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Use TalkBack on Android Wear

Note: TalkBack on Android Wear is an experimental feature requires a watch with a built-in speaker running Android Wear 2.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

As you navigate your device, TalkBack gives you audio feedback so that you can use your watch without looking at the screen.

Set up TalkBack on your watch

Turn on TalkBack from the initial setup screen or Settings at anytime. TalkBack set up is only available in English. After you finish turning it on, you’ll be able to choose from other languages.

Turn on TalkBack when connecting your watch

  1. Press the power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Press two fingers onto your watch’s screen until you hear a sound. The sound means TalkBack has been turned on.
  3. Then follow the onscreen instructions to finish setup.

Note: TalkBack will be available in other languages after you finish the set up.

Turn on TalkBack anytime

The following steps require sighted assistance.

  1. Press the power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settingsand thenAccessibility and thenTalkBack.
  4. Turn the switch to On.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions and agree to any permissions.

After you turn TalkBack, text to speech will take a moment to start up. Please be patient. You’ll know TalkBack is turned on when you hear text-to-speech feedback.

Navigating with TalkBack gestures

For all gestures, use a single motion, a steady speed, and even finger pressure. Most gestures on Android Wear are similar to the main TalkBack gestures, except for the following:

Action Gesture
Scroll forward Swipe up
Scroll back Swipe down
Put watch to sleep Place palm over screen
Back or dismiss Two-finger swipe right

Learn more

Get started on Android with TalkBack

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