Use TalkBack to browse the web with Chrome

You can get spoken feedback when you use TalkBack in the Chrome browser.

To learn more, complete the TalkBack tutorial.

Explore pages with reading controls

To cycle through the reading controls:

  1. In Chrome, open a page.
  2. Swipe down then up, or up then down, until you reach the setting that you want.
    • You can choose a setting, like Headings, Links or Words.
    • On devices with multi-finger gestures, you can also three-finger swipe.
  3. After you choose a reading control:
    • To move forward: Swipe down.
    • To move back with the chosen setting: Swipe up.

Reading controls in Chrome

  • Headings: Navigate by headings.
  • Links: Navigate by different kinds of links, like visited, unvisited or active.
  • Controls: Navigate by controls, like form fields, buttons or menus.
  • Characters: Explore one character or one word at a time.

Add or remove items from reading controls

  1. Open TalkBack settings.
  2. Select Customise menus.
  3. Select Customise reading controls.
    • You can add items like lines, paragraphs, landmarks or reset to default.

Explore pages with a keyboard

If you use an external keyboard with your Android device, you can use TalkBack keyboard shortcuts to navigate pages.

Read articles in simplified view

You can read some pages in a simplified view that focuses on the content.

  1. In Chrome, open a page.
  2. Go to More options: Swipe left once, then double-tap.
  3. Go to Settings: Swipe left several times, then double-tap.
  4. On the Settings screen, select Accessibility.
  5. Turn on Simplified view.

Tip: When simplified view options are available on a page, you hear a notification. Explore the screen towards the bottom to Show simplified view. To start, double-tap.

Related resources

For more help with TalkBack, contact the Google Disability support team.

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