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Use TalkBack gestures

TalkBack gestures let you navigate quickly on your Android device.

There are three types of gestures in TalkBack: basic gestures, back-and-forth gestures, and angle gestures. For all gestures, use a single motion, a steady speed, and even finger pressure.

Basic gestures

Action

Gesture

Move to next item on screen Swipe right
Move to previous item on screen Swipe left
Cycle through navigation settings Swipe up or down
Select focused item Double-tap

Back-and-forth gestures

Action

Swipe

Move to first item on screen Up then down
Move to last item on screen Down then up
Scroll forward
(if you're on a page longer than one screen)
Right then left
Scroll back
(if you're on a page longer than one screen)
Left then right
Move slider up
(such as volume)
Right then left
Move slider down
(such as volume)
Left then right

Angle gestures

These gestures are two-part swipes at a right angle. For example, the default gesture for going to the Home screen is to swipe up then left at a sharp 90-degree angle.

Action

Swipe

Home button Up then left
Back button Down then left
Overview button Left then up
Notifications Right then down
(see note below)
Open local context menu Up then right
Open global context menu Down then right

Note: The Notifications gesture (right then down) is available only in some TalkBack versions. If this gesture doesn't work for you, use a two-finger swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notifications shade.

Two-finger gestures

All TalkBack gestures use one finger. As long as you only use one finger on the screen, your touch or gesture is only interpreted by TalkBack.

When you use two or more fingers, your touch or gesture goes straight to the application, rather than to TalkBack. For example, on most pages you can usually scroll by slowly dragging one finger. With TalkBack on, you can scroll by dragging two fingers.

In some applications, you can zoom by putting two fingers on the screen and pinching them together or pulling them apart. These gestures work normally with TalkBack on, since they use two fingers.

Customize TalkBack gestures

For the one-finger gestures listed above, you can keep the default gestures or assign new actions to the gestures.

To reassign actions to gestures:

  1. Open your device's Settings app
  2. Select Accessibility and then TalkBack and then Settings and then Gestures
  3. Select the gesture to which you want to assign a new action
  4. Select the action that you want to assign to the gesture. Along with the actions listed in the tables above, you can assign the following actions to gestures:
    • Open Quick Settings
    • Read from top
    • Read from next item
    • Show actions