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Use Android apps with accessibility features

Most Chromebook accessibility features work with your Android apps. But your Android apps also have a few accessibility settings of their own.

Note: Currently, braille devices don’t work with Android apps on Chromebooks.

Turn accessibility settings on or off

For your Android apps, you can:

To change these settings:

  1. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. In the "Google Play Store" section, click Manage your Android preferences.
  4. In the "System" section, click Accessibility.
  5. Change the settings you want.

Use a screen reader

To use a screen reader with your Android apps:

  1. Turn on the ChromeVox screen reader by pressing Ctrl + Alt + z.
  2. Open an Android app or the Google Play Store app.
  3. Your Chromebook will switch to the Android screen reader, called TalkBack. Learn how to use TalkBack.

When you leave the app, your Chromebook will switch back to ChromeVox.

Tip: If you’re using a touchscreen Chromebook, maximize the Android app window to fill your entire screen. This way, you won't be as likely to accidentally touch outside the app window and switch back to ChromeVox.

Move around within Android apps

With TalkBack, you can move around your Android apps by using these keyboard shortcuts:

  • To click, press Search + Space.
  • To go forward, press Search + Right arrow.
  • To go backward, press Search + Left arrow.
  • To open the list of keyboard shortcuts, press Search + k.

If you use a touchscreen Chromebook, all TalkBack gestures will also work in your Android apps.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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