Disable TalkBack (Talk Back) mode in Samsung Galaxy Note II (Note 2)

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TalkBack mode is Android's accessibility service that makes it easier for people who are visually impaired to use and interact with their devices more easily. If you are visually impaired, TalkBack will allow you to interact with your device more effectively by using vibrations, spoken word, and other clever audio devices. All these things will let you know what's on your screen, what you're touching, and what things you can do. This accessibility service will provide a "TalkBack" feedback or notification for any action done through the phone. The phone will vibrate whenever something is pressed on the screen as a way to signal the user that their touch has been recognized by the device. However, some people who have no problems with their vision, may have issues if this service is accidentally enabled. If one does not know how to turn off TalkBack mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note2, then the feature can be really annoying. To turn off and disable TalkBack mode on your device, follow the directions below.

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Disable TalkBack Mode in Note2

The following procedures will disable TalkBack mode on the Note2. Pictures have been provided to help guide you. Just follow the instructions and you should be able to disable TalkBack on your device: * Note: Before proceeding, it is important to know that in TalkBack mode, you do every gesture on your phone's screen using two fingers. Thus when the instruction tells you to tap, it is actually asking you to tap using two fingers.

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  1. 1
    Go to your home screen by pressing on the Home button.
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    On your home screen, press the "Menu" button.
    This is the button located on the lower-right portion of your phone's front screen.
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    After pressing the Menu button, you will be shown a few options.
    Tap on the "Settings" option located on the lowest part of the list.
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    You will now be taken to the "Settings" menu.
    Scroll down until you are on the "System" sub-menu. Under "System," you can see some options. Tap on "Accessibility" (icon with a hand).
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    Under accessibility options, check the "Service" sub-menu and tap on TalkBack to disable the feature.
    Make sure that TalkBack mode is set to "OFF."
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    Congratulations!
    You have just successfully turned off TalkBack mode on your Note2. If there is a need to enable it again, simply do the same procedures, making sure that TalkBack mode is set to "ON."
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Common Problems

Q: I already turned off TalkBack mode but my phone still speaks the messages when I open them. A: The Text-to-Speech feature of your phone has been enabled. Disable it by following the procedures below:

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Disable Text to Speech (TTS) on Note2

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    Go to your home screen by pressing on the Home button.
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    On your home screen, press the "Menu" button.
    It is the button located on the lower-right portion of your phone's front screen.
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    After pressing the Menu button, you will be shown a few options.
    Tap on the "Settings" option, located on the lowest part of the list.
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    You will now be taken to the "Settings" menu.
    Scroll down until you are on the "Personal" sub-menu. Under "Personal," you can see some options. Tap on "Language and Input" (icon with a letter A on it).
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    In the "Language and Input" menu, go to the "Speech" sub-menu and tap on "Tex-to-speech-Output."
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    In the "Text-to-Speech-Output" menu, under "Preferred TTS", make sure that you uncheck "Google Text-to-speech Engine" and "Samsung TTS."
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    Congratulations!
    You have just successfully turned off Text-to-speech mode in your Galaxy Note2. If there is a need to enable it again, simply do the same procedures making sure that you check any of the Text-to-Speech options.
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Q: I already turned off TalkBack mode and disabled Text-to-Speech, but the phone still speaks on some instances, like when I receive an SMS it says, "Message from (Name of Sender)." A: Driving mode is apparently enabled. Disable it to completely turn off any speech on your device.

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Disable Driving Mode on Note2

  1. 1
    Go to your home screen by pressing on the "Home" button.
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    On your home screen, press the "Menu" button.
    It is the button located on the lower-right portion of your phone's front screen.
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  3. 3
    After pressing the Menu button, you will be shown a few options.
    Tap on the "Settings" option, located on the lowest part of the list.
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    You will now be taken to the "Settings" menu.
    Scroll down until you are on the "Personal" sub-menu. Under "Personal," you can see some options. Tap on "Language and Input" (icon with a letter A on it).
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    In the "Language and Input" menu, go to the "Speech" sub-menu and tap on "Text-to-Speech-Output."
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    In the "Text-to-Speech-Output" menu, under "General," make sure that you uncheck Driving Mode.
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    Congratulations!
    You have just successfully turned off Driving mode in your Galaxy Note2. If there is a need to enable it again, simply do the same procedures making sure that you set Driving mode to "ON."
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Questions and Answers

I need to disable Text-to-Speech Output but it will not work.

My phone (Note 1) always speeches in menu screens, saying "Page five of seven" and so on. I have tried to turn this off, but to no use. I cannot un-check both Google and Samsung TTS, one has to be selected.

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In this situation if you are unable to have both the Samsung and Google speech off then uncheck your Samsung Speech and leave the Google speech on for this will not speak all of the actions on your device.

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Turn off your TTS for Samsung for this will speak everything you do on your device, unlike the Google TTS, which only will speak when activated to do so on your device. Also, make sure that TalkBack is not activated on your device.

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I am not able to scroll up my apps after putting on the TalkBack mode?

I am not able to scroll up my Samsung Galaxy Note2 after putting on the TalkBack mode

This is because you will need to perform a double tap first in order for you to be able to scroll up and down the screen successfully. Double tap the screen first then you will be able to scroll up and down the screen in TalkBack mode on your device.

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In order to scroll up on your application or any menu on your device you will need to double tap in order to activate the basic features on your device. If you wish to not have to double tap on your options you can disable the TalkBack feature.

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How can I make "Talking Notification Girl" app on Galaxy Note3?

TalkBack need but makes problems

Visit your Settings. Go to Accessibility. Select TalkBack Mode While you are in here you will be able to change the voice from male to female in your settings

This will allow you to have a woman talking instead of having a male or vice verse

If you no longer need the said app because of issues, simply uninstall the application. If you want to somehow fix the issue, try re-installing the app. You can try another applications like TalkBack. You can download it through your app store or you can download it here:

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

How do I scroll down to accessibility settings? It does not allow.

