Galaxy Mobile Accessibility

Available via your Galaxy phone's settings

Galaxy Mobile Accessibility

Voice Assistant and
Voice Assistant Tutorial

Voice Assistant can act as your eyes when you're using your phone. Its features give you maximal control of your phone even if you can't see it. When Voice Assistant is on, your phone provides spoken feedback to help blind and low-vision users. For example, it describes what you touch, select and activate. You can also edit text or change various settings such as volume or speech rates through familiar swipe and tap gestures.

Navigating your phone

When you interact with an item on the screen, a rectangular focus surrounds it. You can use tap and swipe gestures with your fingers to control the focus. When you move it around the screen, Voice Assistant will tell you what it is.

• To hear what's directly under your finger tap and drag your finger around the screen.

• To activate an item double tap with 1 finger.

• To move the focus box to another item on the screen swipe left or right with 1 finger.

• To move to the next or previous page swipe left or right with 2 fingers.

• To scroll up or down the list swipe up or down with 2 fingers.

• To scroll up or down through screen content swipe side to side with 1 finger (left then right to scroll up, right then left to scroll down).

• To move the focus box to the first or last item on the screen with 1 finger, swipe up then down to go to the first item, or down then up to go to the last item.

Navigating your phone

Doing things quickly

Voice Assistant provides shortcuts for frequently used functions. You can change your settings or stop the voice feedback with simple gestures.


• To change voice assistant settings swipe left or right with three fingers to select the setting you wish to change (listed below), then swipe up or down with 1 finger to adjust.


- Speech rate: Increase or decrease speech rate

- Punctuation: Include or omit punctuation in voice feedback

- Dark screen: Turn screen display on or off

- Thick borders: Turn on or off a thick border around the focus

- Focus indicator color: Select the color of the border around the focus

- Notification: Open or close the notification panel

- Sound feedback: Turn sound feedback on or off

- Vibration feedback: Turn vibration feedback on or off

- Quick typing: Use the Samsung keyboard and the keypad by tapping keys once

- Focus on speech audio: Reduce the volume of other audio while Voice Assistant reads aloud


• To adjust the granularity of what Voice Assistant reads swipe up or down with 3 fingers to choose from the different granularities listed below, then swipe up or down with 1 finger to implement the selected granularity.


- Character granularity: Read each character

- Word granularity: Read each word

- Line granularity: Read 1 line at a time

- Paragraph granularity: Read 1 paragraph at a time

Doing things quickly

Editing text easily

With Voice Assistant, you can just swipe your fingers to copy and paste.

• To enable or disable selection mode double tap and hold with 2 fingers

•  To select characters swipe upwards or downwards with 1 finger while selection mode is enabled

• To cut selected characters swipe left with 2 fingers

• To paste characters swipe right with 2 fingers

• To select all characters swipe downwards with 2 fingers

• To copy selected characters swipe upwards with 2 fingers

• To move the cursor in an input text field press the volume up/down key

• To move the input cursor to the first or last position swipe upwards then downwards or downwards then upwards with 1 finger

A phrase is selected and the text editing pop-up menu is shown with cut, copy, paste and select all options.

Tailoring Voice Assistant to suit your requirements

Voice Assistant gives you various ways to access information.


• To have voice assistant read aloud the information displayed in the status bar triple tap with 2 fingers. You also can select the specific information you want hear: time, date, battery power, signal strength, Bluetooth status.


• To have Voice Assistant read aloud the first item to the last item on the screen tap the screen with 3 fingers.


• To hear items on the screen in order after the currently selected item double tap with 3 fingers.


• To hear and copy the last thing voice assistant said triple tap with 3 fingers.


• To go back, cancel or close a pop-up tap with 4 fingers or swipe up then down with 3 fingers.


• To go to the Home screen double tap with 4 fingers or swipe down then up with 3 fingers.


• To list recent apps triple tap with 4 fingers.


• To mute voice feedback double tap with 2 fingers.

Tailoring Voice Assistant to suit your requirements

Getting started with 
voice assistant
 


• To get a full step-by-step tutorial go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen Reader > Tutorial.


• To practice the gestures you've learned go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen Reader > Tutorial > 1. Using this tutorial


Getting started with 
voice assistant
 

Keyboard shortcuts
 


The following keyboard shortcuts are available:


• Go to next item

Alt + right arrow


• Go to previous item

Alt + left arrow


• Go to first item

Alt + Ctrl + left arrow


• Go to last item

Alt + Ctrl + right arrow


• Go to next window

Alt + Ctrl + down arrow


• Go to previous window

Alt + Ctrl + up arrow


• Tap

Alt + Enter


• Touch and hold

Alt + Shift + Enter


• Go back 1 screen

Alt + Delete


• Go to Home screen

Alt + Ctrl + H


• Go to Recent apps

Alt + Ctrl + R


• Open notification panel

Alt + Ctrl + N


• Stop or start voice feedback

Alt + space bar


• Perform special actions

Alt + Shift + space bar


• Scroll through Quick menu

Shift + Ctrl + left or right arrow


• Change Quick menu option setting

Ctrl + up or down arrow


• Select next/previous granularity

Shift + Ctrl + up or down arrow


• Read from top

Alt + Ctrl + Enter


• Read from next item

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Enter


• Show custom actions

Alt + Ctrl + space bar


• Search screen for items

Alt + Ctrl + Slash


• Read status bar info aloud

Alt + Shift + S


Keyboard shortcuts
 

Keyboard shortcuts
 


Web navigation


• Go to next button

Alt + B


• Go to previous button

Alt + Shift + B


• Go to next control

Alt + C


• Go to previous control

Alt + Shift + C


• Go to next ARIA landmark

Alt + D


• Go to previous ARIA landmark

Alt + Shift + D


• Go to next edit box

Alt + E


• Go to previous edit box

Alt + Shift + E


• Go to next item

Alt + F


• Go to previous item

Alt + Shift + F


• Go to next image

Alt + G


• Go to previous image

Alt + Shift + G


• Go to next header

Alt + H


• Go to previous header

Alt + Shift + H


• Go to next header by header level

Alt + [number]


• Go to previous header by header level

Alt + Shift + [number]


• Go to next list item

Alt + I


• Go to previous list item

Alt + Shift + I


• Go to next link

Alt + L


• Go to previous link

Alt + Shift + L


• Go to next list

Alt + O


• Go to previous list

Alt + Shift + O


• Go to next table

Alt + T


• Go to previous table

Alt + Shift + T


• Go to next combo box

Alt + Z


• Go to previous combo box

Alt + Shift + Z


• Go to next checkbox

Alt + X


• Go to previous checkbox

Alt + Shift + X


Keyboard shortcuts
 

* Device images simulated for illustrative purposes.