Talkback Gestures

The following list of talkback gestures help anyone working in the area of digital accessibility as a treference document. This document also helps developers to check for screen reader conflicts while implementing custom gestures. These talkback gestures should work on all Android based browsers. See the Maxability recommended screen reader Vs browser combination for accessibility.

Talkback is the built-in screen reader available in Android devices. It should be available in
Apps > Settings > Accessibility > Talkback
If it is not found in for a particular device, it can still be downloaded from the play store. In some devices such as Samsung, you may find Voice Assist. Voice Assist is a Samsung based screen reader. You can still download Talkback and switch between Voice Assist and Talkback.

Basic Talkback Gestures

Note: Talkback gestures are all single finger gestures. IF you use two finger gestures, they directly interact with the app.

Gesture Action
Single tap Selects or reads the item in focus
Double tap Opens or selects the focused item
single tap Pause talkback from reading
Flick right Move to next item
Flik left Move to previous item
Swipe down then left Go back
Swipe up then down Go to first item on the screen
Swipe down then up Go to last item on the screen
Swipe right then left Go to next screen (scrolling in long pages)
Swipe left then right Go to previous screen (scrolling in long pages)

Few more Talkback gestures

Gesture Action
Swipe up then right Local Context Menu (LCM)
Swipe down then right Global Context Menu (GCM)
Activate LCM – Swipe up then right,
Select item (heading) – swipe right,
Move to next items (headings) ; swipe down.
Quickly move to next items such as headings
Activate LCM – Swipe up then right,
Select item (heading) – swipe right,
Move to previous items (headings) ; swipe Up.
Quickly move to previous item such as a heading