Disable / Turn OFF TalkBack (Talk Back) Mode in Samsung Galaxy S4 Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Jelly Bean/Kitkat
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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.
Method 1: Marshmallow
When in TalkBack mode, everything takes longer to do.
You have to first tap the item you wish to open, then when you see it highlighted in blue, double tap it to proceed. To scroll, place two fingers side-by-side and move them up or down the screen.
Method 2: Lollipop
When your device has TalkBack enabled it narrates every action along with how many item/icons are on the screen.
You have to single tap everything to select it, before double tapping the item to continue. To scroll up or down, place two fingers side-by-side and keep them together.
Method 3: Jelly Bean/Kitkat
- 1 Turn off TalkBack mode on your Samsung Galaxy S4
- 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?
- 4 Questions and Answers
- 4.1 How can I turn off the Samsung Galaxy S4 microphone?
- 4.2 My phone is speaking out the characters on the password field?
- 4.3 My Galaxy S4 says that my microphone is already on because it's being used by another application?
- 4.4 Hello, I have a Galaxy S4 and somehow the TalkBack got turned on. I want it off but it disabled my scrolling! Help!
- 4.5 Where is my soft key on my Galaxy S4 phone?
- 4.6 I cannot find accessibility on my device?
- 4.7 How do I turn off TalkBack and access settings?
- 4.8 How can I turn off this TalkBack mode?
- 4.9 Problem with Samsung tab 2 about text to speech?
- 4.10 How do I get this mode disabled. Screen says double tap and swipe to unlock but that isn't working
- 4.11 I mistakenly turned on the TalkBack feature and I can not scroll down to the accessibility tab?
- 4.12 My accessibility feature is ON and I need it OFF?
- 4.13 I am trying to enable TalkBack mode without seeing the display?
- 4.14 Can you assist me with a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit scrolling issue?
- 4.15 My screen won't go under Safety Assistance -- it stops scrolling. Help!
- 4.16 I put my phone in TalkBack mode and now I can't even get it unlocked?
- 4.17 No, but thank you ,your instruction worked..Have a nice day?
- 4.18 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?
- 4.19 I cannot be heard by other side while using VOiP?
- 4.20 It is Note2 but not seeing option?
- 4.21 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?
- 4.22 My hand J5 is disturbing me by TalkBack and not working?
- 5 Referencing this Article
- 6 Comments
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
- 1While on your Home screen, double-tap your phone's Menu key, then double-tap Settings.Advertisement
- 2From Settings, double-tap the My Device tab.
- 3Accessibility is in the My Device tab; however, you still need to perform a swiping gesture using two fingers to see it.
- 6On the TalkBack page, double-tap the switch to turn it off.
- 7You can perform commands using the normal gestures to operate your device.TalkBack mode is now deactivated.
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:
- 1One 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.Un-tick every option or application that is using the accessibility features on your phone.