Which Accessibility options are available on my Samsung Galaxy S III?

Your Samsung mobile device comes with a variety of accessibility features that, when activated, let those with visual impairments use the device with greater ease.

Settings may differ depending on the version of TalkBack on your device. Please check Google Play™ Store for any available updates.

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System Accessibility Options

To access these accessibility features, from the Home screen, touch Menu  > Settings  > Accessibility.

  • Auto-rotate screen: Mark this option to have your device automatically rotate the screen based on the orientation in your hand.
  • Screen timeout: Select the delay when the display will timeout.
  • Speak passwords: When enabled, your device will speak passwords for logins.
  • The power key ends calls: Mark this option to end a call using the Power/Lock key.
  • Accessibility shortcut: When you mark this feature, an accessibility settings menu shortcut will be added to the menu shown when you press and hold the Power key for one to two seconds.

Accessibility Service — TalkBack

The TalkBack feature will read aloud the menu location you are in, and can also read aloud on-screen options you select. Touch the slider  to turn TalkBack on . Touch Settings at the bottom of the screen to edit the following TalkBack settings:

  • Speech volume: Select the speech level of TalkBack. Choose from Match media volume, 75% of media volume, 50% of media volume, or 25% of media volume.
  • Ringer volume: Set when TalkBack should speak to you. Choose from Speak at all ringer volumes, No speech in Silent Mode, or No speech in Vibrate and Silent Mode.
  • Use pitch changes: Mark this option to have any keyboard feedback spoken at a different pitch.
  • Keyboard echo: Select how TalkBack will handle speaking the keys you type. Select from Always speak typed keys, Only for on-screen keyboard, or Never speak typed keys.
  • Use pitch changes: Mark this option to have any keyboard feedback spoken at a different pitch.
  • Speak when screen is off: Mark this option to have TalkBack speak to you even when the screen is off.
  • Use proximity sensor: Mark this option to have TalkBack turn off when the proximity sensor is activated, such as when you place your device to your ear.
  • Speak caller ID: Mark this option to have TalkBack speak the caller ID name or number during incoming calls.
  • Vibration feedback: Mark this option to have TalkBack use vibration feedback when you are interacting with your device.
  • Sound feedback: Mark this option to turn on sound feedback when TalkBack is on.
  • Sound volume: Select the sound feedback level of TalkBack. Choose from Match media volume, 75% of media volume, 50% of media volume, or 25% of media volume.
  • Explore by touch: Mark this option to use the "explore by touch" feature.
  • Launch "Explore by touch" tutorial: Opens a tutorial on how to use the "Explore by touch" feature.
  • Manage shortcut gestures: You can assign one of the following shortcuts to any of the gestures: Unassigned, Back button, Home button, Recent apps button, Open Notifications, Open continuous reading menu, or Open global context menu.
  • Developer settings: Access TalkBack settings used for developing applications. Choose Highlight event sources or Display speech output.

Vision Hearing Assistance

The following features are available to further assist those with vision or hearing impairments.


  • Font size: Adjusts the size of your device's font.
  • Negative colors: Inverts the color of the screen — text that usually appears black on white will be shown white on black.
  • Text-to-speech output: Adjusts the Speech rate at which text is spoken. Manage the notifications read out when Driving mode feature is enabled and set the preferred TTS engine.
  • Enhance web accessibility: Sets the behavior of application accessibility features. You can Allow applications to install scripts from Google™ that make their web content more accessible. The default option is Do not allow.


  • Sound balance: Adjust the sound balance by dragging the slider to either side.
  • Mono audio: Provides mono audio for listening with only one earphone.
  • Turn off all sounds: Turns off all sounds, including the receiver voice.


You can set the "touch and hold delay" your device should use by touching Tap and hold delay. When you touch and hold the screen, this option controls how long your device will delay before opening contextual menus or actions.

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