For people with disabilities, all smartphone manufacturers have provided accessibility when using the phone. This applies to people with visual, hearing, coordination and speech impairments. For many retirees, these options will be useful, especially the large print and voice actions (sounds when you press the keyboard).
In this article, we will analyze all the special features of your smartphone for people with visual impairments (or just for people with poor eyesight).
To configure, go to Settings> Accessibility> Vision on your phone.
Voice Assistant will voice all your actions on the phone: where you are now (which menu), launching applications and much more. After launching the Assistant, complete the tutorial: “Exploring the Screen”. Select any icon – the application will announce its name. Swipe from one application to the next to explore all the applications on your phone screen.
Hear what objects you can interact with on each screen. Tap any item to select it and listen to its description. Tap twice to perform the corresponding action. Scroll down the page with 2 fingers.
To set up the voice assistant, go to: Settings> Accessibility> Vision> Voice Assistant> Settings.
So the following settings are available:
- Loudness of speech. Whether the volume of the sound of your actions will match the volume of the sound on the phone. You can select muted audio.
- Convert text to speech. Those. scoring of the written text. You can use Samsung's built-in TTS or Google speech synthesizer. Select the rate of speech and tone of sound, rate of speech and language (the default is the language of your region, i.e. Russian).
- Separately about the TTS Samsung settings. Google's speech synthesizer has similar settings, but the choice of voice languages is much more. Select a language (by default, the system language is selected, but English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and French are available).
Settings for TTS Samsung (Text-to-Speech) module: update version, select language and sound options. Usually a female voice is available in different languages.
You can install additional voice data for text-to-speech (Settings> Install Voice Data). A large number of languages are available with male and female voice acting. For example, download Russian language in male voice acting.
- Change in tone. Setting for voice confirmation of different tones when entering text from the keyboard.
- Read keyboard input aloud: always or only when using the onscreen keyboard.
- Talk when the screen is off. Read received notifications aloud when the screen is off.
- Off sound from the proximity sensor. Turn off the sound of the voice response (sound of all your actions) when covering the proximity sensor.
- Shake for continuous reading. Set the intensity of shaking with the phone, after which continuous reading will turn on: light shaking, medium and strong.
- Read caller ID. Those. the system will announce who is calling you (according to your entry in the phone book).
- Phonetic alphabet. Using the appropriate word of the phonetic alphabet instead of a letter when reading letters aloud – as when reading the Primer. For example, K – cow, O – monkey, T – fog (CAT).
- Usage tips. Sounding advice on what to do, how to press if a person is at a loss. Tips are announced after a short delay when there is no activity on the phone screen when it is on.
- Sound feedback. Voiceover of all your actions: which icon you clicked on, where you went, which application you opened.
- Focus on audio perception of speech. The volume of other sounds / music on your phone is automatically reduced so that you can hear clearly what the voice assistant is saying.
- Audio feedback volume. It is better to set the volume of the assistant lower than the volume of the sounds on the phone.
- Large cursor. Enables / disables the large cursor on the screen. This option is useful when a person cannot hit the desired element on the screen.
- Cursor color. Choose the most contrasting color so you can see well. The options are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and gray.
- Response of Back and Recent buttons. Sound the buttons on the phone that you press. To activate the button, you need to press it twice.
- Quick access menu. Select the features and settings displayed by swiping left or right with three fingers on the screen. Select the available functions for this menu.
- Custom label management. When Voice Assistant is on, create a custom label by tapping an icon, button or tab, then double-tap and hold with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen. All labels will be stored in this menu. It is convenient to create several labels so that a person does not rummage through the settings and does not seek the desired option, but uses the label – and you're done!
- Information bar notifications. Select which indicators on the status bar will be sounded by triple touching with 2 fingers: time, date, battery power, signal strength, bluetooth.
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Voice Assistant Help
To study help, the voice assistant must be turned on.
In this section, you can practice performing Voice Assistant gestures on the test pad. Or take training courses on how to use the voice assistant:
- Exploring the screen.
