Questions regarding the accessibility features of Android to assist users with visual, physical, or other disabilities.

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Can't scroll using hands - Are there other options?

I am physically disabled. Just got a Vizio tablet this week can do much more than expected using mouth held stylus. up/down scrolling is a problem. Is there a honeycomb setting or app that will give ...
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1answer
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Text having stroke/outline on Android Lollipop

I have an issue in Moto G 2nd Gen running Lollipop. It shown a stroke/outline on the text for the entire display. I thought it may or may not be an OS issue. I tried searching this option in Settings ...
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Is there an easy way to invert colors?

iOS has a nice option in the accessibility menu that allows you to invert the screen colors. Does Android have anything like this?
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Are all Android phones good for accessibility?

Can you recommend Android phones that are better for a visually impaired person?
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What are the other “home” screens called?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII when I get past the lock screen there are several "home" screens, each indicated by a clickable dash, and one of these (the second one on my device) has a home icon in place ...
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“Slide to answer” alternative on Lollipop

I'm using ZTE Maven running Android 5.1 Lollipop, and while there are 3 physical buttons on the front of the phone beneath the display, by default to answer a call you have to touch a green virtual ...
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Voice command when switching pages on home screen

On the main home screen when I slide between the different pages, a voice says "page 1 of 2" "page 2 of 2" etc. This also happens when my phone is on silent mode and out of driving mode. How can I get ...
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Reachability feature like in iPhone 6

I've got Nexus 4 and not big enough hands to be able to fully control my phone with one hand. I've seen an amazing feature on iPhone 6 called "Reachability mode" (when home button is double tapped, ...
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Playing subtitles - and only subtitles - on Android

I've decided to embark on learning Spanish. Last time I learned a foreign language, I was in a foreign country watching a lot of American TV subtitled in the local language. Seeing the translation ...
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Are there any Android tablets that have the “negative colours” accessiblity feature like the Samsung Galaxy S III phone has? [closed]

Are there any Android tablets that support the "negative colours" accessibility setting like the Samsung Galaxy S III phone does? There are many people like myself whose vision is light sensitive and ...
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Right to Left English for left handed people

I have a big phone (Moto G). I'm left-handed, so everything on the left of the screen would be so much more convenient on the right, and vice versa. But wait, Android 4.2 introduced Right-to-left ...
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4answers
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Google maps road names too small. Solutions?

My parents can't read the road names the Google maps app, and I can't find a way round it. (Should have gone to spec savers). I have tried using Google maps via Chrome and Firefox and their increase ...
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How to turn off talkback feature on Galaxy S2 ICS 4.03

I have turned on Talkback to see if it worked on My Galaxy S2.That also disabled my touch screen scrolling .Now I cannot turn off talkback because I cannot scroll through the setting menu. What should ...
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Disable gifs system-wide or by app?

I was wondering if there is some way to 1, disable gifs from loading, and/or 2, disable gifs from playing on an Android device. The first would be mostly to conserve data, especially if I'm on Tumblr ...
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Motor disability – In Android Home or “All Apps”, tapping on right edge = swipe to the left – Tap bottom in Chrome = swipe up/page down?

Microsoft has the Sticky Keys accessibility option so that you don’t have to hold down a modifier. Too much holding down, like in mouse dragging, and swiping on a touchscreen can be bothersome for ...
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1answer
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What is accessibility feature in Android?

I've seen a setting named Accessibility in my Android 5.0 and 4.2.1. I don't understand what it is and how can it be helpful to me? I would like to know what does it do? I noticed that there are ...
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Enable software menu without virtual keys

I have a broken touch screen at the bottom of my Jiayu G45 (Android 4.2.2) phone. Thus the capacitive buttons are not available any more. I've found a program (Soft Buttons) which enables software ...
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1answer
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T-Coil mode in Android

As I am a user of wearing a hearing aid (profoundly deaf since birth) and was talking to someone in the support group for the deaf, and T-Coil mode functionality was mentioned in regards to talking on ...
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1answer
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How to scroll screen when using text-to-speech accessibility?

Under normal circumstances a swipe will cause controls in the Android UI to scroll. Such as swiping the home screen will get to the next screen. Swiping a list will scroll the list. The swiping ...
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1answer
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Accidentally turned on talkback

I accidentally turned on talkback in the Accessibility menu. When I turned it on I got some kind of walk through on how to use it. I couldn't cancel it. So I turned off my phone. When I turned it ...
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2answers
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How to help Android users with reduced ability to see

What can we do in Android phone to help users whose ability to see is reduced? To be clear they are not blind persons, they are just 55+ years old and with age they have reduced ability to see. When ...
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How can blind users enter (keyboard) characters without resorting to a braille I/O device?

If I am unable to use my eyesight¹ and also unable to use my mouth², then how can I comfortably enter characters into my device using only one free hand? Suppose TalkBack is enabled. Is there ...
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Is it possible to get the audio files for the TalkBack “earcons”?

I'm interested to know whether there are audio files tucked away somewhere for the "earcons" - the sounds that TalkBack makes for certain things, like links, page scrolling, etc. Are these available ...
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Accessible Android Reader Application for text, epub, daisy and PDF formats

I need to find applications for particular formats of books: 1) ePub - Cool Reader, Ideal 2) Daisy - Darwin Reader 3) Txt - Accessible Talkback Editor 4) PDF- Adobe Reader, Smart Q Reader ...
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How can I increase the size of the notification bar?

