Enable Talkback Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Method 1

Hi, you're watching VisiHow. Today we are going to show you how to enable 'TalkBack mode' on the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. Now TalkBack mode is an assistive technology that helps those who are visually impaired or even people who simply want to have the added functionality of TalkBack mode. Generally, it is designed for people who have difficulty in seeing and it changes the way you interact with your phone. This can be really frustrating for some people, but for those people who need the technology and are aware this is what they are installing it is a very helpful tool. What it does is if you single tap on any app, for instance, 'camera'. Instead of opening the camera it reads out loud and says "camera". Then you can tap on the camera again, which will open the camera for you. Likewise, instead of swiping with one finger, you can swipe with two fingers. That way, if you're trying to see something, or if you bump the phone, you don't accidentally swipe. It is a very, very helpful feature.

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Steps

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    So to get started, what you are going to do is either click on the 'apps' button in the bottom right hand side of the phone, then click on settings
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    Or, you can swipe down from the top and tap on the 'settings' that way.
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    Then we are going to do that go down to 'accessibility' which is the fifth one down under 'personalization'
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    We are going to tap on the green hand icon for 'accessibility'
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    Now we have the categories of vision, hearing, dexterity and interaction, direct access answering anything calls, single tap mode, manage accessibility, even other services that we may have installed
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    Now if you or someone helping another person set their phone up, they may have other services or they may need to install other services
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    This is where you will access those services, if the menu functions are not easily available in the services themselves.
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    Now are going to click on 'vision'
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    This is going to give us the option to turn TalkBack mode on
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    And the moment it is off, obviously you can see text-to-speech options accessibility shortcut, color adjustments, etc.
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    So we are going to tap on TalkBack
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    Now this is going to tell us that when TalkBack is on your device it provides spoken feedback to help blind and low-vision users
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    For example, it describes what you touch, select, and activate. Again, if you are not a low-vision user or you are not blind and you enable this service you will have a very difficult time using your phone unless you follow our instructions which we will continue on with here.
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    So to enable this
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    Let's press this option here.
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    Use TalkBack
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    "TalkBack needs permission to monitor your actions, Retrieve window content, turn on explore by touch, turn on enhanced web accessibility, and observe the text you type". We are going to click on OK to enable this.
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    "Touch disabled while the tutorial is running", that flashes up very quickly
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    If you are visually impaired. You probably wouldn't have been able to read that. In fact, I didn't read it at all, but I will probably go back and just check in the video to see what it says.
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    We can download a high-quality voice file which will download the English language and we can hear the voice
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    I'm not terribly worried about that, so let's just click OK. Remember, you do have to use two taps.
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    Samsung TTS US English female high-quality, sure, why not press install again using two taps
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    App permissions to be used for the Samsung TTS US English female high quality needs to have the following permissions, storage.
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    So tap on 'accept and download'
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    Again, two quick taps.
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    Let's get this downloaded and installed and see what the Samsung girl has to say
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    OK, so the touch gal has taught us that we should find an icon by touching the screen and sliding our finger around
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    So you notice, I'm sliding down the middle
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    I'm not actually touching anything, and she is not telling me anything.
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    Let me go over to messages
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    Female voice: messages. You can also explore by swiping your finger left and right anywhere on the screen. Try quickly swiping from left to right To move to the next icon.
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    So now we are going to swipe from left to right
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    Female voice: showing items 13 to 30 of 40. Hangouts, to explain something you have explored tap the screen twice. Explore until you find the contacts icon, then double tap anywhere on the screen to explain it.
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    OK, so she wants us to find the contacts icon
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    So, let's explore OK, so if you are sliding your finger around and you are unable to really see the screen. Female voice: you found the contacts icon, double tap anywhere on the screen to explain.
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    OK, so double tap anywhere on the screen
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    There we go. The contacts icon has been activated. Female voice: Find the 'next' button, it is located near the bottom right corner of the screen, then double tap to explain it.
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    OK, so now we're going to find 'next' by tapping, then quickly double tap it
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    Female voice: to scroll through a list you can slide your fingers along the screen. For example, the current screen contains a list of app names that can scroll up or down. First, try to explore the screen and identify an app.
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    OK, we are going to explore the screen and identify an app
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    Now remember Exploring the screen is just by moving your finger around. Female voice: now place two fingers on the screen and slide them up. If you reach the top of the list, place your fingers on the bottom of the list and continue scrolling up. Please, explore the page to find one more app. You can also scroll an entire page by swiping your finger. To scroll to the next page, swipe your finger from the right to the left using a single motion.
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    She doesn't really like me very much as you can see
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    Female voice: Showing items 1 to 9 of 40.
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    So you get the general idea, let's click next
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    I will let you read some of this. You don't need to follow me through all of it. Just going to zip through it. I will let you run through that yourself.
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    TalkBack is enabled
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    Now let's press the home button to get back to the home screen.
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    Now, let's close the phone
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    Now it's closed, if your phone was in TalkBack mode and you would like to start it now you would press the button, and you would try to swipe it with one finger, it does not work.
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    The female voice will tell you what to do
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    Female voice: swipe with two fingers to unlock the screen. She really hates me. So, there we go, we have to swipe with two fingers to unlock the screen. Let's try that. Female voice: device unlocked.
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    Device unlocked
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    Now we want to turn this off right, but that's going to be in another video, so now you know how to turn this on and you know how to use it.
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    If you want to go to 'apps' you can just not one tap, but hit it to activate the icon and then double-click it
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    See, there we go.
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    'Settings', click it to highlight it, and then double-click to open it
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    Amazing, huh
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    So, thank you for watching VisiHow. I do hope this video has been helpful for you and we look for to hearing back from you in the comment section below or for artist video and if you are looking to disable TalkBack Mode. Please check out our video on how to disable talkback mode. Thank you very much. Have a great day. We will see you soon.
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Video: Enable TalkBack Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Method 2