- Transition between pages.
- Navigating the screen.
- Change in detail.
- Editing text.
- Other functions: play audio file and stop.
And in the “Advanced” section, there are keyboard shortcuts:
- Alt + Enter – touch and hold the selected item.
- Alt + Left or Up – Move to the previous page or scroll up.
- Alt + Right or Down – go to the next page or scroll down.
- Alt + Shift + Left – Move to the previous item.
- Alt + Shift + Right – Move to the next item.
- Alt + Shift + Up – go to the first element or move the cursor to the beginning of the text in the selection or text editing mode.
- Alt + Shift + Down – Move to the last item or move the cursor to the end of the text in edit or selection mode.
- Alt + Shift + Delete – Return, cancel or close the pop-up window.
- Alt + Shift + Enter – perform the action associated with the selected item.
- Alt + Shift + H – go to the main screen.
- Alt + Shift + N – Open quick options and notification panels.
- Alt + Shift + R – Lists recent apps.
- Alt + Shift + S – Read status bar information aloud.
- Alt + Shift + Z – enable / disable voice confirmation.
- Alt + Ctrl + forward slash – Search for an item on the screen.
- Alt + Ctrl + Space – Pause / resume audio or video.
- Ctrl + Left – Read aloud the contents of the screen, starting from the top.
- Ctrl + Right – Read the contents of the screen aloud, starting with the next item.
- Ctrl + Up or Down – Change the setting of the currently selected Quick Menu option.
- Shift + Ctrl + Left or Right – Scroll through quick menu options.
- Shift + Ctrl + Up or Down – Select the next or previous grain setting.
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For security and privacy reasons, remember to turn off your phone / tablet screen. To enable / disable this function, double-press the power key on the side of the device.
This setting is active when Voice Assistant is enabled.
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Fast keyboard input
Use a Samsung keyboard or regular keyboard by touching the keys once. This setting is active when Voice Assistant is enabled.
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Turn on the sound of characters on your phone when entering a password. Make sure no one hears your password before entering your password, or connect your headphones to your phone.
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This option allows you to quickly enable accessibility on your phone by doing the following:
- Press and hold the power button until you hear a sound or feel vibration.
- Press with two fingers and hold until you hear a confirmation sound.
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NFC Voice Tag
Record voice recordings with NFC tags to record information about surrounding objects. Your phone must have an NFC chip for this feature to work.
After recording, click the “done” button. To add data to the NFC voice tag, hold the phone over it with the back cover.
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Screen and font scale
Larger font – activates the mode to select the largest font on the screen.
Set for yourself the screen scaling, font size and style. For clarity, there are application icons that will change when you change the font and screen scale settings.
There are 5 preset font styles available, but you can download more for free. Choose from over 100 different fonts. Select the “Download Fonts” option at the bottom of the screen.
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- High contrast fonts. Adjust the color and fonts on the screen for maximum contrast with the background.
- Contrast keyboard. Change the keyboard size and color to increase the contrast between the keys and the background.
- Display the shape of the buttons. show buttons with a darkened background to highlight them.
- Magnifier window. Enlarge the screen image with a magnifying glass. You choose the zoom percentage and the magnifying glass size.
- Magnification gestures. Use gestures to enlarge the content on the screen. You can zoom in / out the image by three times tapping anywhere on the screen. When the screen is zoomed in, you can navigate by pressing and sliding your finger across the display. And by pressing 2 fingers to the screen, you can move around the enlarged area.
- Large mouse pointer.
- Shades of gray.
- Negative – the effect of a negative, as in a photo, but only on the phone screen.
- Color adjustment. Adjust the color for yourself if you find it difficult to read the text on the phone screen. You will be prompted for a few swatches to find out which colors are troublesome. Then you can manually adjust the color. Start with the default display settings, then sort the colors under normal indoor lighting.
Results. In this article, we have detailed all the settings in the phone for people with disabilities – with visual impairments. Other specials for opportunities for people with coordination and hearing impairments, read the following articles.