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TalkBack

Use TalkBack if you need to navigate HTC U11 life by spoken feedback. When you touch the screen, HTC U11 life vibrates and gives you an audible response so you know what you are touching.
Note: Not all languages are supported.

Turning TalkBack on

  1. From the Home screen, tap > Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Tap TalkBack, and then tap the On/Off switch.
  3. Read the TalkBack disclaimer and then tap OK.

A short tutorial explaining how to use TalkBack will begin playing after you turn on TalkBack.

Note: TalkBack works best if you turn off automatic screen rotation.

Turning Explore by touch on or off

Explore by touch allows HTC U11 life to respond to shortcut gestures and screen touches with audible feedback. Explore by touch is enabled when you turn on TalkBack.
  1. From the Home screen, tap > Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Tap TalkBack, and then tap > Settings.
  3. Under Touch exploration, tap the On/Off switch next to Explore by touch to turn the feature on or off.

When Explore by touch is disabled, HTC U11 life will no longer respond to shortcut gestures or speak items when you touch the screen.

Using TalkBack gestures

When TalkBack and Explore by touch are turned on, the regular touch gestures are replaced by the TalkBack gestures.
Note: Media gestures such as 3-finger swiping may not be available when TalkBack gestures are enabled.
Do one of the following:
To Do this
Open an item
  1. Drag your finger on the screen to find and select the item.
  2. Double-tap anywhere on the screen to open the item.
Move an item
  1. Drag your finger on the screen to find the item.
  2. Double-tap anywhere on the screen, but don't lift your finger on the second tap.
  3. Drag the item to a new spot and then lift your finger.
Scroll through a screen Use two fingers to swipe up, down, left or right.
Unlock the lock screen Use two fingers to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Open the Notifications panel Use two fingers to swipe down from the top of the screen.

Assigning TalkBack shortcuts

TalkBack has customizable gestures that can be used to open the Notifications panel, view recent apps, access TalkBack controls, and more.
Important: The steps below are described using the regular gestures. Use the corresponding TalkBack gestures if you already have TalkBack turned on.
  1. From the Home screen, tap > Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Tap TalkBack, and then tap > Settings > Manage gestures.
  3. Tap any of the shortcut gestures, and then select an action.

Using TalkBack context menus

TalkBack has a global context menu for controlling continuous reading and TalkBack controls and a local context menu for controlling the selected text or item on the screen. These menus can be accessed using TalkBack shortcut gestures.
  1. Turn TalkBack on.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To open the global context menu, use one finger to swipe down and right in one continuous movement.
    • To open the local context menu, use one finger to swipe up and right in one continuous movement.
    Note: If you already changed the TalkBack shortcut gestures, check your TalkBack settings for the appropriate gesture.
  3. Double-tap an item on the menu to select.

Changing the TalkBack reading speed and pitch

Important: The steps below are described using the regular gestures. Use the corresponding TalkBack gestures if you already have TalkBack turned on.
  1. From the Home screen, tap > Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Tap Text-to-speech output.
  3. Drag the Speech rate and Pitch sliders to the right to increase or left to decrease.
  4. Tap Listen to an example to hear the speech rate and pitch you've set.
    Note: Tap Reset speech rate or Reset speech pitch to revert the settings to their default values.

TalkBack language settings

  1. From the Home screen, tap > Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Tap Text-to-speech output.
  3. Tap next to Google Text-to-speech Engine, and then do any of the following:
    To Do this
    Select a different language Tap Language.
    Install a voice Tap Install voice data, and then tap the language. Tap next to the voice data you want to install. When installation is completed, press twice and tap Language.
    Note: Not all languages are supported.
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