Questions tagged [accessibility]

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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Are all Android phones good for accessibility?

Can you recommend Android phones that are better for a visually impaired person?
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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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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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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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Accessibility turned back off - how to keep it on?

I'm using the app 'Automate', in order for it to work I have to turn it on in Settings/Accessibility: But after a short time I doesn't work anymore and it's back on 'off' again. I think it may have ...
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Disable GIFs system-wide or by app

I was wondering if there is some way to: Disable GIFs from loading, and/or Disable GIFs from playing on an Android device. The first would be mostly to conserve data, especially if I'm on Tumblr or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Accessibility services get disabled automatically

This Christmas I gave a Wiko Lenny 3 to my son, it comes with Marshmallow. When trying to install a parental control I sadly discovered that there's a bug (I suppose) that is well documented for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Default text-to-speech (TTS) engine in LineageOS 16.0?

I have recently updated my OnePlus One to LineageOS 16.0 and noticed that there does not seem to be any TTS provider included anymore. In previous versions (LineageOS 15), there used to be Pico TTS as ...
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Android 8 Oreo - No more “pause feedback” for Talkback in accessibility?

I am developing apps for Android and now have started to use Android 8 (Oreo) on my Pixel 2-phone. While working on the accessibility of an app I've noticed that a certain entry in the "Global ...
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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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How can I configure Android to prevent the apparition of epilepsy-prone flashing displays?

From time to time, some program or website has epilepsy-prone flashing displays (Example - do NOT click if you are prone to epilepsy). Is there any to configure Android to prevent such displays so ...
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Larger Lock-Screen PIN buttons?

Problem: I just upgraded my phone software, and the lock screen PIN buttons have changed appearance! They are now shifted up, smaller (circular with spaces in between them, instead of square and ...
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MacroDroid asks for “Application Launched/Closed” accessibility permission constantly

I'm on non-rooted Android 8.1 Oreo with MacroDroid Pro v3.24.1. After I got a replacement phone and reinstalled MacroDroid, it constantly asks for accessibility permission: Application Launched/Closed....
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How accessibility access is secure?

My android device is rooted and running Android 4.4.2. Some apps like App Lock, GO Power Master, Kaspersky Internet Security, All-In-One-Toolbox, MoboClean Auto Installer ask for accessibility access ...
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How can I authorize my laptop for USB Debugging if I can't see the screen?

I use USB Debugging to control this phone because the screen is missing. Not broken, missing. The LCD and display assembly is literally gone. I simply can't see what's on the screen without USB ...
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In Android Oreo 8.0, how do accessibility options interfere with enhanced data encryption?

In Android Oreo 8.0 many accessibility options such as Select to Speak, TalkBack, and Switch Access show a similar message: If you turn on TalkBack your device won't use your screen lock to enhance ...
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Is it possible to switch out the voice for the Talkback-reader?

Can you switch out the voice of the Talkback-reader completely? In car-navigationsystems you can download "funny" or different sounding persons (male, female, actor, ...). But the for the Talkback-...
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Voice typing in Android for a disabled person with very limited hand function

I have a close friend who is suffering from a neurological disorder similar to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Over the last year his arms, hands and fingers have weakened greatly to the point where he ...
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Vibration / sound priority notifications for a Gmail label that continue until dismissed

I know the Gmail app has some per-label notification settings, however I don't see an option for a notification to appear when you have priority notifications only or an option to repeat the ...
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Accessibility menu keeps appearing

On my Moto G4 the Accessibility settings menu keeps popping up, and I can't make it go away. The only thing that works temporarily is to put the phone on standby, then reopen and the phone works ...
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Something wrong using TalkBack with stock Contacts app

I am trying to scroll up and down the stock Contacts app, which I am doing by trying to place two fingers simultaneously on the screen and dragging up and down. When I do this properly I can hear the ...
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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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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 Requirement:...
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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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How to disable “Flash while ringing” on the Xiaomi A2 Lite

My Xiaomi A2 Lite flashlight illuminates whenever I get a phone call. How can I disable this feature? I tried looking at Settings > Apps & Notification > Phone > Phone > App notification > ...
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Is there any way to disable the repeated animation in the notification bar, for app update downloads?

I've just acquired an Android 9 phone. It is part of the Android One scheme, so the software should be really stock Android. I do not currently wish to install a custom ROM, or otherwise mod the OS ...
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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 OS)....
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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 differs ...
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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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Android Accessibility: Click When Pointer Stops On Websites

I have a disability that requires me to use the Interaction And Dexterity: Click When Pointer Stops accessibility setting on my Samsung Galaxy S9+. Unfortunately, this setting (in combination with the ...