Google TalkBack

Google TalkBack

TalkBack provides spoken feedback for eyes-free computing

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: Varies with device
  • Updated: June 21, 2017
  • Requires Android: Varies with device
  • Installs: 1,000,000,000 - 5,000,000,000



TalkBack is an accessibility service that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices.

TalkBack adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device. TalkBack comes pre-installed on most Android devices.

For help with TalkBack, visit

To turn on TalkBack:
1. Go to Settings
2. Select Accessibility

Android 4.1 and above:
3. Touch TalkBack and switch it on

Android 4.0:
3. Touch TalkBack and switch it on
4. Go back to the previous screen, then turn on Explore by Touch

Android 3.2 and earlier:
3. Select the Accessibility checkbox
4. Select the TalkBack checkbox

Permissions Notice
Phone: TalkBack observes the phone state so it can adapt announcements to your call status.
Accessibility Service: Because this app is an accessibility service, it can observe your actions, retrieve window content, and observe text that you type.


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  • Google TalkBack
    ramin karimnia Published date: January 7, 2018

    عالی Full Review

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    reddyvari viswanath reddy Published date: December 4, 2017

    it is very good app for the visually impaired persons please develop some more settings awakening updates thanks to Google team Full Review

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    Santhosh Dhavane Published date: January 9, 2018

    It is good and accessible app Full Review

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    Anil Shelar Published date: December 1, 2017

    Good Full Review

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    badhshah mallick Published date: January 4, 2018

    Its the Great screen reader app Full Review

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    Kk Nair Published date: August 3, 2017

    An irritating app. Always notifying to download one or other languages to download even after downloading the same. It is too much disturbing me. I cannot use my phone as this useless notifications are coming on the top of the phone when I switch on and unable to read other messages. Can't you fix the bug/problems permanently. Full Review

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    Bethanie Naylor Published date: July 3, 2017

    I've never used this app myself, but I'd like to let everyone know that this app was not made to be entertaining, it's not a video game or a way to pass the time, it was made to be USEFUL, to be used by those who are visually impaired. So to all of the reviewers who have called this app "boring", I say: Calm down! It's a ACCESSIBILITY APP! Full Review

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    Bill Larrabee Published date: December 31, 2017

    Perfectly capable app that does what it is intended to do. Here's a hint for the game-playing children out there - if you used the word "boring" in your review, you need to continue your education, OK kiddies? This isn't intended to push your small, purile little brain's entertainment button. Until you've grown up, please refrain from leaving reviews in places where only adults belong. Thanks very much. Now go out for recess. Full Review

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    Alesia Wise Published date: January 12, 2018

    I finally figured out how to turn this off by turning off automatic updates. I can keep that annoying box out of my way. It hinders you from reading and seeing your complete texts and other functions especially sending stuff. It should be an optional feature. It's a pain! Full Review

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    T. A. Aleki Published date: October 9, 2017

    I don"t know how others found this helpful, it was frustrating trying to use. Only responds my telling it to power off/on. Wasted time tapping my tablet to death trying to get out of it or to swtch apps. Wish could uninstall. Full Review

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    ThatGameGuy 103 Published date: January 6, 2018

    It is completely useless on my device, worse yet, I can't remove it and once it is turned on, it is persistent at staying on by taking over the device! I feel like this device came pre downloaded with a virus made by google themselves! Full Review

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    Published date: August 25, 2017

    I can't keep it turned off. I know some people need it but God damn it most of us don't. It should be a SIMPLE SETTING TO TURN IT OFF until it is turned back on if ever. VOICE IS TOO LOUD. I hate this annoying time waster. Full Review

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    Helen Green Published date: June 19, 2017

    Well, it does it's job! It looses a point for being hard to turn off, it was a test of my mental capacity trying to turn it off! I felt like I was on The Crystal Maze! It took me 20 odd minutes trying to turn it off as it renders gestures useless, or if it doesn't I did something wrong. However it's great for helping me when I've not got my reading glasses on. Full Review

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    DEBBIE WILSON Published date: December 13, 2017

    Why does it keep randomly starting up and working when I have turned it off over and over and over ....that was last year. Still turns on when android assistant is turned on so now cant use assist and i love that app. Sure wish this would get fixed. ..... Full Review

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    Andrew G Published date: June 21, 2017

