Use Accessibility Features on Wear OS

You can customize your Wear OS device with accessibility settings and apps.

Important: Features may vary by device capability and software version. Additional features may be available from your device manufacturer. Get device help here.

As you navigate your device, TalkBack gives you audio feedback so that you don't have to look at your screen when you use your watch.

Turn on TalkBack when you first set up your watch

Important: TalkBack setup is only available in English. After you finish turning it on, you can choose from other languages.

  1. Press the Power button on the side of your watch to wake it up. 
  2. Press two fingers onto your watch’s screen until you hear a sound. The sound means TalkBack has been turned on.
  3. Follow the instructions to finish setup.

Turn on TalkBack after you set up your watch

Important: The following steps require sighted assistance.
  1. Press the Power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings and then Accessibility and then TalkBack.
  4. Tap the toggle switch to turn Talkback on.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions and agree to any permissions.

After you turn on TalkBack, text-to-speech will take a moment to start up. You’ll know TalkBack is turned on when you hear text-to-speech feedback.

Navigate your watch with TalkBack gestures

For all gestures, use a single motion, a steady speed, and even finger pressure.

Action

Gesture

Scroll up or down

2-finger swipe up or down

Scroll left or right

2-finger swipe left or right

Next item

One-finger swipe right

Previous item

One-finger swipe left

Back

Two-finger swipe right

Turn the screen off

Place palm over screen

Turn off TalkBack after you set up your watch

If your watch highlights items on screen and speaks to you, you may have turned on TalkBack.

Important: The following steps require sighted assistance. Depending on your device, you may be able to turn TalkBack off from your device’s companion app.

To turn off TalkBack:

  1. Press the Power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings and then Accessibility and then TalkBack.
    • Tip: Since Talkback is on, you will have to tap each item twice to select it.
  4. Tap the toggle switch to turn Talkback off.

Font Size

Wear 3

To make your font size smaller or larger:

  1. Press the Power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings and then Accessibility and then Display Settings and then Font Size.

Select your preferred font size: Small, Normal (Default), Medium, Large, Larger, Largest

Magnification

Too zoom or magnify to see your Wear OS device’s screen better:

Wear 3

  1. Press the Power button on the side of your watch to wake it up.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings and then Accessibility and then Magnification.

Zoom in or out

  1. Triple tap the screen.
  2. Drag with two fingers to pan across the screen.

Zoom temporarily

  1. Triple tap the screen and hold on the third tap. 
  2. Drag your finger to pan across the screen.
  3. Lift your finger to exit zoom.

Wear 2.x

  1. If the screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  • Tip: If you don't immediately see the settings icon, swipe left to find it.
  1. Tap Accessibility.
  2. Tap Magnification Gestures to turn on or off.
  3. Tap the check mark to confirm.

Zoom in or out

  1. Triple tap the screen.
  2. Pinch to adjust the zoom.
  3. Drag with two fingers to pan across the screen.

Zoom temporarily

  1. Triple tap the screen and hold on the third tap.
  2. Drag your finger to pan across the screen.
  3. Lift your finger to exit zoom.

Learn more

There's more you can do with your device after you set up TalkBack. Learn how to get started with TalkBack.

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