The Samsung Galaxy S4, like its predecessors, has a feature called TalkBack. TalkBack is designed to aid those with sight impairments use their phones, though it can also be a handy feature for those times when you can't look at your phone but need to use it.
When TalkBack mode is on, the phone announces everything it is doing. For example, when you start your browser, it says, "Loading page." If you have enabled this feature but don't know how to switch it back off, this VisiHow guide is just for you. Below we take you through the steps to disable TalkBack on Jelly Bean, Kitkat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow.
From the Apps screen, locate and single tap "Settings". When it`s outlined in green, double tap it.
Inside Settings, single tap the "My device" tab near the top. Once it`s highlighted in green, double tap it.
On My device, place two fingers side-by-side and scroll down to "Accessibility". Single tap it until it`s outlined in green, then double tap it.
Inside Accessibility, single tap "Vision" until it`s outlined in green, then double tap it.
On the Vision screen, single tap "TalkBack". When it`s outlined in green, double tap it.
On the TalkBack screen, single tap the green switch near the top. Once the switch is highlighted in green, double tap it.
On the following pop-up, single tap "OK" until it`s outlined in green, then double tap it to turn off TalkBack.
Method 3: Jelly Bean/Kitkat
1 Turn off TalkBack mode on your Samsung Galaxy S4
1.1 To Turn off TalkBack, Follow These Steps
2 If Turning Off TalkBack Does Not Stop Your Galaxy S4 From Talking to You
3 My phone still talks even after doing the steps above?
3.1 Disable Driving Mode
3.2 Disable Text to Speech (TTS) Engine
4 Questions and Answers
4.1 My phone is speaking out the characters on the password field?
4.2 Hello, I have a Galaxy S4 and somehow the TalkBack got turned on. I want it off but it disabled my scrolling! Help!
4.3 Where is my soft key on my Galaxy S4 phone?
4.4 My accessibility feature is ON and I need it OFF?
4.5 Can you assist me with a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit scrolling issue?
4.6 My screen won`t go under Safety Assistance -- it stops scrolling. Help!
4.7 No, but thank you ,your instruction worked..Have a nice day?
4.8 I have done everyone of these steps, test it with sending a text and no more talking, then I go in Facebook and make a comment or something and the talking begins again?
4.9 I cannot be heard by other side while using VOiP?
4.10 It is Note2 but not seeing option?
4.11 Swiping doesn`t take me to accessibility option, the options are limited and whenever it reaches bottom of screen again it goes up to beginning of screen?
4.12 My hand J5 is disturbing me by TalkBack and not working?
Turn off TalkBack mode on your Samsung Galaxy S4
When TalkBack mode is turned on, your phone will notify you of every tap you make.
Every tap also requires a confirmation tap, so traditional gestures do not work. During TalkBack, a simple tapping gesture is replaced by a double-tap, while a swipe gesture will require you to use two fingers. This feature is designed to help visually impaired people use their phones, so one tap will speak out what you are tapping on, two taps will execute what you are tapping.
To Turn off TalkBack, Follow These Steps
While on your Home screen, double-tap your phone's Menu key, then double-tap Settings.
If Turning Off TalkBack Does Not Stop Your Galaxy S4 From Talking to You
Some owners have reported that even after turning TalkBack off, their Galaxy S4s still talk to them. This issue is caused by Samsung's TouchWiz Android launcher. To work around this issue, you can follow the steps below:
From Settings, double-tap the My Device tab.
Accessibility is in the My Device tab; however, you still need to perform a swiping gesture using two fingers to see it.
Once you see the Accessibility option, double-tap it to open the settings.
From Accessibility, look for TalkBack. It should say ON, and you can simply switch it to OFF by double-tapping it.
On the TalkBack page, double-tap the switch to turn it off.
TalkBack mode is now deactivated. You can perform commands using the normal gestures to operate your device.
If Turning Off TalkBack Does Not Stop Your Galaxy S4 From Talking to You
Some owners have reported that even after turning TalkBack off, their Galaxy S4s still talk to them. This issue is caused by Samsung`s TouchWiz Android launcher. To work around this issue, you can follow the steps below:
Un-tick every option or application that is using the accessibility features on your phone
One of those apps reported to use the feature is LightFlow, so you may want to start by un-ticking all the options there. Tap the boxes to remove the marks and disable their accessibility features.
My phone still talks even after doing the steps above?
If your phone keeps on talking even after disabling TalkBack Mode and doing the other procedures above, you may still have your Driving mode or the TTS (Text to Speech) Engine activated. To deactivate Driving mode, follow this guide:
This section is dedicated to answering questions related to this VisiHow article.
My phone is speaking out the characters on the password field?
Your Samsung Galaxy S4 has a feature that reads out the characters entered on password fields. This feature can be a big help to some people, but other people may view it as a security issue. If you have activated it by accident, follow the guide below to deactivate it:
Hello, I have a Galaxy S4 and somehow the TalkBack got turned on. I want it off but it disabled my scrolling! Help!
Yes, this TalkBack feature is quite annoying if you don't need it. The feature is built with the visually impaired in mind, so your phone's functions are a bit different when it's enabled. You will need to tap Settings once to highlight it and then tap it again to confirm your tap. Once you have gotten to the Accessibility option, use two fingers and swipe the screen up or down to scroll the page far enough to turn TalkBack OFF. Check out the video below for more details:
The soft keys are the two buttons to the right and left of your home button. You actually do not need them in order to turn off the TalkBack feature. Find the Settings icon on your home screen, and tap on it once to select/highlight. Tap on it again to enter Settings. From here, you'll need to use two fingers and swipe down until you see the Accessibility option. Tap on it once to highlight, and tap again to select. You should now see the TalkBack option and you can turn it OFF. Watch this video for more details on these instructions:
If closing the applications won't work, restart your device and see if you can now scroll past the Safety Assistance option now.
If neither of these fixes work, a reset can restore your phone's software back to normal. Only do this as a last resort before taking it for a repair. Make sure that you backup your important data. Once a backup is complete you can now reset your device by following this article on Clean Data from Samsung Galaxy S4 by Reset.
If the reset does not fix the problem, it is time to bring your device to a service center. Software problems are part of the manufacturer's warranty and, provided you're still covered, won't cost you any money.
No, but thank you ,your instruction worked..Have a nice day?
Phone is smarter than me..but I am learning!
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