Google has added an additional way to turn on TalkBack, at least for Pixel devices.
Users can now use the command "Turn on Talkback" with Google's Voice Assistant, which can be accessed by holding down the Home button or squeezing the sides of some Pixel phones. The reverse can be done to turn off TalkBack.
The feature appears to only work on Pixel phones at the moment and was introduced sometime in July. If you try this on other Android phones and it works, please let us know.
While this is a step forward, it's also sad that a simple feature like enabling or disabling your screen reader using voice control is just now coming to Android devices when iOS devices have had this feature for many years, and even macOS has had the same feature ever since Siri was introduced to the operating system sin 2016.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.