How to Turn Off Talkback Permanently on Android

The TalkBack feature on the android smartphone is excellent. However, the same feature can cause some issues also. Most android users are complaining about the issue of automatically turning on the TalkBack feature on their smartphone. If the Talkback option is turned on, the phone starts speaking to you for all your actions, and the click-based activities will not work as before. In this artcile, we are looking at How to Turn off talkback on Android.

Android Talkback Feature

Google introduced the talkback feature on the Android device to make Android smartphones useful for all users. The service was developed to help blind and visually impaired users to use the smartphone without any external help. When the talkback feature is activated, the device will start talking to the user. For each activity done on the smartphone, the device will speak the same aloud. So the user can understand what action was performed. It helps those visually impaired users.

How the Talkback Option Gets Turn on Automatically

As mentioned before, the Talkback feature on the android smartphone was useful for blind and visually impaired users. But this feature gets activated accidentally in most cases. If that gets activated, the normal touch won’t work as before. The phone will speak all the time when any touch happens.

All the android smartphones were provided with a shortcut option to activate the Talkback feature. For example, the talkback feature will activate if we press and hold both volume up and volume down simultaneously for 3 seconds. However, since google integrated the shortcut with the volume button, most users might hit that accidentally. So, here we will check how to disable or turn off the Talkback feature on Android devices.

How to Turn off the Talkback option on Android Smartphone

We have two options to turn off the talkback feature on the mobile if the service gets activated accidentally. Most people get frustrated if the option gets enabled and don’t know how to disable it. So we will check the two options to disable the talkback service.

How to Disable Talkback without settings – Using the Shortcut Option

Press the same shortcut option again to turn off the talkback without setting the shortcut. Pressing and holding the Volume Up and Down button simultaneously for three seconds while the talkback feature is enabled will turn off the talkback feature on Android.

So, we can say that Pressing and holding the volume UP and Down button together for 3 seconds will activate the talkback feature. Again, pressing and holding the same Volume Up and Down button for 3 seconds will turn off the talkback feature.

Each time the talkback option is activated and deactivated, the phone will show a small notification on the screen. Likewise, you will hear a voice saying the Talkback feature is activated and deactivated once turned off.

Disable Talkback Feature from the Settings

To turn talkback off on the android device from the setting, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open the setting app on the mobile.

Step 2: From the settings, scroll down to the bottom, and you will find an option called Additional Settings. Click on that.

Step 3: You can find another option called Accessibility from the Additional settings. Click on that.

Step 4: Inside the option, you can find another option called Talkback. Click on Talkback.

Step 5: Finally, you can see TalkBack enable and disable options. Turn off the Talkback option.

Now, the android phone will work as usual, and you can use the same as before. However, the shortcut method is the best and easiest way to turn off the TalkBack option on Android Phones.

How to Disable Talkback Without Settings

To disable the talkback without the settings option, you need to press and hold the volume up and down buttons together for 3 seconds. Then, a small notification will be visible on the screen saying that the talkback is turned off.

How to Turn Talkback Off Completly

If the Talkback feature is activated, we can deactivate and turn it off using the shortcut and settings option. But we cannot remove the talkback option entirely from the device as it is an inbuilt feature.

How to Turn Off Talkback Shortcut

Talkback shortcut is added to the volume up and down button. So if we press and hold the volume up and down button for 3 seconds, the talkback option will be activated and deactivated. However, we cannot remove the shortcut option from the volume up and down button.

Why the Talkback Feature Can’t Be Disabled on Samsung Phones?

On Samsung devices, the Talkback feature is named Voice Assistance, and Samsung placed it under the accessibility setting. So, to disable the talkback without the volume pressing, follow the below steps on the Samsung devices.

Step 1: While the talkback is activated, swipe down the screen using two fingers so that you can find the notifications panel.

Step 2: From the notification panel, tap on the setting icon (now it will be selected). Now double-tap it again to open the settings on your Samsung device.

Step 3: Now, scroll down using two fingers from the settings.

Step 4: You can find the Accessibility option at the bottom. Tap it once and it will get selected. Then double-tap it to open.

Step 5: Within the Accessibility settings, tap on the Screen Reader and double-tap it again to open.

Step 6: Next, within the Screen Reader page, you will see the Voice Assistant option enabled.

Step 7: Finally, you need to disable it by tapping and double-tapping.

Step 8: A confirmation window will appear. Then tap on OK, then double-tap it again so that the Voice Assistance or the Talkback feature on the Samsung device will be disabled.

Why Talkback is named Voice Assistance on Samsung Phones?

Samsung devices are customized with the One UI over the stock Android versions. Hence Samsung modified the talkback feature also with a customized naming. Since the talkback feature is a voice assistance feature, Samsung renamed it with a more appropriate naming like Voice Assistance, which is more understandable for end-users, than the default Talkback naming.

10 thoughts on “How to Turn Off Talkback Permanently on Android”

  1. So I’ve run into the situation where, from the phones setup start screen, I enable talkback by either double tap or home button 3 times. But can’t turn it on or off by volume keys, nor can I open global context menu or local context menu with any of the mentioned gestures. What is going on

  2. I get not a single notification. I do get a sound almost like an unavailable option being selected. And I know I can do it just fine on all my other handsets including my other j7 perx if you want me to you can personally email me, and I can send you a video of it


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