Use the screen reader and voice assistant options on your Galaxy Phone

Last Update date : Oct 02. 2020
Use the screen reader and voice assistant options on your Galaxy Phone

If you are visually impaired and require extra aid when navigating your phone, activate the screen reader/voice assistant feature. It will describe everything you do on your phone including what you select while browsing the web, sending text messages, or taking photos. If you use a certain app frequently, it will let you know what to do based on your past actions and usage patterns.

Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries.

Use screen reader and voice assistant

Set up voice assistant for yourself or a friend to access the spoken functions. There are a variety of volume and speech settings that can be tweaked for your own personalized experience. Navigate to Settings and then swipe to and tap Accessibility. Tap Screen reader, and then tap Voice Assistant. Review the information, and then tap Allow to activate. Tap Tutorial for an interactive explanation of the features.

Use screen reader and voice assistant

Tap Settings for a list of all available features:

  • Text-to-speech: Choose your preferred engine for text, which will allow for more language options. You can also adjust the speech rate and pitch with the sliders.

  • Verbosity: Tap to enable extra wording options such as Punctuation and Capital letters, or to ask Voice Assistant to read details, like the number of items in a list.

  • Shake for continuous reading: Shake your phone to prompt it to begin reading. You can choose from Very light to Very hard, or you can turn it Off.

  • Speak passwords: Each character will be read aloud when entering a password. Use headphones to ensure your passwords are not overheard.

  • Read caller ID aloud: Hear the name of a contact during an incoming call.

  • Vibration feedback: Tap this option to make your phone vibrate during speech.

  • Sound feedback: You can choose to match the spoken volume, or change it to 25%, 50%, or 75% to suit your preferences.

  • Focus on speech audio: Ask Voice Assistant to completely concentrate on reading text.

  • Focus indicator: Set up the color and border thickness for highlighting the text that is being read.

  • Single-tap activation: Allows you to select the currently focused item.

  • Single-tap navigation bar: Select this if you’d like to use single taps for the Navigation bar.

  • Quick menu: Choose which functions will show when you swipe with three fingers to the left or right, so you can manually adjust when Voice Assistant is in use. Functions include Speech rate, Light sensing, and Sound feedback.

  • Manage custom labels: Create and save your own labels to help you navigate through your phone. These can be created by tapping once on an icon or tab, and then double tapping and holding on the screen.

  • Enhanced focus: Adjust the automatic focus when switching screens. This setting is only available on One UI 2.

  • Keyboard shortcuts: Tap this to view available shortcuts. You can choose Default or Classic key mapping.

  • Light sensing: Choose Sound or Vibrate when being alerted to light. You can also choose Voice. This setting is only available on One UI 2.

  • Status bar information: When triple tapping with two fingers, information from the status bar will be read aloud. This includes the Time, Date, Battery Power, Signal Strength, and Bluetooth.

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