Accessibility Gestures for Android 4.1 and Later (Jelly Bean)

When TalkBack and Explore by Touch are turned on, you can use simple gestures to navigate your Nexus 7:

  • Drag one finger. Explore your screen and hear audible feedback for what is being touched.
  • Double-tap anywhere on the screen. Opens or activates the item that you last touched.
  • Swipe up or down using two fingers. Scroll within lists.
  • Swipe left or right using two fingers. Change pages and screens.
  • Swipe right (or down) using one finger. Move to the next item.
  • Swipe left (or up) using one finger. Move to the previous item.
  • Swipe down then up using a single motion. Transition to the next reading level when reading blocks of text, then swipe right to read forward or left to go back.
  • Swipe up then down using a single motion. Transition to the previous reading level when reading blocks of text, then swipe right to read forward or left to go back.
  • Swipe right then left using a single motion. Move to the next page.
  • Swipe left then right using a single motion. Move to the previous page.

While you’re exploring with one finger, you can use another finger to double-tap to open an app, widget, and so on.

IMPORTANT: The way these gestures are interpreted is specific to TalkBack. Other accessibility services may use the same gestures for different actions.

Shortcut gestures in TalkBack:

Note: These gestures work only when Explore by Touch is turned on and are only for Nexus 7 devices running Android 4.2.

TalkBack has shortcut gestures to help you get to your Home screen, go back, and more. To try these shortcuts, swipe using a single motion:

  • Up then right: Open continuous reading menu
  • Up then left: Home button
  • Down then right: Open global context menu
  • Down then left: Back button
  • Right then down: Open notifications
  • Left then up: Recent apps button

You can modify your shortcut gestures and the corresponding actions in TalkBack by going to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings > Manage shortcut gestures.

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