Move around your Home screen with TalkBack

Your Home screen is displayed when you turn on or unlock your device. You can get to the Home screen at any time by swiping up then left in an L-shaped gesture.

Step 1: Unlock your device

If you've set a password or pin for your device, there are two ways to unlock your device once TalkBack is turned on:

  • Two-finger swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen. 
  • Explore by touch to find the Unlock button at the bottom-middle of the screen, then double-tap.

Step 2: Move around your Home screen

To move between items on the Home screen, swipe left or right. TalkBack announces where your focus is, then you can double-tap to select.

If your device has more than one Home screen, you can move between Home screens with a two-finger swipe left or right. TalkBack announces what screen you’re on, such as 'Home screen 1 of 3'.

Parts of the Home screen

Status bar 

Here you can find basic status information, such as notifications, the status of your battery and connections to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or your mobile network.

Note: If your focus is on the status bar, you can't use the usual swipe gesture to move to the next item. To move focus out of the status bar, touch another part of the screen.

Search bar 

Some Android devices automatically include a search bar on the Home screen. Here you can search the web without needing to open a separate app. If your device doesn't include the search bar automatically, you can add it as a widget (refer to the Widgets section below).


The status bar at the top of the screen includes notifications. To open the notifications, two-finger swipe down from the top of the screen. To close the notification shade, use a two-finger swipe from bottom to top.


Apps are small programs that perform specific tasks, such as check the weather, listen to music, send email or read books Apps are opened via icons on your screen. For example, the Gmail icon on your Home screen opens the Gmail app.

Here are tips for exploring and using your apps:

  • To discover what apps are on your Home screen, move your finger over the screen.
  • To open an app once it has focus, double-tap anywhere on the screen.
  • To explore all apps on your device, move focus to the Apps icon, then double-tap.
  • To add an app to your Home screen, touch the app once to give it focus, then double-tap and hold to place it on the Home screen.


Folders are collections of apps. For example, a Google Play folder might hold a collection of Google Play apps, such as Play Music, Play Books and Play Movies. Folder icons can appear on your Home screen just like app icons. You can open the folder, then explore the app icons inside the folder by moving your finger over the screen.


Your Home screen might have widgets. Widgets are shortcuts to let you get information or perform tasks extra quickly. For example, the Calendar widget displays your calendar on your Home screen so that you can read your calendar events without any extra steps.

To add a new widget:

  1. Touch and hold two fingers on the Home screen. When you hear 'Home screen 1 of 1,' you're on the screen where you can add widgets.
  2. Near the bottom of the screen, locate the 'Widgets' button, then double-tap to select.
  3. Swipe right or left to move your focus through the widgets.
  4. To add the focused widget, double-tap.