Use accessibility shortcuts

Some of these steps only work on Android 11.0 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. Open your device's settings app   Settings app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select the app that you want to use with a shortcut.
  4. Select the shortcut setting, such as TalkBack shortcut or Magnification shortcut.
  5. Choose a shortcut: 
    • Tap accessibility button: At the bottom of your screen, tap the accessibility button 
    • Hold volume keys: Press and hold both volume keys
    • 2-finger swipe up from bottom (3-finger swipe with TalkBack turned on)
    • Triple-tap screen (available for Magnification only)
  6. Select Save.

Optional: Change device navigation to buttons or gestures

On many devices, you can choose between 3-button navigation and gesture navigation. The accessibility button shortcut (Accessibility) is only available with 3-button navigation, and the 2-finger swipe shortcut (3-finger swipe with TalkBack on) is only available with gesture navigation.

To change your system navigation option:

  1. Open your device's settings app Settings app.
  2. Select System and then Gestures and then System navigation.
  3. Choose your new navigation option.

If you have trouble finding the accessibility button or using 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: Tap the accessibility button in your navigation bar Accessibility.
  • Switch between apps: If you've assigned more than one app to use the accessibility button, touch and hold the Accessibility button Accessibility. In the menu, select the new app.

2-finger swipe up from bottom (3-finger swipe with TalkBack on)

  • Start an app: From the bottom of the screen, 2-finger swipe up (3-finger swipe with TalkBack on).
  • Switch between apps: If you've assigned more than one app to use the accessibility button, 2-finger swipe up and hold (3-finger swipe with TalkBack 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. Open your device's settings app Settings app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Under Experimental, turn on Shortcut from lock screen

Developers: Add the accessibility button

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