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Accessibility Settings on Galaxy Note8

Your Note8 is always there when you need it for settings that help with noise detection for people with hearing difficulties, and voice assistant for those with limited sight. Your phone can be set to light up when it detects a startling noise, for instance. Or, it can read messages aloud for assistance. There are also settings and customizations available for those who struggle with dexterity.

The available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.


Think of your phone as a dependable assistant here to help you navigate. Read on to learn what accessibility settings the Note8 offers for people with limited sight.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Vision.

    The following settings are available:

    • Voice Assistant: Assists blind and low-vision users by giving spoken feedback on what is displayed on the screen as well as what is selected.

      Voice Assistant can collect all of the text you enter, including personal data and credit card numbers.

    • Voice Assistant Help: View help topics on using Voice Assistant.

    • Dark Screen: Keeps the screen turned off at all times for privacy.

    • Rapid Key Input: Instead of touching twice to make selections, you can release your finger.

    • Speak passwords: Read characters aloud while you enter your password. Connect your headphones or go to a private location so that your password isn't heard by other people.

    • Accessibility Shortcut: You can quickly enable your Accessibility settings in 2 steps. 

      To use the Accessibility shortcut, press and hold Power. Continue holding and press and hold two fingers on the screen. Continue holding until you hear an audio cue stating that your accessibility settings have been enabled.

    • Voice Label: Write voice recordings to NFC tags to provide information about nearby objects.

    • Screen Zoom and Font: Adjust how much the screen is zoomed in and you can set the size and style of the font.

    • High Contrast Fonts: Adjusts the size and outline of the fonts to increase the contrast.

    • High Contrast Keyboard: Adjusts the size and color of the keyboard to increase the contrast between the keys and the background.

    • Show Button Shapes: Creates a shape around different buttons to make them easier to see.

    • Magnifier Window: Displays a window that magnifies what is on the screen. The Magnifier window can be moved.

    • Magnification Gestures: With this function enabled, you can magnify the current screen by triple tapping.

    • Large mouse/touchpad pointer: Enable a large pointer for a connected mouse or touchpad.

    • Grayscale: Enable grayscale mode instead of using colors.

    • Negative Colors: Changes the color display from black text on a white background to white text on a black background.

    • Color Adjustment: If you are color blind or have difficulty reading the display due to the screen colors, you can adjust the colors on the screen to make it easier to read.


Your phone gives visual cues and improves sound quality to help with hearing difficulties. Check out all of the hearing assistance features:

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Hearing.

    The following settings are available:

    • Sound Detectors: You will receive alerts when your device detects a crying baby or a doorbell.

    • Flash Notification: The camera flash or screen will blink whenever you receive a notification.

    • Mute All Sounds: Turns off all notifications and sounds.

    • Hearing Aids: Improve the sound quality for use with hearing aids.

    • Samsung Subtitles (CC): Samsung subtitles will be used with multimedia files when they are available.

    • Google Subtitles (CC): Google subtitle will be used with multimedia files when they are available.

    • Left and Right Sound Balance: You can set the left and right balance when you are using a stereo device.

    • Mono Audio: Switches the audio form stereo to mono for when you use one earphone.

Dexterity and Interaction

Imagine being able to turn on the screen without using the buttons. With Easy Screen Turn On, you can! Read on to learn how to activate this setting and more.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Dexterity and interaction.

    The following settings are available:

    • Universal Switch: Lets you control your phone using customizable switches.

    • Assistant Menu: Enables a menu that lets users with reduced dexterity control the phone.

    • Easy Screen Turn On: Lets you turn on the screen by placing your palm over the screen instead of pressing any buttons.

    • Press and hold delay: Select a time interval for this action.

    • Click after pointer stops: Automatically click on an item after the pointer stops over it.

    • Interaction Control: Disables auto screen rotation and functions enabled by pressing buttons. It also only shows notifications from apps in the Notification panel and Status bar.

Additional Accessibility Settings

Check out even more helpful settings you can use.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Accessibility.

    The following settings are available:

    • Text-to-Speech: Select your desired Text-to-Speech engine. This lets you speak and the phone will transcribe what you say into text.

    • Direction Lock: Set the screen to unlock when you swipe in a series of six to eight directions which you can customize.

    • Direct Access: Opens your accessibility settings by pressing Volume Up and Power simultaneously.

    • Notification Reminder: If there are any unread notifications, the phone will beep at set intervals.

    • Answering and Ending Calls: Set the phone to automatically answer calls if a headset or Bluetooth device is connected and end calls by pressing Power.

    • Single Tap Mode: Instead of swiping, you can respond to alarms, alerts, and incoming calls with a single tap.

    • Manage Accessibility: Import, export, or share your accessibility settings with another device.

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