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.

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

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Accessibility
  3. Enable TalkBack checkboxes

This app is for Android 8.0 or later. If your device runs an older version of Android, you should use TalkBack (legacy) instead.

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 6.1.1 (50200001) - Added on 2018-04-16

    This version requires Android ? 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
    • com.google.android.marvin.talkback.permission.LABELING
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • use fingerprint hardware
      Allows the app to use fingerprint hardware for authentication
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to view the configuration of the Bluetooth on the phone, and to make and accept connections with paired devices.

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