This article is part of the VisiHow series of tips and tricks on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S5.

How to Turn On TalkBack for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Visual assistance applications from Samsung are some of the best in the industry.

Samsung's TalkBack Mode is a state of the art visual assistance option. It verbally announces each item tapped or pressed on screen, and is designed to help those requiring visual assistance. It works by making it easier to know which options are being pressed, before activating them. It's not difficult to turn on, but you do need to follow some specific steps, which we explain in the guide below.

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We've also written a guide for how to turn off TalkBack for the Samsung Galaxy S5, in the event you need help with that, or later decide to disable TalkBack.

If you need to learn how to use Car Mode with the Samsung Galaxy S5, you can read about it here.

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    On the home scree of your Galaxy S5, locate the 'Apps' button on the lower right
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    Touch it to open the Apps Menu.
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    Look for the 'Settings' icon, which looks like a round blue and silver gear
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    Tap it to open the Settings Menu.
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    Once the Settings Menu is open, scroll down to the 'Personalization' section
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    Look for the 'Accessibility' icon, which is a green circle, with a white hand in the middle. Tap it to open the 'Accessibility' Menu.
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    In the 'Accessibility' Menu, you'll want to under the 'Categories' section
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    You will see three items, 'Vision', 'Hearing', and 'Dexterity and interaction'. Tap on 'Vision' to open the 'Vision' Menu.
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    Once the 'Vision' Menu is open, you should see a number of options
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    These control visual device functions. Look for 'TalkBack', and tap it to open the 'TalkBack' Menu.
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    Now you should see a single option to turn TalkBack 'ON' or 'OFF'
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    The default is 'OFF'. Tap it to move the switch to 'ON', and activate 'TalkBack' Mode.
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    Now you should see a pop up menu
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    This will let you know the permissions TalkBack is requesting. Simply tap 'OK' to continue.
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    You will now see a list of additional features that do not work with TalkBack
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    Everything in this list will be temporarily turned off while TalkBack is enabled. Tap 'OK' to enable TalkBack, and continue.
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    Now you will given the option of listening to the TalkBack tutorial
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    If you need the spoken tutorial, double tap 'Next', just keep in mind that touch is disabled while the tutorial is speaking, so you won't be able to easily exit the tutorial. When you're done, or if you don't need the spoken TalkBack tutorial, double tap 'Exit'.
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    Now you will see that that TalkBack switch is green, and turned to 'ON'
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    This means that the tap functions of your phone now verbally describe a menu option on a single tap, with a double tap required to activate it, and two fingers to swipe, instead of one. You can press the home button to return to your home screen whenever you're ready.
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    Congratulations
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    You have successfully turned on TalkBack mode in your Samsung Galaxy S5. Make sure to read our Tips and Suggestions section for more details on using this feature.
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Tips and Suggestions for Enabling TalkBack on the S5

TalkBack changes the way you interact with your device.

In order to best assist those using visual assistance options, the following methods of interaction change when TalkBack is enabled:

  • Single tap will cause TalkBack to read out the menu item, function, or option you've tapped on.
  • Single tap or single press options become double tap or double press.
  • Slide or scrolling functions require two fingers, instead of one finger.
  • Password options, such as entering a PIN, require a tap and a long press on the second tap. This must be done for each number or letter in a password or PIN.
  • Sliding for a pattern unlock also requires a single press, and then a long press, without lifting your finger after the long press. Then you can slide to pattern unlock.
  • Disabling complex passwords is strongly recommended before turning on TalkBack, as it can be quite frustrating to perform certain security unlocks when in TalkBack mode.
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