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Android - Turn on TalkBack

The TalkBack screen reader gives you spoken feedback and notifications.

Option 1: Press both volume keys

  1. Press both volume keys for 3 seconds.
  2. If TalkBack doesn't turn on right away, press both volume keys again for 3 seconds.


Option 2: Turn on TalkBack in your device Settings

The steps below require sighted assistance.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Open Accessibility, then TalkBack.
  3. Turn on TalkBack.
    • If you're using Android 4.0 or earlier, refer to the steps for earlier Android versions below. 
  4. In the confirmation dialog, tap OK.

Steps for earlier Android versions

  • Android 4.0: Select TalkBack and slide the TalkBack switch to the on position. Next, go back to the previous screen and turn on Explore by touch.
  • Android 3.2 and earlier: Select the Accessibility checkbox, then select the TalkBack checkbox.

Learn how to check your Android version.

Option 3: Set up a new Android device with TalkBack

You can turn on TalkBack when you turn on your Android device for the very first time. 

If possible, keep headphones handy so that you can plug them in when it's time to enter any passwords, such as your Wi-Fi password. By default, key echo is only turned on if headphones are plugged into your device. You can change this setting later on your Android device settings.

  • Android 4.1 and above: Press and hold two fingers on the setup screen. When your device recognizes this gesture, TalkBack is enabled and a tutorial begins.
  • Android 4.0: Use your finger to draw a closed rectangle on the setup screen. When your device recognizes this gesture, you'll hear a beep.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:android samsung talkback accessibility voice device cell phone mobile   Doc ID:81662
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-04-18 14:20 MDTUpdated:2022-05-03 15:21 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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