Accessibility features on your Samsung smart watch

Accessibility feature on Galaxy Watch5

Your Samsung smart watch has built-in Accessibility features, including Vision and Hearing settings. Once you adjust these settings, you can get the most out of your watch.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch. All accessibility settings can also be changed in the Galaxy Wearable app.

Vision

If the screen is too small, you can use the Vision accessibility features. You can zoom in and out and also change the colors, so the screen will be easier on your eyes.

  1. On the watch, navigate to and tap Settings.

  2. Swipe to and tap Accessibility, and then tap Visibility enhancements.

  3. You can also open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, tap Watch settings, tap Accessibility, and then tap Visibility enhancements.

List of settings for Visibility enhancements on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

On the Galaxy Watch5 series:

  • High contrast fonts: Change all fonts to white, including menus. 

    Note: This option is only available when using the watch. It does not appear in the Galaxy Wearable app.

  • Color correction: Turn this on to help you see certain colors. You can select from options like Grayscale to help you see the screen.

  • Color inversion: Invert the colors of the screen.

  • Add color filter: Turn this on to change the color and opacity of the screen, and then select your desired filter.

  • Remove animations: Prevent some screen effects if your eyes are sensitive to animation.

  • Reduce transparency and blur: Reduce visual effects on dialogs and menus.

  • Magnification: Triple tap the screen to zoom in and out. After zooming in, pinch to adjust the zoom. To pan out, turn the bezel or drag two fingers.

  • Bold font: Bold all of the font on the watch, including menus.

    Note: This option is only available when using the watch. It does not appear in the Galaxy Wearable app.

  • Font size: Adjust the font size.

Previous models:

  • Magnification: Triple tap the screen to zoom in and out. After zooming in, pinch to adjust the zoom. To pan out, turn the bezel or drag two fingers.

  • Font size: Select from Small, Medium, or Large for the font size.

    Note: This option is only available when using the watch. It does not appear in the Galaxy Wearable app.

  • Grayscale: Change the display to use grayscale.

  • Color inversion: Invert the colors of the screen.

  • Add color filter: Turn this on to change the color and opacity of the screen.

Screen reader

The screen reader option on the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series is known as TalkBack. However, the option is called Screen reader on previous models.

  1. On the watch, navigate to and tap Settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  2. Tap TalkBack, and then tap the switch to turn it on.

    Talkback switched off on a Samsung Galaxy Watch
  3. Your watch will now provide audio descriptions for each screen on the watch. Tap any item to hear it described. Double tap it to perform the described function.

  4. Tap Settings to customize options such as Audio and Verbosity, or to view a tutorial of how to use TalkBack.

  5. You can also turn on TalkBack from the Galaxy Wearable app. Open the app, tap Watch settings, and then tap Accessibility. Tap the switch next to TalkBack.

Hearing

When you're listening to music or receiving a call, you can adjust the audio settings to match your personalized hearing needs.

  1. On the watch, navigate to Settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  2. Tap Hearing enhancements.

  3. From here, you can mute all sounds to prevent the watch from making any sound at all. Or, switch audio from stereo to mono when you're using Bluetooth headphones. On the Galaxy Watch5 series, you can also adjust the Left/right sound balance.

  4. You can also enable these options from the Galaxy Wearable app. Open the app, tap Watch settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  5. Tap Hearing enhancements, and then tap the switch next to your desired option.

List of settings for Hearing enhancements on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Advanced settings

If you use the Accessibility options a lot, you can access them even faster using the triple tap option. This gives you quick access to certain Accessibility functions, such as TalkBack and Grayscale, when you triple tap the screen with two fingers.

  1. On the watch, navigate to Settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  2. Tap Advanced settings. Under Accessibility shortcuts, tap Two finger triple tap.

  3. Then, tap your desired shortcut options.

  4. You can also enable these shortcuts from the Galaxy Wearable app. Open the app,  tap Watch settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  5. Tap Advanced settings, and then tap Two finger triple tap.

List of options for Two finger triple tap on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Galaxy Watch5 series

  1. Navigate to Settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  2. Swipe to and tap Advanced settings. Tap Accessibility shortcuts, and then select your desired option(s) for triple tap with 2 fingers.

  3. You can also enable these shortcuts from the Galaxy Wearable app. Open the app, tap Watch settings, and then tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Advanced settings, then tap Accessibility shortcuts, and then select your desired option(s).

List of options under Advanced settings on a Samsung smart watch

Note: You can also get the current time as vibrations on your watch. Tap Advanced settings, tap Vibration watch, and then tap the switch to turn it on.

Interaction and dexterity on the Galaxy Watch5 series

In addition to the other Accessibility settings mentioned in the previous sections, you can also use Interaction and dexterity features with your Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro.

  1. On your watch, navigate to and tap Settings.

  2. Tap Accessibility, and then tap Interaction and dexterity.

  3. You can also access this from the Galaxy Wearable app. Open the app, then tap Watch settings, and then tap Accessibility. Tap Interaction and dexterity. The following options will be available:

List of options under Interaction and dexterity on a Samsung smart watch
  • Touch and hold delay: Set how long it takes for a continuous touch to be recognized as a touch and hold on the screen.

  • Tap duration: Set how long an interaction needs to be held to be recognized as a tap on the screen.

    Note: This option is only available on the watch. It does not appear in the Galaxy Wearable app.

  • Ignore repeated touches: Only the first tap on the screen will be recognized. Multiple screen touches will be ignored for the desired time that you set.

    Note: This option is only available on the watch. It does not appear in the Galaxy Wearable app.

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