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Use Voice Access commands

Voice Access commands let you control your Android device by speaking.

Step 1: Start Voice Access

If you haven't already installed and turned on Voice Access, learn how to get started with Voice Access.

After Voice Access is turned on, follow these steps:

  1. Open your notification shade
  2. Tap the Voice Access icon labeled "Touch to start"
  3. Say a command, such as "Open Gmail"

Tip: Watch the feedback bar at the top of your screen to see if Voice Access understood you correctly. After completing one command, Voice Access automatically begins listening again for your next command.

Step 2: Use voice commands

After you start Voice Access, you can use commands to control your device. For example, "Open Gmail," "Go home," or "Turn on Wi-Fi."

Basics & navigation

You can use these commands on any screen.

General commands

  • Open [app]
  • Go back
  • Go home
  • Show notifications
  • Show Quick Settings
  • Show recent apps

Voice Access help

  • What can I say?
  • Show all commands
  • Open tutorial
  • Hide numbers
  • Show numbers
  • What is [number]?
  • Stop Voice Access

Settings

  • Turn on Wi-Fi
  • Turn off Wi-Fi
  • Turn on Bluetooth
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Turn up volume
  • Turn down volume
  • Turn [media/alarm/phone] volume up
  • Turn [media/alarm/phone] volume down
  • Mute
  • Silence
  • Unmute
  • Mute [media/alarm/phone] volume
  • Unmute [media/alarm/phone] volume

Say Voice Access numbers

After you start Voice Access, numbers appear next to everything on your screen that you can interact with.

For example, you might see the number 7 next to a Save button, like this: Voice Access number 7. To select the Save button, you could say any of these commands:

  • 7
  • Save
  • Click 7
  • Click Save

If two items on your screen have the same text label (such as two "Options" menus), you can say the number instead of the word. Also, if a text label is long or difficult to pronounce, saying the number might be easier.

If you're not sure which item on your screen goes with a number, you can say "What is [number]?" For example, "What is 7?"

Gesture commands

Use these commands to tap, scroll, and make other gestures with your voice. Replace the sample words in [brackets] with your own commands.

Touch gestures

  • Tap [OK]
  • [OK]
  • Long-press [Hangouts]
  • Switch on [airplane mode]
  • Switch off [airplane mode]
  • Expand [item]
  • Collapse [item]

Swipe gestures

  • Scroll left
  • Scroll right
  • Scroll up
  • Scroll down
  • Scroll to top
  • Scroll to bottom
  • Swipe forwards
  • Swipe backwards
Text editing

Use these commands to type, edit, and format text with your voice. Replace [word or phrase] with your own commands.

Voice Access shows a blue border around editable text fields to show that you can start typing and editing. If the blue border doesn't appear around a text field, say the number next to the text field.

Type text

  • Type [word or phrase]
  • [word or phrase]
  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Insert [word or phrase] before [word or phrase]
  • Insert [word or phrase] after [word or phrase]
  • Insert [word or phrase] between [word or phrase] and [word or phrase]
  • Format email 
    • Note: This command formats nearby text as an email address, if possible. For example, to format the text "info at company dot com" as an email address (info@company.com) say "format email."

Replace text

  • Replace [word or phrase] with [word or phrase]
  • Replace everything between [word or phrase] and [word or phrase] with [word or phrase]
  • Capitalize [word or phrase]
  • Uppercase [word or phrase]
  • Lowercase [word or phrase]

Delete text

  • Delete
  • Delete all
  • Delete [word or phrase]
  • Delete to the beginning
  • Delete to the end
  • Delete selected text
  • Delete from [word or phrase] to [word or phrase]
  • Delete [3] words*
  • Delete the next [5] sentences*

Move the cursor

  • Go to the beginning
  • Go to the end
  • Move after [word or phrase]
  • Move before [word or phrase]
  • Move between [word or phrase] and [word or phrase]
  • Right [4] characters*
  • Left [6] words*

Select text

  • Select all text
  • Unselect all text
  • Select to the beginning
  • Select to the end
  • Select [word or phrase]
  • Select from [word or phrase] to [word or phrase]
  • Select [5] sentences*
  • Select the next [6] lines*

Cut, copy, and paste

  • Cut
  • Copy
  • Paste

Show or hide the keyboard

  • Show keyboard
  • Hide keyboard

*Starred commands work for characters, words, sentences, lines, paragraphs, or pages.

Stop Voice Access

To stop Voice Access:

  • Touch anywhere on the screen.
  • Say "Stop Voice Access."
  • Turn the screen off. To save battery, Voice Access automatically stops when the screen is off.
  • Open your notification shade, then tap the Voice Access icon labeled "Touch to pause."
  • If you configured a Bluetooth switch, you can press the switch to stop Voice Access.
  • If you turned on "Timeout after no speech" in Voice Access settings, wait thirty seconds.

Note: To turn off the Voice Access app entirely, go to Settings and then Accessibility and then Voice Access.