Make Google TV more accessible

You can use a screen reader, closed captions, Switch Access, and more to make your Google TV device more accessible.

Use a screen reader

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility.
  2. Under "Services," select TalkBack and then Enable and then OK.

Change screen reader settings

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility.
  2. Under "Services," select TalkBack and then Configuration.
  3. Change settings for speech volume, verbosity (such as keyboard echo and usage hints), and spoken passwords.

Tip: To find more options and settings for TalkBack, such as speech rate and intonation, in the Accessibility menu, select Text to speech.

Turn on closed captions

Important: Your caption preferences might not apply to certain apps.

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility and then Captions.
  2. To show captions, turn on Display.
  3. Choose your options.

Turn on high contrast text

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility.
  2. Turn on High contrast text (Experimental).

Turn on Switch Access

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility.
  2. Under "Services," select Switch Access and then Enable and then OK.

Tip: Learn more about using Switch Access for Android.

Use accessibility shortcuts

Important: Accessibility shortcuts are a quick way to turn on accessibility features. To use accessibility shortcuts, you first need to turn them on.
To turn on accessibility shortcuts:
  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accessibility.
  2. Select Enable accessibility shortcut.
    • By default, the shortcut turns on TalkBack.
  3. To change what's included in the shortcut, select Shortcut service.
  4. Choose an option.
  5. Select OK.
To use the shortcut, on your remote, press and hold the back arrow and down buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.

Find content with audio descriptions

Ask Google to find movies with audio descriptions.
  1. To get started, press the Google Assistant button Assistant on your remote.
  2. Say “Find movies with audio descriptions.”
  3. Select any movie from the recommendations that appear on your screen.
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