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TalkBack

TalkBack is a free screen reader for Android devices and uses touch gestures.

Install

The Android Accessibility Suite can be found on the Google Play Store.

How to find your version

  1. Open the Play Store
  2. Open the left menu
  3. Tap "My apps & games"
  4. Tap "Installed"
  5. Find and tap "Android Accessibility Suite"
  6. Scroll down and tap the "About this app" heading
  7. Scroll down, and find the version number under the "App info" heading

Guides, Documentation, and resources

Modes

TalkBack does not have the same concept of modes that many other screen readers have.

Commands

The following are some common commands.

Common

TaskCommandNotes
Read next itemSwipe right (or alt+right arrow)
Select next optionSwipe right
Select previous optionSwipe left
Read previous itemSwipe left (or alt+left arrow)
previous navigation settingSwipe upCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left
next navigation settingSwipe downCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left

General

TaskCommandNotes
Activate buttondouble tap (or alt+enter)
Activate linkdouble tap
Global context menuSwipe down, then right (or alt+space)
Go backSwipe down, then left (or alt+del)
Go to home screenSwipe up, then left (or alt+ctrl+h)
Turn OffSwipe up, then right (or alt+shift+space)
Open element listGCM, Quick navigation
Next landmarkLCM, landmarks, swipe right
Turn OffIn settings (no shortcut)
Turn OnPower button, then hold two fingerswhen setting is enabled
previous navigation settingSwipe upCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left
next navigation settingSwipe downCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left

Reading

TaskCommandNotes
Read from current positionGCM, Read from next item
Read next itemSwipe right (or alt+right arrow)
Read previous itemSwipe left (or alt+left arrow)
Stop readingSingle tap
previous navigation settingSwipe upCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left
next navigation settingSwipe downCycle through types of elements, affects what happens when you swipe right or left
focus first item on screenSwipe up then down
focus last item on screenSwipe down then up
scroll backSwipe left then right
scroll forwardSwipe right then left
next heading (correct item type must be selected)Swipe right
previous heading (correct item type must be selected)Swipe left
next link (correct item type must be selected)Swipe right
previous link (correct item type must be selected)Swipe left
next control (correct item type must be selected)Swipe right
previous control (correct item type must be selected)Swipe left

Forms

TaskCommandNotes
Activate buttondouble tap (or alt+enter)
Activate form controldouble tap
select an optionDouble tapmust be in a listbox context, and this is native browser behavior.
enter text<enter text>must be in a form or application context, and this is native browser behavior.
increment value (must be on a role that supports the command)volume up button
decrement value (must be on a role that supports the command)volume down button

Elements

TaskCommand
Open element listGCM, Quick navigation
Next landmarkLCM, landmarks, swipe right