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TalkBack

Accessibility improvements

TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily.

This application adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device.

It comes pre-installed on many devices so you won't be able to install this if that is the case. Developer-built apks can be downloaded from the website if the version that was pre-installed needs updating.

It's only activated if you explicitly turn on Accessibility:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Accessibility
  3. (Android 3.2 and earlier) Enable Accessibility checkbox
  4. Enable TalkBack checkboxes
  5. (Android 4.0 and later) Enable explore-by-touch

See the FAQ or the Eyes-Free blog for more on Android accessibility.

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 3.2.1 (83) suggested Added on 2013-04-24

    This version requires Android 2.2 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • read phone status and identity
      Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • com.google.android.marvin.feedback.permission.TALKBACK

    Download APK 1.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 3.1.1_r68 (68) - Added on 2013-05-09

    This version requires Android 1.6 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • read phone status and identity
      Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.

    Download APK 1.4 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log