Accessibility

The accessibility features allow visually-impaired or hearing-impaired users to get the most usability from their phones.

TalkBack

TalkBack is a voice assistant application provided by Google. It helps visually-impaired users in interacting with their phones.

Explore by touch is a feature of TalkBack. After you enable TalkBack and Explore by Touch, your phone describes anything you touch, select, and activate on your screen.

Enabling TalkBack

When you power on your phone for the first time, spread two fingers apart and hold them on the welcome screen to quickly enable TalkBack and Explore by touch.

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch TalkBack.
  4. On the TalkBack screen, touch the switch on the upper right corner, and touch OK to enable TalkBack.

TalkBack gestures

After you enable TalkBack and Explore by touch, you can use different gestures to operate your phone.

Browse the screen

Flick up or down with two fingers to scroll across the list or flick left or right to switch between pages.

Select an item

Touch an item to select it and listen to the TalkBack voice instructions.

Open an item

After you select an item, double-touch any area on the screen to open the item.

Move an item

  1. Touch the item you want to move.
  2. Double-touch the item and drag it to the desired location. Then release your finger.

On the TalkBack settings screen, touch Manage gestures to customize your commands with different gestures.

Configuring TalkBack

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch TalkBack.
  4. Touch Settings to configure voice, feedback, and other features.

Enabling large text

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Select Large text to enlarge the system font.

Inverting colors

Invert colors to enhance the color contrast and make the display effect resemble a photo negative, making it easier for users with visual impairment to read text on the screen.

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Select Negative colors.

Setting shortcut operations for answering or ending a call

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. You can then:
    • Select Close to the ear to answer so that you can answer incoming calls by simply raising your phone to your ear.
    • Select Press the volume key to answer so that you can answer incoming calls by pressing the volume button.
    • Select Power key ends call so that you can end calls by pressing the power button.

Enabling accessibility shortcut

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch Accessibility shortcut.
  4. On the Accessibility shortcut screen, touch the switch on the upper right corner.

Then press and hold the power button until you hear a sound, and touch and hold any area on the screen with two fingers to enable TalkBack.

Setting the TalkBack speech rate

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch Text-to-speech output.
  4. Touch Speech rate to set the speed of TalkBack voice notifications.

Setting the touch & hold delay

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch Touch & hold delay to set the recognition time for touching and holding the screen.

Hearing settings

Adjusting sound balance

Hearing-impaired users may have different hearing capabilities between their left and right ears. You can adjust your phone's left and right sound channel volume as required.

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch Sound balance, and drag the slider left or right to shift the sound balance.

Turning off all sounds

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Select Disable all sounds to disable multimedia sounds, ringers, and other notification tones.

Enabling captions

  1. On the home screen, touch main menu icon > Settings icon.
  2. Under All, touch Accessibility.
  3. Touch Captions.
  4. Touch the switch on the upper right corner to enable Captions.