Disable Talk Back Mode in Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat vs Jelly Bean

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On the Samsung Galaxy S3, there's a feature that notifies the user by voice of incoming calls and text messages.

This feature is called TalkBack Mode, but for some, it's less of a feature and more of an annoyance. This is because even when TalkBack Mode is disabled, your phone may continue to talk. Even worse, many people who try to disable this feature find that their phones no longer respond to touch input or voice commands.

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Quick Tip: If you're stuck in TalkBack Mode, and your device isn't responding to touch, use two fingers to swipe or scroll, instead of one. Use one tap to select an option or function, and a double tap to click or open the function, instead of single tapping.

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Method 1: KitKat

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Disabling TalkBack Mode on Your Galaxy S3 running Kitkat

The Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note2 and Note3 all use the same method to disable TalkBack Mode.

More than likely, TalkBack Mode was accidentally turned on by an application, or a mistake by you or someone else experimenting with your Samsung Phone or Tablet. Since TalkBack changes the way you interact with your phone, it disables the most commonly used touch methods, and can actually lock you out of the phone. As frustrating as this is, it only it only takes a minute or two to disable.

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PLEASE NOTE: that specifically to disable TalkBack Mode, you'll need to interact with your device differently than you normally would, using the following two methods.

  • Swipes and scrolling in TalkBack Mode require two fingers instead of one.
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  • Selecting a menu item in TalkBack Mode is done by selecting it with a single tap, and then double tapping it to actually chose the menu item.
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    While on your Home screen, double-tap your phone's menu key (located on the bottom left-hand side
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    Then single tap on "Settings" to select it and double-tap on it to open the "Settings"
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    Single tap on "My Device" to select it and then double-tap on it.
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    Accessibility is in the "My Device" tab; however; you will still need to perform a swiping gesture to see it using two fingers.
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    Once you locate "Accessibility", single tap to select it and then double-tap to open it
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    In "Accessibility", locate "TalkBack" and single tap to select it followed by double-tapping to open it
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    On the "TalkBack" page, single tap on the "ON" switch to select it, then double-tap it or slide it to the left using two fingers to turn it "OFF".
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    TalkBack mode will now be disabled on your device
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Method 2: Jelly Bean

Disable TalkBack Mode on Your Samsung S3 running Jelly Bean

It's quick and easy to disable TalkBack Mode.

However, for those of you who prefer quick video instructions, we've put together two different videos explaining how to turn off TalkBack Mode on your Samsung device:

PLEASE NOTE: that specifically to disable TalkBack Mode, you'll need to interact with your device differently than you normally would, using the following two methods.

  • Swipes and scrolling in TalkBack Mode require two fingers instead of one.
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  • Selecting a menu item in TalkBack Mode is done by selecting it with a single tap, and then double tapping it to actually chose the menu item.

The following steps will have your TalkBack Mode disabled in no time.

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    While on your Home screen, double-tap your phone's menu key (located on the bottom left-hand side
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    Then single tap on "Settings" to select it and double-tap on it to open the "Settings"
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    Tap on 'Accessibility'
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    Remember that while in TalkBack Mode you have to use two fingers to scroll / swipe to get down to the Accessibility menu item. You will need to double tap to select 'Accessibility' if you are in TalkBack Mode.
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    Once in 'Accessibility', disable TalkBack Mode
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    There is also an option here to disable Text To Speech, which you should also disable at this time.
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    If you have trouble with this method, there are other methods you can try that we've listed in this guide.
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Disable TalkBack Mode When You Can't Enter Your Password or Pattern

TalkBack Mode changes the way that you interact with your device, invalidating the regular swipes and taps you would normally use.

If you previously set up a lock password, pattern or slide lock, then you simply need to use a different method to unlock your device. When following these steps, always keep in mind that when you're in TalkBack Mode, single tap functions are now double tap, and all swipe functions are two fingered instead of one. Additionally, some single tap functions are now long press while in TalkBack Mode. These differences are especially important when it comes to unlocking your phone.

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    Unlocking from Password
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    1. Long press and then double tap in the password field to pull up the keyboard.
    2. Enter your password with long presses on the keys.
    3. Double tap 'Done'.
    4. Your phone is now unlocked.
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    Unlocking from Pattern
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    1. Use two fingers to swipe your regular pattern.
    2. Your phone is now unlocked.
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    Unlocking from Swipe
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    1. Begin by double tapping the lock screen.
    2. Then use two fingers to swipe.
    3. Your phone is now unlocked.
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    To disable TalkBack Mode refer back to the previous above methods mentioned earlier in this wiki.
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Tips and Suggestions for Samsung TalkBack Mode

Here are some tips to help you through the most common problems with TalkBack Mode.

