To enable people to use our technology with wide accessibility, Samsung has developed and applied a variety of auxiliary technical solutions. With intuitive, easy-to-
operate design and accessibility, some people with disabilities may not be able to use our technology with its new and exciting features.
Samsung provides features that may enable you to read with ease and use your device
in many situations - even if
the screen cannot be seen clearly.
By reading aloud what is displayed on your screen, TalkBack gives you
great accessibility to content. When you select a feature on
the display, TalkBack will tell which it is. And running TalkBack will
activate the motion controls so that you can use a gesture with your
fingers. Also, TalkBack’s web accessibility will read the various
contents from web pages.*
*Internet connection required. Data, subscription or other charges may apply.
You can choose from 7* sizes of font to suit your performance. By adjusting
the font size to your eyesight, you may be able to read the content with ease.
* Selected features only in GALAXY Note 3.
* Some of the features support up to 6 font sizes in GALAXY Note 3.
* GALAXY S4 supports up to 5 font sizes.
If information displayed on the screen is hard to read, you
can use the colour adjustment feature to change colours.
When the colour samples are displayed, you can adjust or
fine tune the colours that are not easy to see.
* The colour of images may vary depending on settings.
The Negative Colours feature finds and selects
a display to help to suit your eyesight. Activating this feature
will reverse the black and the white to give you an alternative view.
The Gesture feature lets you zoom in or out by tapping
three times on the display (applies to all areas except the keyboard
and the navigation bar). Once zoomed in, you can explore another
area of the display by dragging your two fingers on the area.
S Voice is another option for using your device. Setting the
Hands-free mode will not only read to you a message that has arrived in
your device, but also enables you to reply to the message using a voice
command and to answer a call from your friend. And if you want to view
information or run applications, say "Hi, GALAXY!" when S Voice is
enabled and S Voice will be ready, listening out for your instruction.
* You can use this feature by launching S Voice application
** Performance of S Voice function may vary depending on the language spoken and surrounding environment including ambient noise.
There are many ways of providing ‘visualized sound’ to help to assist the users whose hearing is
weak. While wearing your hearing aid, you can use features such as Sound Balance, Mono Audio,
Turn Off All Sounds, Flash Notification, Adapt Sound, and Create Vibration to help you check on incoming
messages and notice when the phone is ringing or other notifications.
Sound Balance is our initiative for people with different hearing abilities in
each ear. It enables you to adjust the volume of the earphones separately
in your left and right ears.
Sound Balance will help you use earphones to experience a sound
environment that may be comfortable and suited to you.
You can check up on events with the flash lamp. If Flash Notification is
enabled, the flash lamp on the camera in the back of your device will
flicker to notify you that you have a phone call or a notification.
This feature lets you adapt the sound of your earphones to your
ears. Just connect the earphones to your device and put it on your
ears, then press Optimise. This will maintain sound quality to phone
calls or music according to your hearing - giving you great sound.
You can use this feature at Settings → Sound
For those who suffer from lateral hearing difficulties, we offer the
Mono Audio feature which converts stereo sound into mono
sound to make sure catch sounds from two channels.
This may help you if you have hearing in only one of
Turn Off All Sounds
If you have complete hearing loss you may not want other people
to hear audible notifications on your device. This function enables
you to turn off all sounds and audible notifications so that you can
prevent unnecessary sounds.
Create Vibration Patterns
We offer a feature to
create vibration patterns to replace your
ringtone. Using the Vibration menu in the Sound Settings you
can personally create various vibration patterns running for
around 10 seconds. If you create and save one for each of your
friends in your contacts, you may able to tell who is calling by
feeling the vibration pattern without having to view the display.
You can use this feature at Settings → Sound
If you find it difficult to use various gestures required by your device, you can help to control them instead with
an intuitive interface. You may be able to access the settings through the streamlined and convenient user
This menu may make features accessible for some users who have
particular difficulties in using their body. Using touch operations,
you can access the features normally activated by pressing a
hardware button or making a gesture motion. Accessible features
include Menu, Open Notification Window, Home, Back, Volume
Settings, Lock Display, Restart, Shut Down Device, Open Device
Option, Capture Screen, Zoom In/Out, Settings, and other selected
Press and Hold Delay
You can edit your home screen through the menu that is displayed
when you touch and hold any blank space of the home screen for a
certain length of time.
You can change the pressing time to Short (0.5sec), Medium (1.0sec),
Long (1.5sec) in Settings. Using this operation, you can change the
wallpaper, add apps or widgets, create folders and edit pages.
Easy Touch Mode
Easy Touch Mode enables you to stop or snooze alarm,
calendar events, and timer alerts and to accept or reject
incoming calls simply by touching it. So instead of
having to slide your finger across the screen, you can
interact with the device with less finger movement.
* This feature is available on GALAXY Note 3 and
GALAXY S4(Android 4.3) only.
If you often make unintended touches on your screen, you can control the touch response in a
specific area. This technology makes your touch control on your device more accurate and may help
you do things with the device using just one touch.
Interaction Control may assist you to reduce errors from accidental
touches when running an application. Pressing both Home and
Volume Down at the same time allows you to choose an area of the
screen which will then not respond to accidental touches. With this
menu enabled, you cannot use Auto Rotation and the buttons on your
handset. Apps notifications will be displayed only on the Notification
page and the Status bar.
You don't have to touch all the menus step by step in order to change the settings of your device.
Using the functions below from the Accessibility menu, you can answer or end a call, and display or
execute shortcuts by pressing the hardware button.
You can answer your call using a hardware button or by voice
control, and end the call using a power button.
By pressing and holding the power button, you can access shortcuts to
the Accessibility settings and TalkBack.
When you select one from the ‘Show Shortcut’ menu, it will be displayed
in the Device Options list. This means you can drill down to the menu
without going through the menu settings.
Manage Accessibility on multiple devices
You can save, update, or share your accessibility settings with
other devices via NFC^ (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth,
Wi-Fi Direct, Cloud, etc. This makes it possible to retain your
existing user environment when you change your smartphone device.
※These features are supported by GALAXY S4 and GALAXY Note 3. Some functions may vary depend on the settings.
^The compatible Samsung GALAXY devices must be in close proximity.