Use a screen reader with the Google Home and Google Wifi apps

The Google Home and Google Wifi apps are compatible with accessibility options like TalkBack for Android and VoiceOver for iOS devices. Both are screen reading services that describe out loud what you touch, select and activate. You can use touch exploration and gestures to navigate your device without visual input.

Learn more about Android accessibility features.

Turn on TalkBack for Android

TalkBack is a Google screen reader service that’s included on your Android device. If you don’t have TalkBack installed on your device, you can download TalkBack in Google Play.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Open Accessibility, then Talkback.
  3. Turn on TalkBack.
  4. In the confirmation dialogue, tap OK.

Once you enable TalkBack, spoken feedback starts immediately. As you navigate your device, TalkBack describes your actions and alerts you of notifications.

Learn how to navigate your device using TalkBack gestures.

Google Wifi app TalkBack instructions example

To change your Wi-Fi network name in the Google Wifi app:

  1. With TalkBack on, select the Google Wifi app, then double tap to open it.
  2. Swipe right to hear all the items on the screen.
  3. Select the Settings and actions tab , then double tap to open.
  4. Select Network and general, then double tap to open.
  5. Swipe right until you hear your Wi-Fi network, then double tap to open.
  6. Double tap Edit to open your Wi-Fi name settings.
  7. Select your network name then double tap to open the keyboard.
  8. Once you’ve changed your network name, select and double tap Save.

Learn more about using TalkBack

Turn on VoiceOver for iOS

VoiceOver is a screen reader service that’s included in your iOS device. Here’s how to turn it on:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad open your phone's settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility and then VoiceOver.
  3. Turn on VoiceOver.

With VoiceOver, one touch will highlight an item and tell you what it is. To select an item, touch it once to highlight, then double tap. Swipe down or up with two fingers to hear all the items on the screen.

Google Wifi app VoiceOver instructions example

To change your Wi-Fi network name in the Google Wifi app:

  1. Double tap the Google Wifi app to open it.
  2. VoiceOver will automatically tell you the first item on the screen, which is the navigation button. Swipe right until you reach Settings and actions tab . Double tap to open it.
  3. Swipe down with two fingers to hear all the items in the navigation menu.
  4. Select Network and general, then double tap to open.
  5. Swipe right until you hear your Wi-Fi network. Double tap to open.
  6. Double tap Edit to open your network name settings.
  7. Double tap to the text field to open it and reveal the keyboard.
  8. After entering a new network name, double tap Save.

Learn more about using VoiceOver.

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