TalkBack or Voice Assistant is a feature on Android devices that is really useful for people with low vision and low vision. After switching on, TallkBack starts speaking on the screen and plays the recordings out loud. However, turning it on can be a nightmare experience, because turning it off is very difficult. In this tutorial we will see how we can turn off TalkBack or Voice Assistant on Android.
If you have an Android phone, you should have seen a feature called “TalkBack” while navigating through the parameters in the device’s accessibility settings. This is a great feature, especially for blind and visually impaired people. After activation, your device tells you what it does on your phone. I tried the method described below to disable TalkBack on Android devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Google Nexus, and Pixel. Since this is a built-in Android function, it can be found on all device.
What is TalkBack and What does it do?
As I mentioned earlier, TalkBack acts as a hearing aid for those who do not see or people with poor eyesight. When Voice Assistant or TalkBack is turned on, your Android device provides voice comments for actions such as tapping, selecting and activating settings or items on the screen.
Several access permissions are required to perform the following tasks:
- Observation Actions: Receives notifications when a user interacts with a system or third-party application on their phone.
- Enable gesture: when Voice Assistant or TalkBack is on, normal touch input is disabled and you can scan your phone using gestures such as tapping and holding items on the screen, double tapping, etc.
- See Text Entry: TalkBack has access to everything you enter on your device, whether it is plain text or PIN codes and passwords.
- Fingerprint gestures: You can also capture gestures made on the fingerprint sensor of your Android device.
- Includes screen magnification: also includes screen expansion on your phone.
How to Disable TalkBack in Android
Now I had no choice but to continue to try to access the “Special features” parameter, which is located just above the “Device” and “Developer” parameters at the bottom of the configuration parameter list. After a while, I noticed something. Each time I swiped my fingers across the screen to scroll down, the elements on the screen stood out in a yellow rectangular shape. With each hit, he downloaded the article. I continued to slide my finger in the hope that this would eventually lead me to the list, but stopped at the last item on the screen.
I kept trying to pass on my fingers in various ways. Suddenly the list moved up a bit. I did not know then how it happened. I tried to remember my last move, and I tried again, and it happened again! The solution was pretty simple. Although I understood later.
If you want to scroll up or down in TalkBack mode, just slide your finger up or down. Selecting an option requires one touch, and opening it requires a double tap. One way or another, I finally reached Accessibility and turned off TalkBack mode. If your phone is locked with TalkBack enabled, you can unlock it by double tapping and sliding your finger across the lock screen.
How to Control Android Devices in Assistant mode?
- Swipe left or right to move between items.
- Swipe up or down with two fingers on the screen to scroll up or down.
- Click to select a screen item or option. The selected article is summarized.
- Double tap to activate or make a selection.
- Swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to open the notification shadow.
- Swipe up with two fingers from the bottom edge of the main screen to open the application drawer.