Ask an Expert – May 2024 – 10 Tips for Learning the TalkBack Feature on Android

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my “Ten Tips” series, where each month I’ll be sharing 10 tips on various pieces of technology. This would include tips on popular screen readers, office software, and browsers.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to share, then by all means! Write to me at

For this month:

Ten Tips for Learning the TalBack Feature on Android

TalkBack is a screen reader feature on Android devices designed to assist users with visual impairments. Here are ten tips for learning and using the TalkBack software:

  1. Enable TalkBack: Navigate to your device’s settings. Go to Accessibility. Turn on TalkBack.
  2. Gestures: Learn the basic gestures such as swiping, double-tapping, and using two fingers to scroll. Familiarize yourself with these gestures as they are crucial
    for navigating the interface.
  3. Explore Tutorial and Help: Many devices with TalkBack have a tutorial or help section. Go through these resources to understand the features and gestures better.
  4. Adjust Speech Rate: Customize the speech rate to a speed that is comfortable for you. You can find this in the TalkBack settings.
  5. Familiarize with Navigation: Understand how to navigate through your device using TalkBack. Learn how to explore by touch and use swipe gestures effectively.
  6. Practice Typing: If you need to type, practice using the TalkBack keyboard. It often involves swiping to the letters you want.
  7. Use Earphones: For privacy and a better experience, use earphones with your device. TalkBack will provide spoken feedback through the earphones.
  8. Explore TalkBack Settings: Dig into the TalkBack settings to customize the behavior according to your preferences. Adjust feedback, sound, and other options.
  9. Learn Context Menus: Understand how to access context menus. Long-press on an item to bring up additional options specific to that element.
  10. Stay Updated: Android updates may bring new features or improvements to TalkBack. Stay informed about the latest updates to enhance your user experience.

Remember that learning any new technology takes time and practice. Don’t hesitate to explore and experiment with TalkBack to find what works best for you

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I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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