Use a screen reader with Google Calendar

You can create and track events, send invites to others, accept or reject invitations, and more in Google Calendar using a screen reader.

Turn on the TalkBack screen reader

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility and then TalkBack.
  3. Turn on "TalkBack."
  4. Tap OK.

Learn more about how to turn on TalkBack.

Navigate with TalkBack

These controls are at the top of your screen:

  • Month name: If you're in schedule view, day view, or week view, double-tap the month name to show or hide a list of dates to pick from.
  • Jump to today: Double-tap to focus on today.
  • More options: Double-tap to open a menu with the option to refresh your calendar. Two-finger swipe left to close this menu.
  • Calendar list & settings drawer: Double-tap to open and explore this section, then two-finger swipe left to close it. The menu includes:
    • Calendar views, including Schedule, Day, Week, and Month
    • Search
    • A list of your calendars
    • Settings
    • Help & Feedback

Create an event, reminder, or task

  1. To select Create new event, swipe down then up in one motion.
  2. Double-tap the screen.
  3. Select Event, Reminder, or Goal. To select the buttons, swipe up, down, left or right.
  4. Double-tap the screen.
  5. Complete the event details.

Use navigation shortcuts in different calendar views

Choose a calendar view below to learn how to navigate.

While viewing your schedule of events, reminders, and goals

When you open your calendar, you'll be in this "Schedule view" by default.

  • Move between events, reminders, and goals: Swipe left, right, up, or down.
  • Scroll to earlier or later dates: Two-finger swipe up or down.
  • View and edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.

While viewing a single day

  • Move focus onto the first event, reminder, or goal of the day: Swipe right or down.
  • Move between events, reminders, or goals: Swipe right, left, up, or down.
  • View and edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.
  • Create an event if your focus is on an empty hour: Double-tap.
  • Move to the beginning or end of the day: Two-finger swipe up or down.
  • Move to the previous or next day: Two-finger swipe left or right.

While viewing the whole week

  • Move to the previous or next day: Two-finger swipe left or right.
  • Move focus onto the first event, reminder, or goal of the day: Swipe right or down.
  • Move to the previous or next event, reminder, or goal: Swipe right, left, up, or down.
  • View and edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.
  • Create an event if your focus is on an empty hour: Double-tap.

While picking a date in the date picker

In schedule view, day view, or week view, double-tap the month name in the header to pick from days in the month.

  • Move focus to the previous day: Swipe left or up.
  • Move focus to the next day: Swipe right or down.
  • Move focus to the first day of the previous month: Two-finger swipe right.
  • Move focus on the first day of the following month: Two-finger swipe left.
  • Move the focus one day at a time: Move your finger over the month.
  • Close month view and go to the focused day: Double-tap.
  • Exit the month view without changing to a different day: Swipe down then left.

While viewing the whole month

  • Move to the previous or next month: Two-finger swipe left or right.
  • Move one event at a time: Swipe left or right.
  • Open the currently focused day: Double-tap.
  • Exit the day and return to month view: Swipe down then left.

While viewing an event, reminder, or goal

  • Move to the next part of the event, reminder, or goal: Swipe right or down.
  • Move to the previous part of the event, reminder, or goal: Swipe left or up.
  • Exit and go to the last place you focused: Swipe down then left.

While creating or editing an event

  • Move to the previous field: Swipe left or up.
  • Move to the next field: Swipe right or down.
  • Exit the edit or create view and go back to the last place you focused: Swipe down then left.
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