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

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How to make TalkBack read the spelling of Chinese characters in terms of the names of the Chinese character components

When a blind user is using TalkBack to listen to text, they may want to figure out the actual spelling of the text. Can TalkBack be used to spell a Chinese character or stream of Chinese characters in ...
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Force certain apps to use grayscale

I have a Google Pixel 6 with Android 14. Currently I have enabled: Settings > Accessibility > Color and motion > Color correction > Grayscale But I find myself wanting to disable Grayscale ...
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Is there a way to PERMANENTLY disable colour in my phone?

The phone in question is Samsung s21 Fe. I find I am much more productive when my phone is monochrome however I always find myself turning monochrome off without realising and productivity suffers ...
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Workaround for "Hey Google" not playing a chime

When I say "Hey google", I no longer hear a chime (since some recent-ish update). Lots of places online suggest to turn on the Switch Access accessibility feature, which would supposedly fix ...
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Block specific settings in Android [duplicate]

Is this possible to block a specific setting in Android using accessibility permission and if yes then how can it be implemented? The best example I can find is this app named Cleanbrowsing and it is ...
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Block Specific settings in Android for self control

Is there any way to block changing of specific settings in Android. Like I am using Familysafe dns to avoid pornography on my device. Is there any way I can lock that specific setting on my device. ...
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Simulating KeyEvent to trigger AccessibilityService callbacks

I need help with Android accessibility. I'm trying to simulate the KeyEvents that trigger the onKeyEvent callback using the adb shell input command. However, it turns out that only actual key presses ...
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How can I set accessibility options on an Android ROM without them?

After buying an Android '13'† Head unit with a screen higher resolution than my previous stereo, I found that it didn't offer any options to change the font or icon size in it's accessibility options, ...
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Where do I go to allow restricted settings?

In an app called App Cloner, I am trying to toggle ON "Install automatically." When I try to toggle, I get a message of being redirected to Android Accessibility, where I can enable or ...
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Multi-language support in Android text-to-speech settings

I think it would be nice if in the text-to-speech settings you could specify a cascading set of languages, with dictionaries, associated with each language, intrinsic in the language selection. When, ...
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'adb wm size' to part of the screen

I want my android version 5.1 screen to be more accessible The base resolution of my android screen is 720x1280 I did adb shell wm size 720x892 and it gave me this: Now I want to achieve this: How ...
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Android Television: WOL (Wake On LAN) for accessibility

Suppose a disabled user with paralyzed arms is sitting at a wheelchair and utilizing and navigating their phone via voice access or camera switches. Suppose, now, that the TV is off, that the ...
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Theoretical and practical categorization of camera switches: categorization and implementation: techniques and strategies

This post has some overlapping with UX, so I could have posted it on the UX stack exchange, but I wanted to make it specific, to, camera switch support, in Android. That is why I have posted it here. ...
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accessibility: Camera switches and switch access users: typing with the eyes closed through Morse Codes

Currently, users navigating the phone through the switch access accessibility feature navigate the phone, and enter, text, ... by looking at the keyboard keys and entering then by navigating through ...
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Android accessibility, camera switches, accommodating new comfortable or comforting navigation modalities

Android comes with an accessibility feature called Camera Switches, which is designed to help people with motor impairment, who can only move some of their eyes (up, right, left), eyebrows (up), or ...
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Parental control: interrupting apps sent over the network to direct child to other app or external event

Phones can be used to interrupt children. The common scenario, is, that the child wants to use the phone to understand something or to do something, but the parent wants to interrupt the child to get ...
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How to change input device for Android Voice Access (Accessibility)?

I am running Lineage OS v20, my device is rooted OnePlus 7. I want to use my Bluetooth device as an input for the Voice Access, but it doesn't work. I tried changing audio_policy_configuration.xml by ...
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How can I have an Android tablet to dial an Android cell phone to make calls?

I would like to initiate a cellular call from an Android tablet. When doing so, I want to do so without touching the phone. Additionally, I am wondering about using the tablet as a headset with a ...
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Android Accessibility Suite Doesn't Remember App Settings

Okay so, I have a Unihertz Jelly Star running Android 13. Because it has such a small screen, I'd like the ability to quickly toggle auto rotation. If I could add it as one of the functions on the ...
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Chrome bookmarks desktop (embedded in Chrome)

I was wondering whether within Chrome it is possible to create a set of bookmarks via web site icons that get placed on a special, scroll-bar and screens enabled, bookmarks page. That way, WITHIN ...
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One-handed (half-QWERTY) layout for physical keyboard connected to non-rooted Android device

My goal is to be able to use a physical keyboard (connected to a non-rooted Android 10+ device via Bluetooth) to input letters located on the right side of a QWERTY keyboard while actually pressing ...
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Android wheelchairs

I was wondering whether there exist any Android wheelchairs that run Android. These could allow people that were unable to move their limbs but could still use voice to control their wheelchair ...
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Is the Accessibility permission of Maxlock safe?

Is it safe to use the Maxlock app if it asks for accessibility permission to work properly? I need it to lock the Settings app. I am aware that this kind of permission could be dangerous, but Maxlock ...
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How do I bypass ACCESSIBILITY_DATA_PRIVATE_YES?

https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-review/ says: In another attempt to limit the havoc false accessibility services can wreak, Google offers a new option for app developers to limit the ...
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Honor 8 : Is there a way of taking a screenshot without using the power button?

