Disable Talk Back Mode in Samsung Galaxy S3

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In Samsung Galaxy S3, there's a feature that notifies the user through voice when there's an incoming call or text messages, called TalkBack mode. This feature is automatically turned on, or can easily be enabled by accident. This feature is included as a tool for people who are vision-impaired. It is easy to disable this feature, but sometimes even when the feature is disabled, the TalkBack feature is still operating. This is because you have Google Text To Speech (TTS) and you also need to disable that.

Disabling TalkBack mode on Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 VS. Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 use the same method to disable TalkBack mode. More than likely you were experimenting with your shiny new Samsung phone and you turned on TalkBack mode to experiment with it only to find out that you are now being notified by voice when you get a call or text message. TalkBack mode actually changes the way you interact with your phone. In TalkBack mode swipes or scrolling now requires two fingers. Selecting a menu item is done by selecting it with a single tap, then double tapping it to actually chose that menu item. These detailed instructions will take you through step by step process of disabling TalkBack mode. It only takes a few seconds.

To Disable TalkBack mode

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    Go to the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 or Note2.
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    Now go to settings menu option
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    There is an invisible button to the left of your home button. Press that button and select Settings. While in TalkBack mode you will have to double tap to select menu items. So double tap settings.
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    Now select accessibility
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    While in TalkBack mode you have to use two fingers to scroll / swipe to get down to the accessibility menu item. Again you will need to double tap to select accessibility because you are in TalkBack mode.
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    In accessibility you can now disable TalkBack mode
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    There is also an option here to disable "Text To Speech," which you must also disable. You can disable it here or an alternate method is covered in the next section. You can use either method you prefer. If you have trouble with one method try the other.
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To Disable Google TTS (Text to Speech for incoming text messages)

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    Go to the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or Note2.
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    Now go to settings.
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    Select "Application Manager"
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    Click on Running Tab/Menu
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    At the top of your screen you will see a thin blue menu bar that says "Downloaded" or "Running". Click on Running.
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    Select All
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    Once you have pressed the "Running" tab another column will show up titled "All". Select All by Tapping on it.
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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. So disable both to be sure.
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How to get past the homescreen in TalkBack mode on the S3 or Note II

Often people are getting stuck on the homescreen 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.

"I can't scroll down to turn off the Talk Back mode while following these instructions"

This happens to many people using their Galaxy S3. Samsung engineers should take note and correct this dilemma so that Galaxy users can scroll and select in the standard "one finger scroll" and "one tap" method to navigate. Once again, if you are unable to scroll down to turn off the TalkBack mode, you must use two fingers, which you may have to spread apart a little for scrolling. Remember, as mentioned above, you have to double tap rather than single tap to select on the menu.

How do you scroll back when talkback is enabled on the Galaxy S3

As mentioned above, normal singer finger gestures are disabled when you are on driving move. If you want to scroll, you need yo do it with using two fingers instead of the normal one finger scroll gesture.

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. 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.

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 on Talkback mode (as evident by the talking voice), you cannot do gestures normally like you do it on normal mode. On Talkback mode, you use two fingers instead of one finger so swipe using two fingers and you should be able to swipe successfully. All other gestures like tapping and dragging are done with two fingers.

How to get past the log screen if you have a password while in TalkBack mode

If you are unable to enter the password because of enabled TalkBack mode, you should press and hold the password field and then double tap it. Your keyboard will appear. Now long press the characters of your password (alphabets, numbers etc.) and then long press/ double tap the "Done" button. Congratulations! Your phone is unlocked. Now you can follow the above mentioned steps to deactivate TalkBack mode.

"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 turn off driving mode on your Samsung galaxy S3.

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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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    Under text-to-speech output, check if driving mode is enabled.
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    Disable "Driving Mode."
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How to turn off voice announcements in Samsung Galaxy S3

The voice announcements may turn out to be very irritating to you. They come in when the TalkBack is turned on and turning off the TalkBack will definitely be able to Turn Off all the voice announcements that are irritating you when you don't actually want to hear anything of the sort. Follow these steps to turn it off.

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    Tap the home screen menu of your device.
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    Select "Settings."
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    Select "Application Manager."
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    Go to TalkBack mode
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    Use your two fingers to swipe and also double tap to disable
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    Double press "Done" from the menu of the device.
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    You will be able to disable all the voice announcements, as well as any TalkBack from your device.
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How to turn off visually impaired on Samsung Galaxy S3

If you want to turn off the "S" voice for the visually impaired, you first need to know that it may be talking to you for one of two reasons: Driving Mode is on, or TalkBack, intended for the visually impaired, is enabled.

First,check if Driving Mode is on:

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    On your menu at the top of the screen, you will see a steering wheel icon above the words "Driving Mode."
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    If it is highlighted in bright green, it is on
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    Tap it in order to turn it off.
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If it is TalkBack enabled,remember that all navigating requires "two-finger scrolling and double tapping menu items". You must turn it off:

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    Go to "Messaging."
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    Tap "Menu."
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    Tap "Settings."
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    Now, in Settings, near the bottom of your screen, you will see a hand icon and "Accessibility."
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    If your TalkBack is showing enabled, double-tap Accessibility > TalkBack > Off.
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Now you have your golden silence once again.

Samsung s4, how to turn off voice that reads out incoming disabling calls

First,check if Driving Mode is on:

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    On your menu at the top of the screen, you will see a steering wheel icon with the words "Driving Mode."
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    If it is highlighted in bright green, it is on
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    Tap it in order to turn it off
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    You may have to double tap the steering wheel icon. It will be required if the Talkback is enabled.
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If TalkBack is enabled,You must turn it off:

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    Go to "Messaging."
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    Tap "Menu."
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    Tap "Settings."
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    Now, in Settings, near the bottom of your screen, you will see a hand icon and "Accessibility."
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    If your TalkBack is showing enabled, double-tap Accessibility > TalkBack > Off.
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    Unclick Speak Caller ID
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Tips

  • These instructions also work for Samsung Note II, which is essentially the same as the Galaxy, but with a bigger 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, in the upper right, or you can access it by hitting the invisible "Settings" button just to the left of your home button. Many people don't know that there is even a settings button there.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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