Article ID : 00205194 / Last Modified : 10/08/2019

Screen reader for an Android TV

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    The Screen reader works by vocalizing information on the Android TV™ screen, such as the program guide and setting screen, which people with visual impairment might not be able to fully acquire from their sight. In order to use the screen reader function, an internet connection is necessary.

    Before you start

    • Check this article if you aren't sure which Android™ OS version your TV uses.
    • The screen reader function only reads text that you can focus or highlight.
    • The screen reader function is available only for some countries and languages.
    • Only the following preinstalled apps are confirmed to support the screen reader function:
      • Netflix®
      • Prime Video™
      • Vudu®
      • Crackle®
      • YouTube™
      • Google Play™ Movies & TV
    • Only models released in the United States support verbal description for channel changing.

    Activating Screen reader from the Settings

    Activating the Screen reader function on TVs with eARC will deactivate the eARC mode.

    1. On the supplied remote, press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings, then press the Enter button. The location of Settings depends on the Android OS version.
      • For Android 8.0, the Settings icon is located at the upper right corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Up arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Right arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
      • For Android 7.0, the Settings icon is located at the lower left corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Down arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Left arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
    3. Press the Down arrow button to select Accessibility, then press the Enter button.
    4. Press the Down arrow button to select Screen reader, then press the Enter button.
    5. Select Enable, then press the Enter button.
    6. Select OK, then press the Enter button.

    Changing the language

    1. On the supplied remote, press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings, then press the Enter button. The location of Settings depends on the Android OS version.
      • For Android 8.0, the Settings icon is located at the upper right corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Up arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Right arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
      • For Android 7.0, the Settings icon is located at the lower left corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Down arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Left arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
    3. Press the Down arrow button to select Accessibility, then press the Enter button.
    4. Press the Down arrow button to select Text to speech, then press the Enter button.
    5. Press the Down arrow button to select Engine configuration, then press the Enter button.
    6. Press the Down arrow button to select Language, then press the Enter button.
    7. Select your preferred language from the list, then press the Enter button.
      • The screen reader function works when the Language in Settings matches the language selected in Engine configuration.

    Changing the speech rate

    1. On the supplied remote, press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings, then press the Enter button. The location of Settings depends on the Android OS version.
      • For Android 8.0, the Settings icon is located at the upper right corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Up arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Right arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
      • For Android 7.0, the Settings icon is located at the lower left corner of the Home menu. Press and hold the Down arrow button for about three seconds, press and hold the Left arrow button for about two seconds to select Settings, then press the Enter button.
    3. Press the Down arrow button to select Accessibility, then press the Enter button.
    4. Press the Down arrow button to select Text to speech, then press the Enter button.
    5. Press the Down arrow button to select Speech rate, then press the Enter button.
    6. Select your preferred speech rate from Very slow to Fastest, then press the Enter button.