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General Disabling Talkback [SOLVED]

Perhaps some of you have enabled Talkback (Settings->Accessibility->Talkback {on}) and are wondering how to turn it off. Here's how:

1) Selections are made by long-tap then double-tap. Remember that, as you'll need it multiple times!
2) Select the Home screen (Remember the select technique?)
3) Select the app waffle-iron. (Remember?)
4) Use two (2) fingers to swipe through to the Settings icon, then select it. (Yeah, that's the ticket ... I remember now!)
5) Two-finger swipe to select Accessibility.
6) Select Talkback.
7) Select {on|off} toggle.
8) Select confirmation "OK".

You're free! Free at last!

I spent about a half-hour on the phone with Google Support this morning, and it was as much of a mystery to them as it was to me, although I had spent a previous half-hour discerning the long-tap double-tap technique. Young Joe at Google helped tremendously by directing my attention to the app waffle (since nether of us could pull-down notifications), then the two-fingered swipe to get to the Settings icon.

Damn, that was a painful morning! Hopefully things will be easier now for anyone else who falls into Talkback-disable hell.



#1 hstroph, Mar 1, 2013
Yes, I ran into that this morning experimenting with the spoken caller id. I just kept tapping what I needed until I finally got to where I could turn it off. What a PITA!
#2 odhinn, Mar 1, 2013
It's got to be a bug right? There's no reason that accessibility should have such a negative impact on the accessibility of the features of the phone.
#3 MartinS, Mar 4, 2013
It certainly seems that it's a problem ... the Google Support guy named "Joe" was also flummoxed by it, but working together for about 1/2 hour we finally got it solved as described.

Maybe a person with partial or no vision would approach it in a different, perhaps more intuitive way? Certainly Google has many people working on the interface, at least some of whom are presumably sight-impaired.
#4 hstroph, Mar 5, 2013
Thanks for this...I don't think I'll ever turn it on again.
#5 lion7718, May 16, 2013
thanx for your advise, finally i disable talkback application by following your post
#6 nishanthreddy7, May 20, 2013
This was so helpful.. thank you so much. I activated it by mistake and i thought i was doomed but i came across this post. I deactivated it within seconds - Thank you so much! :) God bless you!
#7 sameera12, Jun 23, 2013
OMG- thank you!
I just installed Active Notifications and tripped over the Samsung bug activating talkback. I had NO idea what had happened nor how to fix it.
#8 dmensch, Aug 21, 2013
You saved me from bigggg problem. Last might night i activated talkback and i felt i was trapped!! :mad:
Now after seeing ur post, i followed the same n turned off this app.

thanks a lot again!!
#9 PrakashL, Nov 7, 2013
You're welcome, everybody. That illustrates the value of these forums when people share their experience with others. Of course the PHP-enabled database doesn't hurt either. :smokingsomb:
#10 hstroph, Nov 7, 2013
Many many thanks for this fix. I have an HP 7" slate and was just trying out all the features when the talkback feature I foolishly selected wouldn't shut up and allow me to switch it off!
Can't thank you enough.
#11 AButeman, Nov 9, 2014
OMG! Almost lost my mind dealing with this! So pissed by the time I got to your post here, I almost forgot to toggle the green switch at the end. Thank you thank you thank you!
#12 Anthony Palmer, Dec 28, 2014
#13 sbabu1, Jan 13, 2015
OMG !!! Thank you!!! That was the most annoying thing EVER!!! Your instructions are clear and worked the first time.
#14 SharonBailey5, Feb 5, 2015
Thank you so much for this post. I was driving today & accidentally enabled TalkBack (long, annoying $%^^&&* story). Got home & found your post via Google -- finally solved the problem.

Thanks again.
#15 butcherbird190, Apr 19, 2015
after rebooting my Samsung Galaxy Star (GT-S5280) TalkBack is on, but befor reboot is of. How can delete this unused application?
#16 skyp25, May 3, 2015
Brillant hstroph! Thank you very much, & thanks to
#17 HPT Works, May 14, 2015
thank you very much. I much suffered this problem. Again thanks for this forum.
#18 ilangovan, May 31, 2015
Hi everyone. I did this maybe 5-6 times but that annoying voice still keeps talking. how many times do we have to turn it off? it just keeps turning on! Please help! my phone is S2.

EDIT: Alright, I turned it off, exit and when I re-opened it was back on so I double tapped again when it was off, it asked if I want to turn it on so I double tapped "cancel" and voila!

EDIT2: I just realized that No Led is turned off when I do it this way. So, it's still not solved for me.
#19 ninelivess, Jun 18, 2015 Last edited: Jun 18, 2015
Turn NoLED back on, or switch to Light Flow.
#20 lion7718, Jun 18, 2015
I did turn NoLed back on which lead the talk back on again. I'll check the light flow. Thanks!
#21 ninelivess, Jun 18, 2015
Well I just got new s6 and when I switched on it was in the very very very annoying TalkBack mode.
After over half an hour I found it with help above but slight change in menus ( maybe updated android version).
So here it is:
Settings->Accessibility->Vision->Galaxy TalkBack set to Off.

Holy moly that killed me.

I was ready to throw the phone away.
#22 wabear, Jun 25, 2015
At first I wanna give u lots of Thanks. :)
I was talking with my friend about an icon showing in my Task bar named "Talk Back", and suddenly activated.

After sometimes I discover I am hanging. Google it, got your post, disable Talk-back, and feel relief.. like... wanted to go for 'loo' but door of toilet locked. :))
#23 Shakhawat Hossain, Aug 24, 2015
Hi. I've just come across this thread regarding the disabling of Talkback and it's unwillingness to play ball. When i encountered the same problem earlier i, like
most people tried to 'back-track' and turn the feature off. So i went Settings - Accessibility - Dexterity and Interaction - then at the top of the screen, slide the green button left to the 'off' position. I thought that was that, but when i returned to the Home Screen, there was still an active 'hand' icon telling me Talkback was still active. Damn. So, here's the fix . . try Settings - Accessibility - Dexterity and Interaction. On that page you'll see 'Assistant menu'. Open that and turn it ON ( then you you will be told that 'Talkback will be disabled if Assistant menu is on'. So click 'O.k.' and 'bingo' everything returns to normal . . . Hope this works.
#24 SmickleJ, Sep 6, 2015
Thanks for the advice it was making me nuts.
#25 fsavvy, Nov 4, 2015
I just spent three hours trying to turn the &*) thing off. I have version 6.1 and guess what? Talkback IS NOT listed under settings - Accessibility. Not knowing how it got turned on the first place I started experimenting with all kinds of different keystrokes--and voila! I found the answer.

IF you hold down 2 fingers on the screen while pressing the Power button, it toggles Talkback! The first time you do it it'll turn the thing on and you probably won't know why. Do it again and it turns it off.

Hope this helps someone.
#36 Benchwarmer, Jun 16, 2016