When I used to take a screenshot on a cell phone (Honor 8, not rooted, Android 8.0.0), I push the power button and the volume button together. But now the power button on a cell phone has stopped ...
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How to have app names be spoken aloud on a new notification?

How can app names be spoken aloud on a new notification? For example: if I receive an email, I'd like to hear the word "Gmail" spoken aloud. I could use TalkBack for this, but then the ...
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Google One app: sharing with others, using this to make sure files are not deleted

On the Google One app can I make use of feature found on the web as in the following image: "Share with you to 5 others" It is saying I can share my account. Therefore, if I create another ...
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Most suitable file formats for exporting a text chat from a chat application

This post may be more appropriate on Super User Stack Exchange. Please migrate my post there if more appropriate. I was wondering what the best file format world be for exporting a chat from a ...
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Smaller floating windows of smaller sizes

I am running Android 12 on a Realme 8 5G phone. While using Android I was able to create a smaller floating (on top) window, in one of two sizes, for one app (in my case, the WhatsApp app), as shown ...
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Getting Google Maps to lead the road through a path from Google Assistant

I am running Android 12 on a Realme 8 5G phone. I was able to use the interface between Google Assistant and the Camera app by saying "Take a photo", and, Google Assistant takes a photo (...
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Setting a reminder for when you enter your car

Most of us have Android smartphones. At the same time, not all of us may have Android powered(/enabled) cars, but, may have to do something (such, as, check a note in the front drawer, or under the ...
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Cycling and launching apps through holding down power button: extra support for blind users

I want to use Android as a person that cannot read (for example, as a blind user), in a supermarket to read out what's in front in me via voice, using headphones, by pointing my Android phone with ...
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Android interaction and input systems for people with severe tremors

I wonder whether any work has been done in Android to support people with severe hand tremors in the accessibility settings. I was thinking, the device could be configured, so that touching several ...
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How does TalkBack works with a braille display?

I am new to Android development. I have a doubt with regard to the Android TalkBack feature and how it is used with a braille display. In my project, I'm trying to use this TalkBack feature to print/...
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How to disable the magnifying window function while holding on the text?

Recently, I changed my phone to Nokia 6.2 with Android 11 system and I find a new feature that is really user-unfriendly to me. In my old phones when I press and hold on the text in an address bar(or ...
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Focus navigation via external keyboard and mouse (or Gboard) in Android

I was wondering whether there is a way to configure the phone for accessibility needs to reflect the spasm pattern and attachment characteristics of people whom may bee affected by spasms and or ...
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Advice Setting Up an Android Phone for an Elderly User

My grandmother wants to use a smart phone but I'm struggling to set it up in a way that is intuitive for her. Although she's used older mobile phones for decades, she doesn't have any experience with ...
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Google Calendar, shortcut to get you to the current day while scrolling

I wonder whether there is a shortcut (or, alternatively, any quick way) to get you back to the current day (the one we're in in the month we're in in the year we're in) on Google Calendar. The ...
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Voice Access taking forever to download language update

I am running Android 12 on a Realme 8 5G phone. I am new to Voice Access. I have been following the tutorial to try and set it up, so that I can operate my phone and the user interface that it and its ...
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Google Assistant not properly answering questions about people's age or birth date (foreign names misheard)

I am running Android 11 on a Realme 8 5G phone. I would like Google Assistant to answer basic questions about people's age and birth dates, including my own. I don't understand why it doesn't do this. ...
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How to view the year of a date in Google Calendar for Android

I would like to know, something very easy. How do I figure out the year of a section of the scrollable list of days I am viewing in the Google Calendar app for Android? Here is a screenshot. I don't ...
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Android voice navigation support for limb impaired users and rainy weather

I was wondering whether there is any support or whether Android had any plans to support using Android under the rain (for instance, also in situations where an umbrella may not be enough because of ...
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Combined touch plus swipe gestures and TalkBack

I would like to know whether on Android devices it is possible to input a combined touch plus swipe gesture. For instance, I could touch with one or more fingers with the left hand, and simultaneously ...
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Android system fonts and other fonts and dyslexia

I would like to know whether Android fonts are optimized for dyslexia. Because, to my understanding, dyslexia users read better when specific fonts that have gaps and unevennesses in the spacing and ...
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Why isn't Android's Google Assistant multilingual?

I have configured Android with English as my system language but wanted to use Android Assistant in multilingual mode. When speaking to it, it should be able to use Google Translate's language ...
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Google Assistant not working across languages

I am running Google Assistant on Android 12 on a Realme 8 5G phone. I have both English and Italian configured as languages in Settings. When I issue the command "Open Settings" the Settings ...
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Accessibility for Gesture Controls gets disabled at least daily

I read through and tested all the solutions here but to no avail : Accessibility services gets disabled automatically On Xiaomi 12S Ultra with latest MIUI. disabled all optimizations, battery saver ...
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What do the TalkBack reading controls do?

I am trying to use TalkBack on a Realme 6 Android 11 phone. When I activate TalkBack by pressing the volume up and volume down keys simultaneously, I can then iterate through the following entries by ...
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Accessibility and elderly people: Google backups preventing deletions by "helping" users

I have a disability and the person I share a home with helps me carry out since daily tasks every day. In order to enable this, I give this person my phone's password and get this person to manage ...
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Is it safe to give accessibility permission to an app?

So I use the app from Cleanbrowsing and gave the accessibility permission to it and saw that it can view my screen, action and inputs, perform actions and control the display. Is this app even safe to ...
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