Accessibility (KitKat 4.4.4)

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While still supported for service, the phone(s) described in this article can no longer be activated on My Choice or other legacy plans. Please see Phone Compatibility on 5.0 Plans for information on currently supported phones.



This document is intended for Moto E (1st Gen.) users

Android and Google offer several features and tools to allow users to customize a device based on physical requirements. 

Please Note: If your device is currently running Lollipop 5.1, you can find the instructions for that version here: Accessibility (Lollipop)

Hearing Aid Compatibility
Accessibility Settings


Other Options 

Hearing Aid Compatibility 

Note: All Republic phones are TTY/TTD compatible. 

  • Moto E (1st Gen.)
    Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rating M4/T4 

Accessibility Settings 

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
HomeScreenKitKat__1_.jpg 1. Tap Apps.
SettingsButton__1_.jpg 2. Tap Settings.
Accessibility_Button.jpg 3. Under System, tap Accessibility.


TalkBack is a Google screen reader service that provides spoken feedback to describe actions and to tell you about alerts and notifications. Use touch exploration and gestures to navigate your device without visual input.

TalkBack uses the following permissions:

  • Observe your actions: Receive notifications when you're interacting with an app.
  • Retrieve window content: Inspect the content of a window you're interacting with.
  • Turn on Explore by Touch: Touched items will be spoken aloud and the screen can be explored using gestures.
  • Turn on enhanced web accessibility: Scripts may be installed to make app content more accessible.
  • Observe text you type: Includes personal data such as credit card numbers and passwords. 

Enable TalkBack 

TalkBack can be enabled when your phone is first turned on or after initial setup. 

Enable TalkBack during initial phone setup
Press and hold two fingers on the setup screen. When your device recognizes this gesture, TalkBack is enabled and a tutorial will begin. 


Enable TalkBack after initial phone setup

(Note: This option requires sighted assistance.) 

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
HomeScreenKitKat__1_.jpg 1. Tap Apps.
SettingsButton__1_.jpg 2. Tap Settings.
Accessibility_Button.jpg 3. Under System, tap Accessibility.
TalkBack_Button.jpg 4. On the Accessibility settings screen, tap TalkBack.
TalkBack_Toggle.jpg 5. Move the slider at the top right of the screen from OFF to ON.
TalkBack_Features.jpg 6. A confirmation popup will appear, listing the permissions TalkBack will need to provide spoken feedback. Tap OK to accept.
Tutorial.jpg 7. Once you enable TalkBack, spoken feedback starts immediately. A tutorial will begin.

Disable TalkBack

The easiest way to disable TalkBack is to first pause TalkBack, then turn the feature off through the Accessibility settings.

To turn off TalkBack, follow the tutorial below:

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
Swipe.jpg 1. From any screen (including the lock screen), touch the top of the screen and drag halfway down the screen, then to the right, in a single motion (draw a letter L).
Screenshot_2016-03-10-13-53-00.jpg 2. Tap Pause Feedback once to highlight the option within the Global Context Menu.  Then tap Pause Feedback twice to bring up the next menu. 
Screenshot_2016-03-10-13-53-08.jpg 3. In the Suspend TalkBack popup that appears, tap the OK button once to select the option.  Then tap OK twice.  This will suspend talkback on the device. 
Turning_Off_TalkBack_1.jpg 4. On the Accessibility settings screen, tap TalkBack.
TalkBack_Toggle_Off.jpg 5. Move the slider at the top right of the screen from ON to OFF.
Stop_TalkBack.jpg 6. On the Stop TalkBack popup that appears, tap OK to confirm.

TalkBack Gestures

TalkBack gestures enable you to navigate quickly on your device.

Keep in mind:

  • Unless otherwise specified, gestures use just one finger.
  • Most of the gestures are two-part swipes at a right-angle, like the shape of the letter L. For example, the default gesture for opening notifications is to swipe right then down at a sharp 90-degree angle.
  • For all gestures, use a single motion, a steady speed, and even finger pressure on the screen.



Move to first item on screen Up then down
Move to last item on screen Down then up
Open local context menu Up then right
Open local context menu Down then right
Home button Up then left
Back button Down then left
Recent apps Left then up
Notifications Right then down
Scroll to next screen Two-finger swipe left or up
Scroll to previous screen Two-finger swipe right or down

You can keep the default gestures listed or assign new actions to the gestures. To reassign actions to gestures:

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
HomeScreenKitKat__1_.jpg 1. Tap Apps.
SettingsButton__1_.jpg 2. Tap Settings.
Accessibility_Button.jpg 3. Under System, tap Accessibility.
Turning_Off_TalkBack_1__1_.jpg 4.

In Accessibility settings, select TalkBack.

TalkBack_Setting_Button.jpg 5. On the TalkBack screen, select Settings (at the bottom of the screen).
Gestures.jpg 6. On the TalkBack settings screen, under Touch Exploration, select Manage gestures.
Manage_Gestures.jpg 7. Select a gesture to modify the gesture's action.

TalkBack Settings 



 These settings control spoken feedback. 

  • Speech volume
    Set the TalkBack speech volume to be the same or less than the volume of other sound on your device. Can be set to Match, 75%, 50%, or 25% of media volume.

