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Stadia screen reader and accessibility options

A screen reader can help you navigate the Stadia menu if you're unable to read the text on the screen. Chromecast Ultra has a built-in screen reader, and other Stadia-compatible devices have built-in accessibility options, including but not limited to screen readers.

How can a screen reader help me?

A screen reader can help you:

The screen reader can't be used for gameplay or social features like voice and text chat. Stay tuned for news about additional functionality.

Stadia screen reader on your TV

Stadia's built-in screen reader works with Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast with Google TV, and Android TV devices.

Screen reader shortcut

To toggle the Stadia screen reader on your Chromecast Ultra when you're not playing a game, press and hold Options Stadia options button and Menu Stadia menu button on your Stadia Controller for 5 seconds. Stadia will tell you when the screen reader is switched on or off.

Menu and option buttons, highlighted on the Stadia Controller

After you turn on the screen reader, it will stay on until you turn it off, as long as you continue to use the same device on your TV.

Note: The screen reader does not work with Chromecast Ultra's ambient mode. It can't read the linking code that lets you connect your controller to the Chromecast. If you need help reading the linking code, contact a Google Disability Support Specialist through the Be My Eyes app.

Enable the Stadia screen reader on Chromecast Ultra

  1. Tap the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller.
  2. At the top of the menu, select Options Settings icon.
  3. Turn on the Stadia screen reader.

Screen readers on Google TV, Android TV, and smart TVs

To enable the screen reader on a Google TV or Android TV device, open the device's system settings and navigate to accessibility options. On a Stadia-compatible smart TV, accessibility options can be found in the TV's menu. Depending on your TV, screen readers might have names like Audio Guidance or Voice Guide.

Screen readers on your mobile device or computer

  • To use a screen reader on your mobile device, go to your device's system settings and turn on the screen reader in accessibility settings.
  • If you use Stadia on a computer, you can install accessibility extensions for Google Chrome to use screen readers in your browser.

Other accessibility options

Some devices have accessibility options. For example:

  • The Stadia app Stadia icon is compatible with some accessibility features on your Android phone, iPhone®, or iPad®. To use them, turn them on in your mobile device's settings.
  • Some Stadia-compatible controllers, like the Xbox® Adaptive Controller, support accessibility features.
  • Tandem Mode is an experimental version of a feature intended to expand your input device options when you play Stadia games with a wireless controller.

Accessibility features in Stadia games

To check if a game has accessibility features, go to its detail page in the Stadia store.

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