.
  • Links: Jump to the next or previous link.
  • Speech rate: Change how fast TalkBack speaks.
    • To make it faster: Swipe up.
    • To make it slower: Swipe down.
  • Spoken language: Change text-to-speech language, if you’ve installed more than one text-to-speech language.