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How to disable TalkBack

How to disable TalkBack

Over the last few days your Android device has started doing something really unusual to be a smartphone or a tablet: it started talking, or to better understand each other the name of the various selected items on screen. Given the situation, I want to reassure you right away that no, it is not a “witchcraft” or even a virus. Much more simply, it is highly likely that your device has been enabled by mistake on TalkBak.

Not sure what it is? No problem, I’ll explain it right away. This is a special accessibility service that allows users who are blind or visually impaired to interact with their devices by adding voice, sound and vibration feedback to the device in use. The function is available “standard” on almost all Android smartphones and tablets (and otherwise it can be easily added via the Play Store) and can be enabled on request.

Excluding any real needs for which the use of the aforementioned service is practically indispensable, very often it is activated in an unwanted way, perhaps after playing between the settings of Android. So? How to disable TalkBack? Well, if you want I can tell you with my tutorial dedicated just right to the subject. Do you want? Yes? Very well. Get comfortable then grab your smartphone or Android tablet and read the instructions you find below. You will see, in the end you will be ready to say that in reality it was a real breeze. Let it bet?

Note: Since I do not know the brand and model of smartphone or tablet in your possession and since I am not even aware of the exact version of Android you are using, the indications you find in this article, more precisely those related to menus and settings , may differ slightly from what you see on the screen.

Go immediately to ▶ ︎ Deactivate TalkBack | Shortcut to disable TalkBack | Alternative method | Disable only some features of TalkBack | In case of change of mind

How to disable TalkBack – Turn off TalkBack

How to disable TalkBack

Let’s start from a fundamental premise: even if you are currently thinking the opposite and despite appearances, I can assure you that disabling TalkBack is a simple task to perform even for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves a great expert in fact of new technologies.

To do so, the first fundamental step you need to take is to grab your device, access the screen where all the applications are grouped (the Launcher) and select and double-tap on the Settings icon (the one with the gear).

In the screen that you will see at this point, locate the Accessibility (or Accessibility) item, select it and then double tap it. If you can not see the option in question, most likely it is because you first have to access the appropriate settings tab of Android, usually it is that device or that system, always after selecting the same and subsequent double tap.

Then select the item View (or view) and then do it after tap above, then identify the words TalkBack and also in this case select it and double tap it then select the switch at the top right of the display and always double tap it OFF. To conclude, confirm the choice made by selecting the item OK (or the YES) in response to the warning that you see appear on screen and tapping on it twice consecutively. Et voila! Since it was not difficult?

How to disable TalkBack – Shortcut to disable TalkBack

How to disable TalkBack

In addition to what I mentioned earlier, you can disable TalkBack through the Accessibility shortcuts, if enabled. To use it and therefore to succeed in your intent, simply press both volume keys on the device for about three seconds.

If you are using an older Android device and as I have just indicated you can not disable TalkBack, then proceed as follows: press and keep pressing the power button of the device until a sound or vibration is heard after which release it, touch the display with two fingers and continue to press on the screen until an audio confirmation is played.

If instead you can not take advantage of the shortcuts to disable TalkBack because they are not yet enabled, you can fix it immediately by going to the screen where all the applications are grouped, selecting the Settings icon (or the gear icon) and double tapping above and then selecting the Accessibility (or Easy Access) item and double taping it. If you can not see the option in question, most likely it is because you first have to access the appropriate settings tab of Android, generally it is that device or that system.

Then select the item Accessibility shortcuts, evening corks twice in a row and enable the function by selecting the relevant switch located at the top of the screen and then double tap on the latter in order to bring it to ON. Once you have done this, you can eventually modify the accessibility service via a shortcut by selecting and tapping twice in a row on Shortcut Service and choosing the option related to TalkBack.

You can also specify whether to run the shortcut on the device lock screen or not. If you can not see the latter option, obviously the version of Android in use on your device is too dated, however, TalkBack should be accessible by default via shortcut.

How to disable TalkBack – Alternative method

How to disable TalkBack

By following the instructions I gave you in the prudent lines, it was not possible to deactivate TalkBack or do you get any errors? Do not despair! There is another system that you can adopt to succeed in your intent. You ask me which one? I’ll explain it to you right away.

For starters, grab your device and then access the Launcher (the screen where all the icons of the various apps are grouped), find the Settings icon (the one with the gear), select it and then double tap on this ‘last. In the screen that at this point you will see appear, select the item Manage applications (or that App), search TalkBack in the list of various apps that is shown to you, select its icon (is the one with the white speech bubble in the purple background) and make us double tap on. If you can not find the words Application management (or that App) most likely it is because you have to first go to the General tab of Android settings.

In the screen that you will then see appear, select the button Disable and double tap above then select the item OK in response to the warning that you see appear on the screen and even then crush on it twice in a row.

At this point, the operation of TalkBack will be interrupted and you can then start using your Android device as if nothing had ever happened. It was easy, right?

How to disable TalkBack – Disable only some features of TalkBack

How to disable TalkBack

You do not want to disable TalkBack in a complete way, but only some options of operation or however you want to adjust its use based on what are your preferences and needs? So do ‘so: just to tan went in the Android section from which you can enable or not the function by accessing Settings> Accessibility / Accessibility> View / View> TalkBack then select the item Settings and tap on it twice in a row to access to its menu.

In the screen that you will see at this point you can then go to intervene on the various settings and the various options available always after selection and subsequent double tap on the name. Among the options available there are those related to the volume of the voice, the one referring to the variations in tone, the one to enable or not the pronunciation of the calling ID and that relative to the phonetic letters.

You can also choose whether or not to use proximity sensors, whether to use the device shake to start automatic continuous reading, whether to enable the automatic scrolling of the lists and so on. If you want, you can also choose to disable double tap. For each option there are advanced commands that you can give as needed.

If you want to deepen the operation of TalkBack, you can rely on the appropriate tutorial attached to Android itself and which you can always access from the same section of the settings of the device, simply pressing on the item visible on the screen.

Finally, I point out to you that for more details about all the settings of TalkBalck you can also refer to the dedicated Web page related to the online guide of Android.

How to disable TalkBack – In case of change of mind

How to disable TalkBack

Have you thought about it and would like to enable the use of TalkBack on your Android device again? No problem, you can do it at any time. To succeed, you must essentially carry out the procedure that I have indicated in the first step of this article, but taking care to activate the function instead of turning it off and pressing once rather than two consecutive on the various items on the screen, the double tap goes in fact used only in case of active function, normally only one is enough.

More precisely, you have to access the screen of the smartphone or tablet you are using and in which all the applications (the Launcher) are grouped and press the Settings icon (the one with the gear). In the screen that is shown to you, stop on the word Accessibility or on Accessibility. If you can not see the item in question, go first in the appropriate settings tab of Android that is usually that device or that system.

At this point, step on the Vista or on that Vision, locate the words TalkBack, press on it and turn ON the switch that you find in the upper right part of the screen by tapping on it. Then confirm the choice made by pressing OK or Yes in response to the warning that you see appears and is done.

How to disable TalkBack