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This is how you can activate Android screen readers

How to activate Android screen readers

Android screen readers allow users to use sound to receive stimuli from their mobile phone. Thanks to these systems, a piece of text can be selected for Speech Synthesis to read aloud. They can also be used to describe content. All this is an essential help for blind people, who find in these tools a way to use their phone more easily.

To activate Android screen readers, you must go to the Settings of your mobile and enter the menu Accessibility. Once there, you will see a category of Screen readers, in which they will be available Listen selection and Talkback. You must enter each of them to activate them manually.

  • Listen selection: In this case we are talking about the most basic tool. You can select texts to listen to what is written using speech synthesis at the touch of a button.
  • Talkback: This tool is more complex, as an evolution of the previous one. It is the one that is specifically dedicated to blind people.

Once activated, you can access the settings of each tool with the button that appears in their respective screens at the top right. In the case of Talkback is where most of the options are. From there you can activate the options so that each key that is pressed sounds, read navigation suggestions aloud, listen to where the elements are on the screen, say the passwords aloud… We are talking about a very complete and complex tool. Given its nature and purpose, it is logical that it should be so. Talkback is dedicated to helping blind people, and there are many options they need to do so.

Finally, the menu of Voice synthesis found below both screen readers. Within this menu you can choose the voice engine to be used – the default is Google’s -, as well as your main language, the speed of your voice and the tone. You can test and play multiple samples to fully adapt the speech synthesis.