While we've discussed how to disable TalkBack Mode on your Galaxy S3, as detailed earlier in this guide, our VisiHow users have asked for more tips and suggestions, which we've provided below. Don't forget to let us know if you need more help by commenting in the questions section.

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  • These instructions also work for Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is essentially the same as the S3 but with a larger screen.
  • The settings menu may not be available from your home screen as specified above if you have configured your home screen and moved or removed this icon. In this situation, you can still access it by swiping down and selecting the 'Settings' sprocket icon that appears in the drop-down menu at the upper right, or you can access it by hitting the invisible 'Settings' button just to the left of your home button.
  • Having any password active while in TalkBack Mode can make the steps provided in this guide extremely cumbersome and unintuitive. It's strongly recommended that you disable your password before using TalkBack Mode, and instead set a swipe or pattern to unlock the phone if you need a password while in TalkBack Mode.

TalkBack Mode Vs. Driving Mode Vs. Text to Speech

There are three modes that will cause your device to TalkBack to you.

Your Samsung device only talks back when one or more of the three talking modes are turned on. In order to stop your device from talking, you'll first need to determine which mode is enabled, and disable it. Here's how you identify which talking mode is activated on your Samsung:

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    TalkBack Mode
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    When your device reads out almost everything, including menu items, then you're in TalkBack Mode. Here's a link to our section where we discuss how to Disable TalkBack Mode.
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    Driving Mode
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    If your device is only announcing incoming phone calls and messages, it is in driving mode. Here's a quick link to the guide on how to Disable Driving Mode.
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    TTS (Text to Speech) Engine
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    When your phone is randomly talking to you, but you are unable to determine exactly why it is talking, you can disable TTS. Here's how to Disable Text To Speech (TTS) Mode. Note that we only recommend disabling TTS as a last resort, as all applications that use the engine to talk to you will also be silenced.
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Access Settings on Galaxy S3 While in TalkBack Mode

Instructions for those with visual difficulties.

These instructions assume you're having difficulty reading your screen, and include as much detail as possible to better assist you.

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    Press the 'Home' button
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    This is a raised button found under your screen in the middle of your device.
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    Swipe right with two fingers to unlock the screen.
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    Touch the area to the left of the home key
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    There is no button here, but it is a place on the device that you can touch. It will say 'Showing 6 items'.
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    Select the first item from the bottom that is above this area
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    A single click should pull up 'Settings', at which point you'll have to double click to select 'Settings'.
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    Each option you touch once will be read out to you by your device.
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    To select an item, simply double tap the option you want.
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    To adjust a slider (like the volume slider), just double tap and then slide.
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    If you need to see more settings or additional options, use two fingers to scroll up or down to access menu options that did not fit on the screen.
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How to Turn Off Driving Mode

Stop your Samsung phone from announcing every incoming call.

For those who've inadvertently turned on Driving Mode, the constant announcements of calls and messages can be very frustrating. Here's how you can turn it off.

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    1. Go to 'Settings'.
    2. Select 'My Device Option'.
    3. Click on 'Hands-Free Mode', which will then deactivate it.
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To Disable Google TTS (Text to Speech)

Sometimes you need to disable Text To Speech entirely.

If you've tried the above steps, and your Samsung phone still insists on talking, you can disable the Text To Speech engine entirely. While it is not the best solution, it does work.

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    Go to the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or Note2.
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    Tap on 'Settings'.
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    Select 'Application Manager'.
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    Click on 'Running'
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    The 'Running Tab / Menu' can be found at the top of your screen, where you will see a thin blue menu bar that says 'Downloaded' or 'Running'.
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    In the new column, select 'All'
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    Once you have pressed the 'Running' tab, another column will show up titled 'All'.
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    Disable 'Google Text To Speech Engine' and 'Samsung TTS'
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    You likely are running Google's text to speech engine, but you may be using Samsung's (Vlingo) Text to Speech feature. For this reason, disable both to be sure.
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Questions and Answers

Voice sometimes replies on Voice Searches, even with Driving Mode turned off

Driving Mode is turned off, but Voice sometimes still replies when searching.

