Use Hangouts with a screen reader
On a computer, Hangouts is organized with headings and landmarks to make it easier to navigate with a screen reader. Here are some tips for getting the best experience.
Screen readers that work best with Hangouts
- On Windows: Use JAWS or NVDA
- On Mac: Use VoiceOver
- On Chromebook or Linux: Use ChromeVox
- On Android: TalkBack
- On iPhone or iPad: Use VoiceOver
Using VoiceOver on a Mac
Use the following settings so that Tab key navigation reaches all messages in Hangouts:
- On your Mac computer, open System Preferences.
- Click Keyboard.
- Open the "Shortcuts" tab.
- At the bottom, under "Full Keyboard Access," select "All controls."
- Open your browser.
- Chrome: Click More . Click Settings. At the bottom, click Advanced. Under the "Appearance" section, turn on Pressing Tab on a webpage highlights links, as well as form fields.
- Safari: Select Safari Preferences Advanced. Next to "Accessibility," check the box next to "Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage."
Using ChromeVox on a Linux
ChromeVox is a browser extension, so it does not work with the Hangouts Chrome app. To use ChromeVox, go to Hangouts on your browser at hangouts.google.com, in Gmail, in Inbox, or in Google+.
Brenna is a Hangouts expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.