Article ID : 00046257 / Last Modified : 12/21/2016

What is the TalkBack feature and how do I disable it on my tablet?

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TalkBack is an Accessibility Service app developed by Google® that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily. This application adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device. When Talkback is enabled, an audio is generated for the setup menu.

If you have enabled the TalkBack app and now wish to disable it, follow these steps to turn the feature off.

IMPORTANT: A quick double or triple tap will be needed in order to make a selection while TalkBack is activated.
  1. On the desktop, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) the Home icon.

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  2. In the lower-right corner of the desktop home screen, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) the clock.
  3. On the Time Date Notification pane, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) the clock again to get the full Notifications pane.

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  4. On the full Notifications pane, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) the Settings icon.

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  5. In the Settings screen, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) to select Accessibility.

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    IMPORTANT:

    • If you cannot see the Accessibility option and you have the Auto-rotate option on, rotate to Portrait mode and you will be able to see all the options on the Settings screen.
    • If you cannot see the Accessibility option and the Auto-rotate option has been disabled, you will need to perform an External Data Reset (Android Reset) procedure  in order to return the tablet to normal operation.
  6. In the Accessibility screen, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) TalkBack.
  7. In the Accessibility | Talkback screen, in the upper-right corner, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) the On and Off Settings.

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  8. At the Stop TalkBack prompt, quickly double-tap (or triple-tap) OK.

The TalkBack feature is now disabled and you can use the tablet as normal.