If you're having this problem, you need to take these steps:

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    Go to Settings
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    Go to Language and Input
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    Go to Voice search
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    Select Speech output
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    The options are
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    1. Always
    2. Informative Only
    3. Hands Free only
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    The default is Informative Only
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    Change it to 'Hands Free Only' to fix this problem.
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Why does my Galaxy S3 talks when I get a call

Some people think that when the phone announces incoming calls and texts, it is in TalkBack Mode, but it's not.

If this is your problem, it means you have somehow turned on driving mode. You will need to disable 'Drive Mode'.

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    On your home screen tap on 'Applications'.
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    Tap on 'Settings'.
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    Tap on 'Language and Input'.
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    Tap on 'Text To Speech Output'
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    1. Check if Driving Mode is enabled.
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    Disable 'Driving Mode'.===How to Check If it is TalkBack enabled===
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How can I see if TalkBack is turned on?

These are the steps you'll need to follow. Remember that all navigating while TalkBack Mode is enabled will require 'two fingers to scroll, single tap to select, and double tapping to open. Other functions, like entering passwords, will require long press of keys.

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    Go to 'Messaging'
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    Tap 'Menu'
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    Tap 'Settings'
     
    1. In 'Settings', near the bottom of your screen, you will see a hand icon and the word 'Accessibility'. This will let you know if your TalkBack is enabled or not.
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    If your TalkBack is enabled, and you want to turn it off
     
    1. Double tap 'Accessibility
    2. Double tap 'TalkBack'
    3. Double Tap 'Off'
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WHEN I TRY UNLOCKING MY Galaxy 3 IT DOES NOT LET ME PRESS THE OK BUTTON SO THAT IT CAN ACCEPT THE PIN NUMBER I ENTERED TO UNLOCK IT.

What can I do?

If your phone is currently in TalkBack Mode, you need to double tap each time that you are making a selection.

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    If you are unlocking your mobile phone by putting in pin numbers, you will need to tap each number twice to enter your pin
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    1. For Example, if your unlock code or pin is 1234, then you would need to double tap 1, double tap 2, double tap 3 and double tap 4.
    2. You will also need to double tap the 'OK' button when it is available.
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    Double tap the home screen.
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    Double tap the item that you'd like to select from your phone screen.
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I tried to go to accessibility but it really never will work

Make sure that you double tap each action that you are making upon going to the accessibility.

Don't forget to also use two fingers upon swiping your phone screen or scrolling down. The steps below cover how to disable TalkBack Mode in more detail:

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    Use two fingers to swipe your home screen from left or right
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    Make sure that you place your two fingers at the same time and not one at a time as the phone would read it as double tap.
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    When the phone screen is open, double tap the 'Settings' on screen.
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    Once more, use two fingers to scroll up and look for 'Accessibility'.
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    When you find 'Accessibility', double tap it.
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    Double tap 'Disable TalkBack'
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    When it has been disabled, your phone will be back to normal, and no longer require double taping or two finger swipe gestures.
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Why does hands free mode on Galaxy Note3 continue to come on?

How do I disable Hands Free Mode on my Galaxy Note3?

You can turn off Hands Free Mode by following these steps:

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    Go to your Home screen by tapping the Home button once.
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    Pull down the Notification bar by swiping your finger from the top of the screen and dragging it to the lower part of your phone's screen.
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    Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right part of the device's screen
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    The Settings looks like a small metallic gear.
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    Once Settings is open, tap on the My Device Tab
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    Select Input and Control.
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    Select Language and input.
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    Go down to Speech.
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    Tap on Voice Search.
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    In the Voice Search settings, tap on Speech Output.
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    In Speech Output, tap on Off.
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    You have successfully turned off Hands-free mode on your device
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    1. Note that if it still comes on periodically, you can turn it off entirely with these additional steps:
    2. Go to 'Settings'.
    3. Go to 'My Device' tab.
    4. Swipe 'Hands Free Mode' to off, and ensure that it is off, along with TalkBack Mode and Text To Speech Mode, or any other accessibility options you may have installed or modified.
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Can you help me to disable TalkBack?

