Use accessibility shortcuts

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 12 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.


Accessibility shortcuts are a quick way to turn on accessibility apps or switch between apps. For each accessibility app, you can choose the shortcut that you want to use.

Step 1: Set up accessibility shortcuts

You can set up as many shortcuts as you like for the accessibility apps that you use on your Android device.

  1. On your device, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Select the app that you want to use with a shortcut.
  4. Select the shortcut setting, like TalkBack shortcut or Magnification shortcut.
  5. Choose a shortcut:
    • Tap accessibility button: Tap the Accessibility button on your screen.
    • Hold volume keys: Touch and hold both volume keys.
    • Two-finger swipe up from bottom, or three-finger swipe if TalkBack is on.
    • Triple-tap screen, available for Magnification only.
  6. Tap Save.

Optional: Change device navigation to buttons or gestures

On many devices, you can choose between three-button navigation and gesture navigation. The Accessibility shortcut Accessibility is only available with three-button navigation. The two-finger swipe shortcut, or three-finger swipe if TalkBack is on, is only available with gesture navigation.

  1. On your device, open the Settings app.
  2. Select System and then Gestures and then System navigation.
  3. Choose your new navigation option.


Tip: If you can't find the accessibility button or use gesture navigation, ask your device manufacturer how to show navigation buttons.

Step 2: Use accessibility shortcuts

After you turn on accessibility shortcuts, you can use them to start your accessibility apps or switch between accessibility apps. Read the tips below for each shortcut.

Tap accessibility button

  • Start an app: In your navigation bar, tap Accessibility Accessibility.
  • Switch between apps: If you've assigned more than one app to use the accessibility button, touch and hold Accessibility Accessibility. In the menu, select the new app.
 

Tap floating accessibility button


  • Start an app: Tap the floating accessibility button.
  • Switch between apps: If you’ve assigned more than one app to use the floating accessibility button, tap the floating accessibility button and scroll. In the menu, select the new app.

Two-finger swipe up from bottom, or three-finger swipe if TalkBack is on

  • Start an app: From the bottom of the screen, swipe up with two fingers, or with three fingers if TalkBack is on.
  • Switch between apps: If you've assigned more than one app to use the accessibility button, swipe up with two fingers and hold, or with three fingers if TalkBack is on, then lift your fingers. In the menu, select the new app.

Volume key shortcut

  • Start an app: Press and hold both volume keys.
  • Switch between apps: Press and hold both volume keys. When the shortcut menu opens, select the app that you want to use.
  • Choose which apps start with the volume key shortcut: Press and hold both volume keys. When the shortcut menu opens, select Edit shortcuts. Choose features to use with this shortcut, then tap Done.

Use volume key shortcut from lock screen

You can set the volume key shortcut to turn on an accessibility feature from the lock screen. You can allow the volume key shortcut to work from the lock screen. 

  1. On your device, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under "Experimental," turn Shortcut from lock screen on.

Developers: Add the accessibility button

Learn how to use the Accessibility button in your accessibility service.

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