    My phone came with this already activated. I could find no way of turning it off and was about to send it back. I had one more try and managed to get rid of it. This is an utter nightmare and I now avoid it like the plague. 90% of people will never use this intrusive piece of junk so why not make it optional rather than impose it upon the rest of us? Full Review

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    Shonda Austin Published date: September 29, 2017

    My "ok google" command should not be linked to this. This app stops multiple times a day. Now it's a system update and I have no choice. It is super glitchy and turn off my side buttons randomly. Because it's a system update I have to go through all the settings and correct them almost every day just to keep my phone working. Terrible!!! I love that this is an option for those that need it but it should also be an option not to have it. For those that do need it, it needs to work! Full Review

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    A Google User Published date: November 20, 2017

    Select to Speak improvements :" 1) The FAB should be made transparent. 2) ‎ There should be a setting to reduce the output volume. 3) ‎ It is not able to read the text blocks in the Facebook app but able to read the attached link previews. 4) ‎ It has trouble reading text in the body of emails, it just hangs. 5) ‎ It should be able to read texts in a text field, paragraph by paragraph, rather than the whole thing. Full Review

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    Alpa Ghadiali Published date: November 30, 2017

    The initiative of this app is very good , because it helps the people who are struggling with eye problems or blindness . But it requires a lot of improvement , because it sucks up a lot many times. And it is very very difficult to use. I hope the developers get to know about my review and further develop this app so that it may become more useful to the needy ones. All the best developers. Full Review

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    Michael Gardner Published date: November 23, 2017

    I'm very hurt and drained because of this malicious app. I could not set my new Moto Z Turbo because of this app. I spent months on my my new device to not even enjoy it. I lose time at work and told I was crazy, on drugs and so on. So I used the Talk back lessons to go thru every word and character. Finally, Today on Thanksgiving:( I seen and heard that "TalkBack" was really spelled, "TalkVack"...V for Victor. I'm deeply depressed and this has reined my relationship with my fiance. Mgardner270 Full Review

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    Published date: October 30, 2017

    This app isn't a a freaking GAME people! "This app is an accessibility service to help the blind and vision impaired..." All you dumb asses calling it boring isn't helpful. TalkBack has plenty of options to help the people that need it, though it can be a little difficult to navigate sometimes. The tutorial is kind of a pain and like someone else said it can be hard to get out of it and turn it off. Keep up the good work! Full Review

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    Terrence Yunits Published date: September 2, 2017

    I'm using it to read web novels by using the continuous playback functionality (done by shaking the device). I'd still like something more button pressy to start reading a page online, and also would love if this didn't get interrupted by pressing the volume button or turning off the screen. Full Review

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    Caroline Clayton Published date: October 18, 2017

    It still has a few bugs to work out. My friend wanted to test the latest version, he said it was way better then when it first came out. The only problem i had was located the setting. I would love to have a quick app logo on the screen, i use the app for reading, if you accidentally move wrong or tap the screen you have to start the paragraph over, Full Review

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    Andy Pandy Published date: December 3, 2017

    When installed and running on my DM98 Android watch phone (not this tablet) , this disabled all scrolling and swiping!, a nightmare to recover from. Fortunately Google was installed and I was able to verbally deactivate it. Full Review

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    Len Joe Published date: September 11, 2017

    Constant speaking of "current...." this and"Alternatives are available"..... is very annoying. Speaks of every f***ing thing that is done that is done. Also you now have to double tap on everything. Full Review

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    Tal Scudi Published date: October 22, 2017

    I just want a shortcut to turn "select to speak" on and off without having to turn all of TalkBack on. I don't need the speech bubble icon riding around my screen getting in the way 24/7, but I don't want to have to hunt through my settings every fleeping time I need it, either. The "accessibility shortcut" only turns all of TalkBack on. I don't need to heat my every movement on my phone narrated, I just need large chunks of text read out for me, which is not every minute of every day warranting an unhideable button on my screen every second of every minute. This is great for people who are completely blind, but for people who can see mostly okay but need help with some things, you've left us in the dust. Full Review

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    C OMPO Published date: August 15, 2017

    My wife activated this garbage on her phone by mistake and I can tell you that was one serious mistake. It took me 1.5 hours to work it out and deactivate it, as it's a pre-installed app on her phone all I could do was uninstall updates and disable it and I would recommend you do the same if you have it on your device. Full Review

