Disabling Talkback

Google is always innovative and draws out different plans of actions for a variety of consumers including visually-impaired users with new and innovative book known as TallBack. This is an accessible tool which provides a great tool for visually-impaired and blind people to use android phone with equal ease and satisfaction. TalkBack is a spoken feedback system which gives detailed help navigation for users to access different areas of android home screen. With this enabled users can now easily use all application and sophistication of android Mobile operating system with equal comfort and compatibility. Talkback is already installed by default with Android Mobile operating system whereas similar other application from Google known as BrailleBack is a Braille emulator is now available in Google Play store which is available through all legal android devices.

These two applications are created by Google engineers in order to enable blind and low-vision accessibility on android applications in an optimised environment. Now, everyone should now have decisive access into android device environment and the fruitfulness android can now be enjoyed by all. Google Talkback is from Google Inc. It is a spoken, audible vibration feedback and vision-impaired persons can easily interact with android devices. It is pre-installed on android devices and automatically updated to its latest version when accessibility option of android updated from time to time.

How to activate Talkback:

These are steps to activate Talkback. This application is not enabled by default; you have to activate it by following these steps.

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Accessibility

For Android 3.2 and earlier

  • Enable Accessibility checkbox
  • Enable TalkBack checkbook

For Android 4.0

  • Select TalkBack and enable the switch
  • Select back and enable explore-by-touch

Or Android 4.1 and above

  • Select TalkBack and enable switch.

All these settings are then shown that Google is supporting this feature from Android 3.2 and later. It is very much helpful for blind persons as it now they can browse the internet and all the contents of the internet can be read explicitly from there. There are many different keyboard shortcuts, which is still in experimental conditions and there are many custom actions which are still available on the newer devices of the operating systems which are older than Android Kitkat 4.4.

When it is enabled, even if the phone is on vibration mode, it will continue to speak of your actions and you will not able to pull it down from the top position:

But there is one caveat as and when Talkback is enabled there is no easier to utilize touch screen. TouchWiz or Google Now launcher cannot (link) be used with equal ease of tocuhscreen. When TalkBack is enabled it will make touch screen feel like older resistive screen and you will find many difficulties to enable it. For normal users, it is advisable not to enable it as it can give you difficult time to disable it. It is best to uninstall this application if you are a normal user. When it is enabled, even if the phone is on vibration mode, it will continue to speak of your actions and you will not able to pull it down from the top position. It will give you maximum difficult time to explore into the touch screen and you will find difficulty in activating different buttons.

You will be unable to edit the entire screen and unable to type, move and slide entire screen. You can use soft-pad status bar notifications and there is no integrated hard pard key to disable TalkBack. In this segment, the screen is launched by long pressing the selector of item. Normally, in android ecosystem of the screen is launched by touching application icons. When TalkBack is activated you have something to do it slowly otherwise sometimes screen hangs unexpectedly and with multiple choice and without any such responses on the screen might hang for sometime. It is very hard to scroll upwards and downwards in reading chunk of sentences residing there. Two days back with greater curiosity while browsing different android settings in its settings menu I reached at TalBack and from there I enable the switch and from hence most most of difficulties men began to rise.

I reached towards homes on screen and I turned it on for the first time and then I feel to go nowhere at that instance. From there, I see soft upper touch screen is not working and only the background sound is telling entirely of different icons at the upper side of android home screen. TalkBack tells me about the time. Battery remaining and read out some unread messages there. Before enabling it, android default media player is running and I am finding very difficult to turn it off from drop down soft pad screen. Actually at that moment I was at a loss to find anything and it becomes very difficult to understand what is happening there. By clicking on turn of hard ware button, I find another set of volume option and from there I turn off volume but sadly that is not the case to shut off media player and the default sound of TalkBack as it continues to speak the level of switching positions time and again.

The more I tap on icon the more audible sound of that icon comes from and in desperation I tapped it for three or more times and Talkback is spelling it and then for some time phone hangs and then back to similar normal position where there is no such working of touch screen on android galaxy phone.

