Setting up and Using TalkBack with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android

TalkBack is the screen reader by Google that works by giving spoken feedback without looking at the screen. 

The below areas cover in greater depth how to use SwiftKey with the this functionality. 

  1. How to Turn on TalkBack
  2. Using Talkback with SwiftKey
  3. Basic Typing Examples
  4. Enabling or Downloading your language

 

How to Turn on TalkBack

The TalkBack feature can be turned on from within the Android settings when you turn your phone on for the first time. It can also be enabled after the device is already set up. This is available by going to Settings--> Accessibility on your Android phone. 

*Keep in mind that this may vary depending on the specific Android phone and version of the Android operating system (OS).

More information is available in Google article on this topic. To explore by touch you can double tap anywhere on the screen. Google details this further here about how to type text, review text as well as overall linear navigation.

 

Using Talkback with SwiftKey

SwiftKey has been configured to work with TalkBack features within the keyboard and keyboard settings area within the app. 

  1. To begin typing with SwiftKey in a desired text input field (SMS, Messaging, etc) once TalkBack is enabled double tap to open the desired app
  2. Double tap the entry field or edit box one inside the app. When inside, you will hear "showing SwiftKey QWERTY Keyboard, shift enabled" 
  3. Begin typing 

 

Basic Typing Examples

The below list describes how to do some common typing with the keyboard. 

How to enable caps lock

  1. Navigate to the lower left corner to tap the shift key. Once enabled, you will hear "Caps lock enabled.

How to access numbers and symbols

  1. Navigate to the lower left corner to tap the 123 button below the shift key. Once enabled, you will hear "Symbols and Numbers, showing SwiftKey symbols and number keyboard."

How to access the SwiftKey Keyboard menu

  1. Right below the text entry field to the left edge of the keyboard you can expand the SwiftKey settings or menu. Once tapped, you will hear" SwiftKey Keyboard menu. This is also called the Hub. 
  2. Double tap to expose the full menu

How to enter emoji 

  1. In the lower right corner tap the emoji keyboard. Once selected you will hear "emoji, showing SwiftKey emoji keyboard."
  2. To return to the standard layout, tap the abc button in the lower left hand corner. Once you'll hear "showing SwiftKey letters keyboard."


Enabling or Downloading a new Language

  1. Right below the text entry field to the left edge of the keyboard you can expand the SwiftKey settings or menu. Once tapped, you will hear" SwiftKey Keyboard menu. This is also called the Hub. 
  2. Double tap to expose the full menu
  3. From the menu, double tap "more" you'll hear "keyboard hidden"
  4. On the following screen, in the upper left tap languages to open the languages list. You'll "hear showing 1-10 of the offered languages." Tap through the languages in the list and to select that language double tap to download it.
  5. When the new language is downloaded, you'll hear "download complete."

 

 

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