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Accessibility features on your Samsung smart watch

Screen reader accessibility feature on Galaxy Watch Active 2

Having any kind of impairment won't stop you from enjoying a smart watch. It 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.

Vision

If the screen is too small, don't worry, the watch has Vision accessibility features that can read the text aloud. You can also zoom in and out on the screen.

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to  and tap Settings. Swipe to and tap Accessibility, and then tap either Vision or Visibility enhancement. The following options are available:

Zoom option off in Visibility enhancements settings
  • Zoom: Triple tap the screen to zoom in and out. After zooming in, pinch to adjust the zoom. To pan out, use the bezel or drag two fingers.

  • Grayscale: Change the display to use grayscale.

  • Negative colors: Change the display to use negative colors.

  • Vibration watch: Gives you the current time. Tap the watch face with two fingers to check the time. Single tap for the hour; double tap for the minute.

  • Voice Assistant: Provides audio descriptions for each screen on the watch. Tap any item to hear it described. Double tap it to perform the described function.

    Note: This feature is not availabe on the Galaxy Watch Active. On the Galaxy Watch Active 2, it is located in Screen reader settings.

Screen reader

Note: Screen reader is only available for the Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch Active, and Galaxy Watch.

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to and tap Settings. Tap Accessibility, and then tap Screen reader. Tap Voice Assistant, and then tap the switch to turn it on.

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.

On the Screen reader's settings page, you can also view a tutorial of how to use Voice Assistant and also adjust its settings.

Voice Assistant option off under Screen reader

Hearing

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

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to and tap Settings. Swipe to and tap Accessibility, and then tap Hearing or Hearing enhancements. You can Mute all sounds or switch audio from stereo to mono when you're using your Bluetooth headphones.

Mute all sounds option off in Hearing enhancements settings

Note: This feature is not available on the Galaxy Watch Active.

Text-to-speech

Whether you have some trouble reading the screen or are just super busy, you can have your watch read things aloud to you!

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to and tap Settings. Swipe to and tap General, and then tap Text-to-speech. Customize the available settings for Text-to-speech. You can access Language, Speech rate, Read notifications aloud, or Check for updates.

English selected as Language in Text-to-speech settings

Direct access

If you use the Accessibility options a lot, you can access them even faster using Direct access. This option gives you quick access to a range of Accessibility settings and functions when you triple tap the screen with two fingers.

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to Settings. Swipe to and tap Accessibility, and then tap Advanced settings. Swipe to the Direct access section, and then tap Two finger triple tap. Tap the switch, and then turn on your desired features to acess with a triple tap.

Two finger triple tap option off under Direct access

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