I cannot turn off media player and cannot TalkBack sounds. When, I tried to reach to android settings, from top the soft pad at the top of android home is not working while TalkBack is on. For some time I feel devastated as I cannot reach to any of settings from there as well as I feel at loss as I could not operate it as it feels my age old Nokia C6 phone which gives me the same level of disastrous moments while working with it. Then, I decided to reach to android settings from its applications parameters and decided to tap on application repository icons. But the problem raises more while tapping it on application repository icon at the home screen. Google TalkBack is time and again spelling the name of the icon from there. The more I tap on icon the more audible sound of that icon comes from and in desperation I tapped it for three or more times and Talkback is spelling it and then for some time phone hangs and then back to similar normal position where there is no such working of touch screen on android galaxy phone.

My problem compounded as my internet sim is inside that phone and for this I decided to reset the phone but it is almost difficult to reach the setting and that is why I am in a bit of stressful moments at that time. Slowly, I chose to understand the gestures and touch sensibility. As from accessibility setting it is almost clear that it is workable but simply I have to find it out the way it works and there must be some way out as it is meant for blind persons so I decided to touch the screen slowly and wait for some moments. At that moment, it is almost impossible for me to connect to internet as the top soft pad is not working there. Now, it is virtually important for me to understand the behavioral pattern of the way TalkBack is working.

Afterwards, I felt left out after seeing phone is behaving such approach, and after almost one hour of trying I am able to understand how to solve this problem.

Slowly, I am able to understand the selections are made by long tap that is touching any application with finger for quite some time and then double tap and at the end of double tap or the second tap, you will have to touch the screen few seconds longer and suddenly you will see that application is now selected. Finally, after many attempts to select such and within those unsuccessful moments feeling a great phone is being non workable and now slowly, I was thinking for sometime to take it to repair shop in order to make it corrected but with application selected one silver lining at the end of road is not visible for me. Then, after numerous unsuccessful attempts and subsequently able to select the application waffle-iron and enter inside the list of all applications from there.

Now, similarly select settings icon and from there use two fingers to select settings icon and try to use two fingers when you enter into the settings icon. Try to ignore what the TalkBack speaker is speaking, concentrate on moving the android setting and of course this will move slowly but for sure, it will be reached and after reaching towards accessibility options, from there select in similar manner TalkBack and then switch off the switch to be free audible options. I accidentally and out of sufficient curiosity have enabled this feature after working with computers for more than six hours. Afterwards, I felt left out after seeing phone is behaving such approach, and after almost one hour of trying I am able to understand how to solve this problem. After that I reached for Application setting and then uninstall this application.

Google is right. This application is great for partial or no vision person but a person with normal sight must not enable it otherwise he would be facing similar problems in the same set of problems that I had faced all the time. When I activated this I felt I am in a trap, and after completely knowing it and making some permutations and combinations am able to understand and make it disable and then uninstall it completely for a peace of mind. It is always advisable when you have android phone and have spare time do not mess with all these available settings as if you switched on TalkBack and happens to be person with normal vision then for sure you will find a hell lot of difficulties in performances and functioning and I hope this article for sure help you immensely in dealing with fighting out all these odds before completely revert back to normal functioning of phone.

The most annoying aspect of Google TalkBack for normal users that your phone is talking even when it is muted.

Luckily, I have not utilized for unlock password mode and that saves my time otherwise one need to press each password field for some time and then you will see the keyboard. Now, long press the alphabets to select and then long press and double tap these alphabets to unlock the phone. It is a considerably tiring process and one needs to take utmost care and should not be worrying about constant repetition of unsuccessful attempts while performing such functionalities.

The most annoying aspect of Google TalkBack for normal users that your phone is talking even when it is muted. If you have accidentally enabled this feature it is always better not to enable it and if you have enabled it at any point of time, then for sure never ever get irritated from such sounds and while working out to reach to android setting be careful and also equally understandable to put cottons inside your ears so that you will not be feeling any sort of bareness while dealing with it.

Have you ever accidentally reached to such point on your android phone and how do you deactivate it and reach normal android home screen, do share here with your comments to let us know more about this intriguing aspect of android.

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About Mohan Manohar Mekap

Mohan Manohar is a blogger from India who founded Ittech back in 2007. He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand.

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