My Android phone is stuck in some strange user mode, and this does not vanish after reboot.

  • I am seeing green boxes around icons
  • It is not responsive anymore
  • I do not see how to open options

What is happening here, and how to switch it off? Even better, how do I remove this "feature" completely?

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    Can you do a screenshot Jul 20, 2023 at 8:26

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I was able to figure it out, so I am posting the answer for reference.

I accidentally switched on Talkback.

To switch it off, I had to push the volume up and down buttons for 3 seconds simultaneously.

Switching the feature on and off via the two volume buttons can (presumably) be disabled in the menu, and that should be somewhere in the Accessibility or something similar section.

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