Devices such as televisions, telephones, tablets… are intended (among other things) to make our lives easier and this includes all people, including those who have some kind of limitation. To do this, they offer accessibility improvements and one of them, TalkBack, can be used on TVs with Android TV and Google TV.
The process to use TalkBack on your Android TV or Google TV is very simple. A tool already loaded in the operating system from the factory that greatly facilitates the use of the television. That is why now we are going to see how you can activate it and also deactivate it if you no longer need it.
Reading information on the screen
First of all, and for those who don’t know, TalkBack is Google’s screen reader that is included in Android devices and allows you to control them without even looking at them. A function present in the accessibility options that we will now see how to activate.
TalkBack is a tool for all types of TalkBack visually impaired users. What it does is that at the point where we stop the TV cursor, it reads the text that appears. This function reads what you put on the screen at any time and thus facilitates use by people who cannot see the screen well.
To activate TalkBack, it is necessary to go to the “Settings” of the television by means of the toothed wheel that appears in the upper right part of the screen.
We will see different options and we will have to look at one called “Device Preferences” or have a similar name.
Among all the sections, we must look for the “Accessibility” option. There we will see different menus: subtitles, high contrast text… more or less options depending on whether or not we have activated the “Developer options”.
We need to look for the “TalkBack” option, which is disabled by default. Just check the box to enable it. The system will ask you to confirm the choice and that’s it.
Once activated and in the “Settings” section, you can modify some specific parameters such as the language, voice, speed and tone to be used for the text-to-speech function.
With text-to-speech settings, we choose the desired text-to-speech engine, language, speed, and pitch. With verbosity we can change aspects such as the echo of the keyboard, make suggestions for use, talk with the screen off… In general, there are quite a few options to adapt the screen reader to each need.