  • Use pitch changes
    Change the voice pitch for keyboard feedback. When you check this option, spoken keyboard feedback is set to a lower-pitched voice.

  • Keyboard echo
    Hear typed keys. Can be set to Always speak typed keys, Only for on-screen keyboard, or Never speak typed keys.

  • Speak whens screen is off
    When checked, notifications are spoken when the screen is off. (By default, no speech occurs when the screen is off.)

  • Use proximity sensor
    Select to temporarily silence TalkBack. When enabled, wave your finger on the proximity sensor to silence TalkBack. Touch the screen again to restart TalkBack.

  • Shake to start continuous reading (experimental)
    Shaking the device enables continuous reading. Can be set to Disabled, Very light, Light, Medium, Hard, or Very hard.

  • Speak caller ID
    Can be set to ON or OFF

Other feedback 

  • Vibration feedback
    Get vibration feedback for your actions, such as when you select an object or navigate on your device. Can be set to ON or OFF.

  • Sound feedback
    Get sound feedback in addition to verbalizations as you navigate. Can be set to ON or OFF.

  • Focus speech audio
    Decreases other audio volume when TalkBack is speaking. Can be set to ON or OFF.

  • Sound volume (available when Sound feedback is enabled)
    Controls the sound volume of speech and other sounds created by TalkBack relative to the system’s volume. Can be set to Match, 75%, 50%, or 25% of media volume

Touch exploration 

  • Explore by touch
    Touch the screen to hear what's under your finger. If disabled, your device doesn't respond to shortcut gestures or speak items when you touch the screen. Can be set to ON or OFF. (This setting is enabled by default.)

  • Automatically scroll lists
    When checked, lists scroll by themselves during linear navigation (swiping to move between objects). Can be set to ON or OFF.

  • Single-tap selection (experimental)
    Touch currently focused item only once to select, instead of double-tapping. Can be set to ON or OFF.

  • Launch "Explore by touch" tutorial
    Review a tutorial on touch exploration (allows you to touch your device’s screen and hear what's under your finger via spoken feedback and sounds). Touch to launch tutorial.

  • Manage gestures
    Change the meaning of the built-in TalkBack gestures or change any of the eight TalkBack shortcut gestures.

  • Manage custom labelsUse this setting to manage any custom labels that you've created with the local context menu. (The local context menu contains controls that relate to the focused item. The options available in the menu change depending on the item.) 


  • Resume from suspend
    Choose how TalkBack should resume after you've suspended it. Can be set to When screen turns on, When lock screen is shown, or From notification only


To Enable Captions 

This setting enables closed captions (CC) and subtitles for photos and videos. 


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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
HomeScreenKitKat__1_.jpg 1. Tap Apps.
SettingsButton__1_.jpg 2. Tap Settings.
Accessibility_Button.jpg 3. Under System, tap Accessibility.
Caption_Setting.jpg 4. In Accessibility settings, tap Captions.
Captions.jpg 5. At the top of the Captions screen, move the slider from OFF to ON.
Captions_Toggle.jpg 6. Once captions are enabled, you'll see a preview of your caption settings on the sample image.

Caption Settings 


From the Captions screen, you can adjust:

  • Language
  • Text size
  • Caption style (background and text color of captions)

Other Options 

Accessibility_Screen_1.jpg     Accessibility_Screen_2.jpg

  • Magnification gestures
    When this feature is turned on, you can zoom in and out by triple-tapping the screen. Can be set to OFF or ON.

  • Large text
    Check the box to increase text size.

  • Power button ends call
    Check the box to allow you to use your phone's power button to end phone calls.

  • Auto-rotate screen
    Check the box to allow your phone's screen to change orientation (portrait or landscape) when you rotate your phone. (Note: If you're using TalkBack, rotating the screen can interrupt spoken feedback.)

  • Speak passwords
    This setting controls TalkBack spoken feedback as you type passwords. (To protect your privacy, this setting is disabled by default.) Check the box to enable.
    • Enabled: Password characters are announced audibly like any other typed characters.
    • Disabled: Password characters are only audible via headset.

  • Accessibility shortcut
    The accessibility shortcut allows you to enable TalkBack quickly, without the use of sight. Can be set to OFF or ON. (Note: The Media volume setting on your phone will need to be audible in order for you to hear audio confirmation.)

    When enabled, you can turn on TalkBack by following these two steps:
    1. Press and hold the power button until you hear a sound or feel a vibration.
    2. Touch and hold two fingers until you hear audio confirmation. 
  • Text-to-speech output
    • Preferred engine: Tap the selected text-to-speech engine to view settings.
      • Language
      • Settings: Auto-update voices (select to automatically update voices) and Use Wi-Fi only (download voices data only when connected to WiFi to use less cell data).
      • Install voice data: Install voice data required for speech synthesis.
    • Speech rate: Select the speed at which text is spoken. Speeds range from Very slow to fastest.
    • Listen to an example: Hear a short demo of speech synthesis.
    • Default language status: Current status of default language (e.g. "full supported").
  • Touch & hold delay
    This setting allows you to adjust the amount of time required for your device to notice that you're touching an object on the screen. Users with limited dexterity might prefer to use a longer touch and hold delay. Can be set to Short, Medium, or Long.

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