Use Explore by Touch with TalkBack

Some or all of this information applies only to devices running Android 4.2 and higher.

When TalkBack is turned on, you have the option to use the Explore by Touch feature. Explore by Touch allows you to drag your finger slowly over your screen and describes each item that your finger touches. If the sliding is performed faster, it's considered a gesture. 

TalkBack must be turned on for Explore by Touch to be available. When you turn on TalkBack for the first time, you’ll receive a prompt to turn on Explore by Touch.

Important: If you chose not to turn on Explore by Touch when you switched on TalkBack, you can turn it on later. Go to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings, then touch the checkbox next to Explore by touch. You can follow these steps to turn off Explore by Touch at any time. 

Each action you take with your finger alerts you with spoken feedback, as well as sound (if enabled).

To navigate your device using Explore by Touch, you can:

  • Explore your screen using one finger to hear what icons and buttons are on the screen and can be selected. You can also perform gestures, such as swiping.
  • After finding icons and buttons, double-tap anywhere on the screen to open apps, menus, and more.

To learn about the gestures you can use with TalkBack and Explore by Touch, visit Accessibility gestures for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Recommended tutorial: To learn more about Explore by Touch, go to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings > Launch “Explore by touch” tutorial.