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Accessibility in Android devices

Accessibility in Android devices

You can customise your Android device using accessibility settings and apps, such as:

To interact with your device using touch and spoken feedback, you can turn on the TalkBack screen reader. TalkBack describes your actions and tells you about alerts and notifications.

You can use the TalkBack braille keyboard to enter 6-dot braille on your screen. Only Unified English Braille is currently supported.

If you want spoken feedback only at certain times, you can turn on Select to Speak. Select items on your screen to hear them read or described aloud, or point the camera at something in the real world.

To change the size of items on your screen, adjust the display size or font size.  To temporarily zoom or magnify your screen, use magnification.  To adjust contrast or colours, use high-contrast text, dark theme, colour inversion or colour correction.

Voice Access lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate and edit text hands-free. 

Switch Access lets you interact with your Android device using one or more switches instead of the touchscreen. You can use a switch or keyboard to control your device. 

You can connect a refreshable braille display to your device via Bluetooth. BrailleBack works with TalkBack for a combined speech and braille experience, allowing you to edit text and interact with your device.

You can choose caption preferences (language, text and style) for your device. On Pixel devices, Live Caption automatically captions media playing on your phone. Live Transcribe: You can use Live Transcribe to capture speech and sound and see them as text on your screen. 

You can use Sound Amplifier with wired or Bluetooth headphones to filter, augment and amplify the sounds in your environment or on your Android device. 

You can pair hearing aids with your Android device to hear more clearly.

You can explore Android accessibility apps and services in several ways:

  • Download Android Accessibility Suite, including the Accessibility Menu, Select to Speak, Switch Access and TalkBack. Android Accessibility Suite is built in to many Android devices.

  • Review Android device settings for ways to customise your device. Open your device's Settings app, then choose Accessibility.

  • Explore Google Play for other accessibility apps and services for Android.