I was playing around in settings and enable TalkBack ,but now I want to disable it but having problems

You should take note that these are the gestures that should be used when in TalkBack:

  • Scroll through a page - use two fingers to touch the screen and swipe up or down.
  • Flip through pages - use two fingers to touch the screen and swipe left or right.
  • Open an application, menu or option - double tap to give the command.
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You can check on the whole article to know the procedures in turning off TalkBack.

In order to disable TalkBack you will need to perform the following steps:

1. go to settings

2. go to accessibility

3. double tap on TalkBack to slide the option off

While in TalkBack mode you will need to perform double taps in order to make a selection.

Can I stop this without turning off TTS altogether?

It started out of the blue yesterday and I don't know why. I checked out the updates that I installed yesterday since it started after that, but none of them were for Handcent, the text app that I use. Everyone is mentioning Driving Mode, but when I checked, it's off

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If you have already turned your Driving Mode off and you still hear a voice feedback, then you may not have turned off TalkBack. Turn off TalkBack by going to Home > tap on Menu Key (lower-left soft key) > Tap on Settings >My Device > Accessibility > TalkBack under Services > tap the witch button to turn it OFF.

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This is instructed in this article particularly in Disable Talk Back Mode in Samsung Galaxy S3

If you are having an issue with your device talking its options or selections you may need to visit the TalkBack feature on your device. Simply visit your settings>>accessibility>>tap on TalkBack to turn the talking off on your device.

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I've deactivated my drive mode n d TTs yet I still get that annoying caller ID....please what can I do?

Please how do I stop this annoying caller ID?

If you have deactivated the drive mode then you will be able to stop your device from speaking to you on your device. Along with deactivating the drive mode you will need to also disable the TalkBack mode so that your device will in fact will stop speaking to you repeatedly.

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In order to fully stop all of the TalkBack and TTS options follow these steps

1. From home screen go to Apps

2. Select Settings

3. Scroll down to Accessibility then select TalkBack

4. Move the slider to off position and select OK

Now sometimes there is still some TalkBack even after disabling this option. Follow the steps below to ensure all of the Speech options are turned off completely

1. Go to Settings

2. Select application Manager

3. Select Running Tab

4. Select All Tab

5. Now disable the Google Text to Speech Engine and disable Samsung TTS

This should fully remove all of the talking features of the phone

How do I get the TalkBack on my tab3?

How do I get my TalkBack on my tab3

You will need to visit the settings menu on your device, select the settings tab and then from there you can select the accessibility tab so that you can select TalkBack mode on your device.

You can access this feature by performing the following steps:

1. Go to settings

2. Go to accessibility

3. Tap on the TalkBack feature

This will help you to turn the TalkBack feature on your device

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I can't do anything on my phone only talking?

Please help me to disable the TalkBack on my phone

Disabling the TalkBack Mode of your device is very simple, please kindly follow these procedures on how to disable it.

  • Remember that you have to tap everything twice.

1. Go to Settings of your device

2. Then choose Accessibility

3. In the Accessibility Options/ Settings, you can find the TalkBack mode is checked, just tap it to disable this mode in your phone.

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its not working there any other step?

Yes there is. However, the alternate steps that you are going to take will compromise all of your phone data as you will be performing a Hard Reset to your phone. Meaning, all data that you have will be wipe out like contacts, pictures, videos, applications and so on. If you manage to back up the phone recently then you can restore those files that will be deleted if not, then you can download the applications back from the Play Store and start from scratch. If you want to perform a Hard Reset for your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, you need to:

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1. Turn off the phone or take the battery out and place it back after 5 seconds

2. Press and hold Volume Up then the Home Button and the power at the same time then wait for the Samsung Logo to Appear and let go

3. Select the Reset/Wipe Data and select "YES" After. Wait for the process to complete and it will all be reset, select the reboot to restart the phone.

Volume Up: To Scroll up

Volume Down: To Scroll down

Power Button to Select

Again, all data will be deleted but the data on your SD card will remain the same. You are only resetting the phone and it does not include the SD card. If you do not want to reset the phone back to factory settings, what you need to do is to follow the steps that was given to turn off the TalkBack mode since you do not want to use it. Here's how to:

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1. Double Tap the "Apps". If you tap it once, it will just say Apps

2. Double Tap the Settings, if the Settings is not present in the first page of the applications then what you need to do is to use two fingers to swipe to left and right.

3. Once you have the Settings menu on screen, then use two fingers to scroll down and look for the Accessibility

4. Double Tap the Accessibility to open it then disable the TalkBack from here. You need to double tap the switch to turn it off.

