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Make Android TV more accessible

You can make Android TV easier to use by turning on accessibility features.

Use the built-in screen reader

Android TV uses Google’s screen reader, TalkBack, to describe what is happening on the screen.

You can visit the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn more about TalkBack settings.

Turn on screen reader

  1. From Android TV’s Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Preferences," select Accessibility and then Services and thenTalkBack and thenState and thenOn.

Change the screen reader volume & pitch

  1. From Android TV’s Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Preferences," select Accessibility and then Services and then TalkBackand thenConfiguration.
  4. Choose an option.

Use closed captions

You can use closed captions to have Android TV audio displayed as text on the screen.

Turn on closed captions

  1. From Android TV’s Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Preferences," select Accessibility and thenCaptions and thenDisplayand thenOn.

Change caption language, size & color

  1. From Android TV’s Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Preferences," select Accessibility and thenCaptions and thenConfigure.
  4. Choose an option.

Use your phone as a keyboard

You can use the keyboard on your phone to type on your Android TV.

Learn more about using your phone as a remote control for Android TV.

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