I am not able to scroll down to accessibility settings with my TalkBack on. I need to close the TalkBack function

Double tap on your screen in order to be able to scroll down the settings menu so that you will be able to turn off TalkBack. When you reach the TalkBack option also double tap on the on/off tab so that you are able to turn off the TalkBack mode.

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When TalkBack is enabled, you will have to swipe up or down using two fingers to scroll lists and pages. So if you are in the Settings menu, please scroll down using your two fingers, then double tap on Accessibility. You can now disable TalkBack by unchecking the TalkBack checkbox.

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I cannot uncheck both of Google Text to Speech Engine and Samsung TTS, what to do now?

If you are unable to uncheck both of these features, turning off Driving Mode is enough. Also, choose Samsung TTS and do not download, nor install voice data for it.

Only turn off the one that you are not going to be utilizing, or the one that you find to be less helpful than the other. This will help you to keep one TTS application/option on your device.

How to take TalkBack off of Galaxy Prevail 2?

TalkBack is on my phone I would like to turn it off

In order to stop TalkBack and TTS on your phone follow these steps

1. From home screen go to Apps.

2. Select Settings.

3. Scroll down to Accessibility then select TalkBack 4. Move slider to off position and select OK

Occasionally, there is still some speech even after disabling this option. Follow the steps below to make sure it is all completely disabled

1. Go to Settings.

2. Select Application Manager.

3. Select Running Tab.

4. Select All Tab.

5. Now tap the Google Text to Speech Engine and disable.

I can't get my phone out of accessibility mode on my Samsung prevail 2?

Help me please. I need your help. How can I get it off that setting? I can't even scroll

While in TalkBack mode, the gesture for scrolling becomes a bit tricky. You'll need to use two fingers and do a swiping up or down on the screen to scroll. Take a look at the demonstration video below:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at215z0mUdc

On my phone, I do not have the ability to scroll down while the TalkBack feature is scroll down

Remember that TalkBack mode on phone requires different gestures for you to do a command on the phone. A normal command on the phone to select an application is by a tap only and the application will be launched and for swiping or scrolling on your phone screen, you need to use two fingers for you to swipe and scroll down. Simply place two of your fingers on screen and scroll. Remember that when you are going to scroll or swipe, it is best that you wait until the phone finishes reading what is on your phone screen, before doing the next action.

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If you still cannot scroll or do anything on your phone while TalkBack feature is enabled, the only resolution is to perform a Hard Reset on your phone. Doing a Hard Reset can erase of all data on the phone and all settings that you made on your phone will be set to their default values, just like when you first purchased the phone. There are some reports that whenever the TalkBack feature has been enabled, phone owners have found that the phone touch sensitivity is not functioning correctly, so they need to reset the phone back to its original settings. See below if you decide to reset the phone:

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1. Turn off the phone, it is best you take the battery out for 5 seconds and re-insert it back.

2. Press the following buttons and hold for a couple of seconds.

Press and hold Volume Up + Home button + Power

Wait for a couple of seconds or until you see an Android logo on screen or the recovery menu will pop-up. Use the volume keys to highlight, and then home button to select.

3. Select Wipe and Reset, then Yes, to start the process and wait. Once it's done, simply select the reboot to restart.

After the reset, your phone will now be on default and no more TalkBack. If you made a backup, then you can restore your device to have them all back, or download all applications from your Google Play store.

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See more questions like this: How can I stop TalkBack. My Phone can't scroll down for turn off TalkBack?

I have to double tap everything how do I change it back to single tap?

I have to double tap everything on my Galaxy Prevail

In order to be able to turn your device back from having to double tap, to single tap, you need to turn off the TalkBack mode on your device to ensure you will no longer have to double tap on your options or selections on your device:

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1. Go to Settings.

2. Go to Accessibility.

3. Tap on TalkBack.

4. Tap on the top option to slide the feature OFF on your device.

Here is a video on performing these steps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at215z0mUdc

Disable calendar event talk mode.

When a calendar event is triggered - the phone speaks - I need to disable speak mode

It can be annoying whenever your phone speaks to you at the most inconvenient times or whenever a calendar event comes up. Here are some of the top ways to disable the speak mode.

  • Turn off "Driving Mode".
  • Delete the "Lightflow" app.
  • Go to "App Manager" and click "All".
  • Disable Samsung and Google text to speech.

I am unable to disable talback?

Samsung 7100 TalkBack could not be disabled

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How to turn OFF text to speech in my Galaxy Note GT N7000?

When I open my home page, it says like page 1 of one, and page two of three that's it... so please tell me how it will be turned OFF

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My Samsung Note4 Nook keeps reading the nook books to me. How can I turn it OFF? I have disabled text to speech, returned to the original nook app and disabled TalkBack?

My Samsung Note4 Nook keeps reading the nook books to me. How can I turn it OFF? I have disabled text to speech, returned to the original nook app and disabled TalkBack.

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Hi, I cannot scroll with the TalkBack activated?

Hi, I activated the TalkBack by mistake and now I cannot scroll in any screen. Also in the settings screen. I cannot see the option to deactivate it, Thanks

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I am not sure whether my problem is with the talk thing, its just that my phone keeps on having this 'assistant window popping up all the time?

So, when I open my phone this white smaller 'assistant window opens up, obscuring the main window. It can be closed by the X in the top right hand corner but it means that one can miss a call because of it, its a pain. I have tried: I do not know what to do as I cannot find anywhere on the phone where I can disable this 'assistant' function which has only just started to happen. I think it was caused by: No idea - probably one of the pesky, unwanted updates or something

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