Video Tutorial

For your convenience we have recorded these instructions in a video. You can watch this video to help clarify the instructions in this Wiki. Please keep in mind that the Wiki is always being updated, so the Wiki instructions may be more up to date than the video.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj8AKxsY8Zo - How to Escape from TalkBack Mode

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5L-3Sowc30 - How to Enable and Disable TalkBack Mode

How to get past the home screen in TalkBack mode on the S3 or Note II

Often people are getting stuck on the home screen after enabling TalkBack mode (presumably to try it out). They don't realize that, in TalkBack mode you must use two fingers instead of one when swiping, and you must double tap instead of single tap. In this mode, you may think the device has locked up. So, use two fingers when you would normally use one, and double tap instead of single tap, and follow the instructions listed above. If you still have problems, let me know in the comments section below.

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How to turn off the TalkBack while an incoming call is in progress on Samsung S3 or Note II

TalkBack mode can be turned off using the above instructions, but you must press the home button first to put your current call in the background. Then follow the instructions in this wiki to disable TalkBack or diving mode. When you are finished, you can swipe down to bring up the notifications screen, and there you will find options to return to your current call.

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How to use swipe on a Samsung Galaxy Note when a voice is talking

The voice that you are referring to is the TalkBack voice service, enabled through TalkBack mode. Since you are in TalkBack mode (as evident by the talking voice), you cannot use gestures normally, as you do it on normal mode. On TalkBack mode, you use two fingers instead of one finger o swipe. Using two fingers, you should be able to swipe successfully. All other gestures, like tapping and dragging, are done with two fingers. When you try to swipe on your Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy SIII when you are in TalkBack mode, you have to make sure your two fingers are not so close together. This means that they should be apart for the swiping to be successful. Swipe using two fingers then double tap on the application you want to select. When your fingers are close together, the swiping may not be successful so remember, fingers apart to swipe and double tap to select.

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I am unable to unlock my S3 phone while TalkBack option is in active mode?

If you are using Swipe or Pattern lock to unlock your device, you need to perform it using two fingers instead of one. Driving mode requires gestures to be done with two fingers so that actions and commands are recognized and executed.

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You can unlock your device by double tapping on the screen to activate the ability to enter your password, pin or pattern unlock code. Also once you have opened your device, you will need to double tap on every selection to make the selection go through successfully to de activate TalkBack in the settings menu.

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How do you scroll down with your touch disabled in TalkBack mode?

I was checking out the vision impaired setting but my fonts is too large so I need to stroll down so I can disable it but as you know the touch is off so I'm trying to figure out how to stroll down to disable it

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Actually, touch is not disabled when in TalkBack mode; normal gestures that are used in normal mode are not recognized in TalkBack mode for feature requirements. To perform a tapping gesture on TalkBack, do it with a double tap instead. If you want to scroll do not use one finger, instead, use two fingers to scroll. Check on Question#5 as it has the listing of the gestures that are recognized during TalkBack.

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In order for you to be able to scroll down the menu you will need to double tap on the screen in order for you to be able to scroll down the screen or window. While TalkBack is on understand that all of your selections need to be started with a double tap in order to make selections or scroll.

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Why my Samsung Galaxy 3's incoming number with "+" and cannot be called back?

Why my Samsung Galaxy 3's incoming number with "+" and cannot be called back?

Did you know that once the TalkBack has been enabled on your phone it enables double tap.

In order for you to scroll on your device after you have entered TalkBack mode you will need to double tap on the screen before you are able to move it on the device.

If you have an incoming number calling you with an + sign you will be able to go back and enter the number without the + sign so that you can dial out perfectly. The + sign appears at times when you have copied the number from somewhere else to call out and can in fact cause an error in calling depending on the number.

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The plus sign often signifies that you are calling a number internationally, this can disrupt the call from your device depending where you are calling from. It will be very easy if you were to take away the + sign before you dial out the number.

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Can't turn Google text to speech off, when disabled it just turns itself back on, every time I touch the screen when reading emails, the Samsung this has been disabled and has now disappeared. using S3 mini GT-18190 4.1.1?

S3 mini Google tss on all the time

This option will only turn on if you tap on the microphone in order to speak to your device. If you were to simply not tap on the microphone you will not have to use the text to speech option on the device.

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See more questions like this: How to disable automatic speech sounds on my smartphone

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