The Talkback feature is essentially present under the accessibility options and has been designed to enable visually challenged people with low vision to access and use these smartphones more easily.
This feature is part of the Android OS itself and can hence be seen on other phones that have Android ICS or Jelly Bean installed. Listed below is a simple tutorial on how to enable and disable the Talkback feature, particularly when you are using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Turning ON and OFF the Talkback on Samsung Galaxy S3
- Unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone to access the home screen.
- Click on the ‘Applications’ button and select ‘Settings’.
- Scroll down and select ‘Accessibility’ from the menu.
- Tap on the ‘TalkBack’ button from the list.
- Select the ‘Activate’ key
Once you have activated the Talkback option, you can navigate your phone with the help of the voice that gives you feedback and receives your instructions to operate the phone without having to tap your fingers on the phone at all.
When Talkback is enabled, you cannot easily tap on your screen and scroll your lists up and down. There is a method to access the screen when this feature is active:
- For scrolling on screen, use two or more of your fingers.
- If you want to select an option by tapping it, first you have to tap it and it will be highlighted in yellow.
Using the two steps above, you have to navigate on your screen according to the steps given below to disable the Talkback feature:
- Double tap the ‘Apps’ button.
- Double tap on the ‘Settings’ option.
- Scroll down (using two fingers) to ‘Accessibility’. Double tap this option.
- Deactivate the Talkback feature by sliding the ‘switch from on to off’ (using two fingers) or undo the tick in the box (using double tap).
Other things you need to know:
The talkback mode disables some features on the phone when it is activated. For example, you may not be able to capture a screenshot or open the notification center.