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Navigate Your Phone with TalkBack

Use TalkBack if you need to navigate your phone by spoken feedback. When you tap the screen, your phone vibrates and gives you an audible response so you know what you are tapping.

Turn TalkBack On

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility > TalkBack.
  3. Tap the TalkBack On/Off switch.
  4. Read the TalkBack disclaimer and then tap OK. Your phone will enable Explore by touch, which provides an audible description of what you’re touching on the screen.
  • A short tutorial explaining how to use TalkBack will begin playing after you turn on TalkBack.

Note: TalkBack works best if you turn off auto-rotate screen.

Use TalkBack Gestures

When TalkBack is turned on and the Explore by touch setting is selected, the regular touch gestures are replaced by the TalkBack gestures.

Note: HTC gestures such as 3-finger swiping may not be available when TalkBack gestures are enabled.

To open an item:

  1. Drag your finger on the screen to find and select the item.
  2. Double-tap anywhere on the screen to open the item.

To move an item:

  1. Drag your finger on the screen to find the item.
  2. Double-tap anywhere on the screen, but don’t lift your finger on the second tap.
  3. Drag the item to a new spot and then lift your finger.

To scroll through a screen:

  • Use two fingers to swipe up, down, left or right.

To unlock the lock screen:

  • Use two fingers to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

To open the notification panel:

  • Use two fingers to swipe down from the top of the screen.

Assign TalkBack Shortcuts

TalkBack has customizable gestures that you can use to open the notification panel, view recent apps, access TalkBack controls, and more.

Important: The steps below are described using the regular gestures. Use the corresponding TalkBack gestures if you already have TalkBack turned on.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app iconSettings.
  2. Tap Accessibility > TalkBack.
  3. Tap more options icon > Settings > Manage gestures.
  4. Tap any of the gestures under Shortcut gestures, and then select an action.

Use TalkBack Context Menus

TalkBack has context menus for controlling continuous reading and global TalkBack controls. These menus can be accessed using TalkBack shortcut gestures.

  1. Turn TalkBack on.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • To open the continuous reading menu, use one finger to swipe up and right in one continuous movement.
  • To open the global context menu, use one finger to swipe down and right in one continuous movement.

Note: If you already changed the TalkBack shortcut gestures, check your TalkBack settings for the appropriate gesture.

  1. Touch and hold anywhere on the screen.
  2. Drag your finger around the screen to explore the options.

Note: To cancel an action, drag your finger to your starting position.

Change the TalkBack Reading Speed

Important: The steps below are described using the regular gestures. Use the corresponding TalkBack gestures if you already have TalkBack turned on.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility > Text-to-speech output > Speech rate.
  3. Select a speech rate.

Tip: You can test the speech rate by tapping Listen to an example.

Change the TalkBack Language Settings

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app iconSettings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • Select a different language: Tap Text-to-speech output > Google Text-to-speech Engine > Language.
  • Install a language: Tap Text-to-speech output > Google Text-to-speech Engine > Install voice data.
  1. Select the language you want to use.

Note: Not all languages are supported.