My mom recently got a nexus 5, and she really likes it, but she has moderately bad vision and so she can't see the icons in the notification bar (so she doesn't know when she gets a notification). Can ...
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Visual impairment support on Android?

Perhaps this is somewhat of a software recommendation but I hope people will realize it is a very important and relevant one (plus, one shouldn't need to download an app, it should be part of the ...
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1answer
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In using a VNC to control a computer, is it possible to have the cursor go to where you touch?

I don't have an Android device, but I'm thinking of getting a Nexus tablet, and using android-vnc-viewer to make the Nexus an input device to control the PC, and provide faster cursor movement/text ...
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1answer
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Accessibility option in Android 2.1

I own Xperia Mini Pro which has Android 2.1-update1. I noticed Accessibility settings in my phones settings. What are these settings and why these settings are required ? I opened these Accessibility ...
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Samsung Galaxy S2 recites any actions that I do. How to turn it off?

My phone won't stop talking. It won't let me scroll or see other settings, I've tried to go back the way I did and turn it off, but I can't scroll down or up. I have to double click on applications to ...
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1answer
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Remove “Folder Open” “Folder closed” announcements without disabling Accessiblity

I have a Galaxy S3 4G. I also have a Pebble watch. The Pebble watch uses the Accessibility service in order to project messages etc to your wrist. Unfortunately, this means certain other ...
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How do I dial phone numbers with extensions with Google Now?

I am helping my visually impaired brother setting up his Samsung S7 with voice commands. Google Now works pretty well for dialing, it can both dial stored contacts and new numbers by dictating the ...
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Is there a way for a blind user to find the TalkBack tutorial?

How can someone unable to see find and go through the TalkBack tutorial available on an Android device?
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Accessibility services gets disabled automatically

I have a Gionee p3s. I was trying to use tasker when i observed that the tasker accessibility service gets disabled automatically after a few minutes. Not only with tasker, all apps requiring ...
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How to use text-to-speech to read out text on Google Books

I would like to know the exact steps a visually impaired or blind person would take to Download a book called "X" from the Google Play store Enable text-to-speech for their language (e.g. Zulu) on ...
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Show plain lock-screen when multimedia cover creates text contrast issue android 5.0

Occassionally I'll be listening to or reading media on my phone and the screen will lock. When this happens, the lock-screen background is the media "cover". For white or very light media covers, ...
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How to turn off or disable text font anti aliasing or smoothing globally or just for one app?

How do I turn off font smoothing globally or just for one app like firefox? Can it be done with a mod like cyanogenmod or xposed framework?
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Samsung Keyboard language switch + Accessibility service

I've faced an issue that Samsung Keyboard disables functionality of language switching using space bar... after upgrade to 4.4.2 KitKat. That was messed on a forums a little bit and everybody agreed ...
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What/How quick reboot works?

On my Android 4.2.2 (Micromax Canvas A74), From System settings >Accessibility, there is option for enabling "Quick Reboot" as follows: Screenshot (click image for larger variant) So How it ...
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1answer
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Is there an alarm clock app with a large screen keypad to enter times? [closed]

I am searching for an alarm clock app which uses the 10 digit keypad (phone dialer keypad) to set alarm times. I've been using the pre-installed alarm clock app, and I hate having the standard text ...
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TTS Accessibility for Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) Messages

This applies to Android users in the USA. Has anyone received a CMAS message (used for tornado warnings, etc.) with a TTS accessibility solution (i.e. Google Talkback, etc) enabled? Any ...
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TalkBack: System language is different from TTS language

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and would like to use TalkBack. Why are the system language and TTS language separate. What does this separation of tasks achieve? ...
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Galaxy S3 won't boot, gets stuck at the “Samsung Galaxy S3 GT” screen

I seem to have the same problem as many other Galaxy users with the Boot Loop. I cannot access my phone: I am not able to load the Stock ROM or factory reset it, nor erase any data. It is stuck at ...
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How can I make Google Now talk back in other languages than English?

My brother is getting gradually blind from diabetes and I want to help him setting up his phone (Samsung S6) with Google Now so he can voice-control it. Apparently Google Now can only talk back if ...
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How can a blind user easily enable TalkBack?

Is there a hardware key combination (eg. Quintuple-tap the power key or long-press it immediately following with a double-click or double-click and hold) to toggle TalkBack on or off? This could be ...
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Is it possible for blind person to interact with a blank/no-visual-output screen?

A: Is it possible to make the screen go blank and yet still be able to interact with one's Android device (either via voice commands or haptically after enabling TalkBack).? This could be useful in ...
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TalkBack not working properly in Wikipedia app

I have tried reading the text for "diabetes mellitus" in the Wikipedia Android app with TalkBack turned on. When I tap the actual text in any number of ways the (long) text article is not being read. ...
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“Speak Password” accessibility setting speaks each character twice

When I enable "Speak Password" accessibility setting, each character is spoken twice. Probably once for the keypress and once for the password character. How can I make the character spoken only once. ...
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Is it possible to programmatically disable TalkBack's *explore by touch* option?

Some applications cannot function properly when TalkBack's explore by touch option is active, but permanently disabling it isn't a viable alternative because not having it on would make using a ...
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Find speech-to-text created SMS history through search

One day I stumbled upon a history of all my speech-to-text created texts when I talked into my phone through a text message my phone recorded the messages that I was saying and I could replay them all ...
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Where is Color Inversion option if not in Accessibility settings on Yotaphone 2?

I'm a new Android user, moving from an iPhone. Having the "Invert Colours" option is very important for me (I use it for Web/PDF browsing in the evening), and I verified this option exists before ...