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    Bonita D Published date: November 30, 2017

    WHY can't I uninstall this STUPID app that I don't want or need?!?!?! Sure it may be great for someone that NEEDS it..... But it's just wasting freaking space on my phone. >.< Screw you mandatory apps!! Full Review

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    Ahmed Yasser Published date: January 8, 2018

    This app is very great especially "select to speak", but it would be better if you made the button of "select to speak" disappear and made it appear in the row that appears when someone highlights a word or a paragraph beside the "copy" button so as to make space in the screen and to avoid disturbance caused by the button?? I think that this will improve the app greatly!! I hope you listen to me! Full Review

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    Saurabh Sonawane Published date: November 2, 2017

    Such a rubbish app. Can't contact . They promise me to get 500% cash back but not giving just only ₹1 Full Review

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    AJ Great Published date: August 11, 2017

    I hate that this is always in my way on my phone. It does not work the way it's described I'm uninstalling I hope it doesn't ruin my other phone apps Full Review

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    Steven Raynham Published date: September 27, 2017

    Rendered the phone unusable. Installed for my sight impaired father, took 15 minutes to get rid of it. Presumably an octacore running at 2.5gb and 6gb ram might work. Full Review

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    Lakshmi Priya Published date: September 3, 2017

    The Google talkback is very comfortable and helpful for low vision and blind people. It has created a great platform for the visually challenged to use touch screen mobile despite of getting stuck up with the outdated keypad mobiles. In such context Google is offered a great privilege to head such a wonderful app that is really useful and makes specially challenged people feel extra special. And to all those who have mentioned that talkback as irritating should have been outdated with technology for not knowing the value of it. It is an inbuilt app that is optional for users to activate or not. Real wise people will feel the importance of it. A very big hats off to google for creating such a facility indeed improving and considering the development of all group of people in town. Full Review

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    Published date: November 1, 2017

    It wants access to absolutely everything on your phone, everything that you type. Being Google I do not trust that this information won't be stored elsewhere and invade my privacy. Why not simply allow me to share the content that I want this app to read? Seems the most obvious way people would want to use this app, but then I guess Google wouldn't be granted access all private information on the phone so maybe that's why they have decided not to provide that simple feature. Full Review

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    gary shaw Published date: July 14, 2017

    It keeps popping up every few mins and interrupts whatever I am doing. It WONT let me turn it off ether Full Review

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    yatin panchal Published date: December 29, 2017

    Request you to please provide an update, while using smartphone with TalkBack it is crashing, Steel you need to work for accessibility because invisible buttons are not announcing by the talk back yet. It's my humble request to work hardly to fix the bugs. Full Review

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    Jeremy B Published date: August 30, 2017

    Where do it turn it on at confused with goggles, and assistant. Keyboard on Google chrome is show is the app which produces the button which activates talk listening feature. Maybe gestures urban dictionary and musical song instrument snipping tool to track down simple thoughts. Kids got iPods in schools kindle fire and graphite wiki kindle. Any way fire ahoy you there? Another dropped call again. GPS is off by invisible structure parking garage every time every device hell help is on the way.. I'm in the lake in the GPS 🚗. Full Review

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    Liz A Published date: December 8, 2017

    I don't need this app and would like it a lot more stars if I could get rid of it. This app was turned on when I was given my Nook and the screen would only respond to doube taps, no scolling or swiping. I was locked out because I couldn't log into Nook. Called tech support and had to do a hard reset which solved the problem. Full Review

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    jimmy c Published date: June 19, 2017

    when I turned this feature on it rendered my device completely useless, I could not scroll pages, and luckily when I double tapped settings from my home screen it was already showing "accessibility" if not for that I couldn't have scrolled to turn "google talkback" off. my only other option would have been to see if I could command my phone to turn it off thru "ok Google" was hoping this app would read me articles but it ended up being a nightmare. Full Review

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    Patti Enriquez Published date: November 17, 2017

    This app is most the frustrating thing to get it to shut-up. It appears to turn itself back on.🤔 It's possibly a wonderful app for someone visually impaired. Full Review

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    Robin Lineberger Published date: November 16, 2017

    I find this app very easy to use and very useful when you just don't want to type. It responds easily and have not had any problems with it since I have installed it. Thanks Google for another great app. I think that anything that helps people especially the blind is just awesome. Full Review