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 23<h1>Enabling accessibility</h1>
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 33<h2 id="g2">Instructions for Android 4.0 and above</h2>
 35<p>A video describing the out-of-box setup experience in Android 4.0 is
 36available on YouTube <a href="">here</a>.</p>
 38<p>For devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above,
 39Accessibility can be turned on from the initial set-up screen. After turning
 40on your device for the first time, use your finger to draw a closed rectangle
 41starting at the top-left corner of your device's touchscreen. Draw a straight
 42line from the top-left corner to the top-right, then to the bottom-right, then
 43bottom-left, and finally back to the top-left. Your device will beep when it
 44recognizes your gesture. It may take several attempts to draw the rectangle
 45within the screen bounds.</p>
 46<p>Once you have enabled Accessibility, your device will open a tutorial
 47introducing the Accessibility features available in Android 4.0. You may skip
 48the tutorial using the "Skip" button at the bottom-right of the screen.</p>
 49<p>Upon completion of the tutorial, your device will return to the initial
 50set-up screen and you may finish setting up your device.</p>
 52<h2 id="g2">Instructions for Android 3.1 and below</h2>
 54<p>By default, Accessiblity is turned off on new Android phones running
 55Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and below. If you have no vision, you will be unable
 56to access a brand-new Android phone without sighted assistance. Once enabled,
 57your phone will remember this setting and you'll be able to do everything else
 59<p>If you have a brand-new Android phone, follow these steps to enable
 64  <li>If the phone is asking you for a Google Account or it's in the system
 65  tutorial mode, press the button to skip it and do it later.</li>
 67  <li>Press the Menu button. Every Android phone has a Menu button on the
 68  front, you shouldn't have to open the keyboard.</li>
 70  <li>Press Settings.</li>
 72  <li>Open Text-To-Speech settings (it might be inside "Voice input &amp;
 73  output settings"). Click "Listen to an example". If it doesn't play, try
 74  clicking "Install voice data", below. You can also adjust the speech rate and
 75  language here.</li>
 77  <li>Go back to the main Settings screen and open Accessibility settings.</li>
 79  <li>Press the checkbox next to Accessibility. Say OK to the alert asking
 80  if you're sure you want to do this. If you have a T-Mobile G2, please
 81  refer to <a href="#g2">these special instructions</a>.</li>
 83  <li>Press the checkbox next to TalkBack. Say OK to the alert.</li>
 85  <li>Also recommended: Press the checkbox next to KickBack. Say OK to the
 86  alert. KickBack provides haptic feedback using the phone's vibrational motor.
 87  It is especially useful when you need to occasionally use the touch screen.
 88  See <a href="services.html">Services</a> for details.</li>
 92<p>In a few seconds, your phone will start talking when you press an arrow
 93key. If you still need to set up your Google account, do this now via the About
 94section of Settings.</p>
 96<p>Additional settings that may be useful to you are in the Sounds (or
 97Sounds &amp; Display) section of Settings. Here you can enable Haptic Feedback and
 98Audible Selection. Both of those provide additional feedback when performing
 99certain actions.</p>
101<h2 id="g2">Instructions for phones without Accessibility services</h2>
102<p>Some phones, like the T-Mobile G2, do not come with accessibility services
103like TalkBack, KickBack, and SoundBack already installed. You will need to
104install them from the Market yourself. Again, if you have no vision, you will
105need sighted assistance for this part.</p>
107<p>Once you press on the checkbox next to Accessibility in the Settings, the
108phone will display a warning entitled "No Accessibility Related Applications
109Found" and ask you if you want to install a screen reader from the Android
110Market. If you press OK, you will be prompted to log in with your Google
111Account or to create a new one. Once you log in or create an account, you will
112be able to access the Android Market and install a screen reader.</p>
115<h2 id="quickSetup">Quick Setup Instructions for Installing Commonly Used
116Accessibility Apps</h2>
117<p><a href="">
118IDEAL Apps4Android has released a set of Accessibility Installer apps for
119the various carriers.</a> This installer guides the user through installing
120commonly used accessibility apps by automatically bringing up their install
121screens from Android Market. These apps include the entire Eyes-Free suite
122(Talkback, Kickback, Soundback, Accessibility Preferences, Eyes-Free Shell,
123Talking Dialer, Rock Lock, Walky Talky, Intersection Explorer), plus several
124useful 3rd party apps such as IDEAL Web Reader, IDEAL Magnifier, and K9 Mail.
126<p>Using one of these installers greatly simplifies the process of setting up
127Android for accessibility. Here is how to use this installer:</p>
129  <li>Go to Android Market.</li>
130  <li>Search for "accessibility installer".</li>
131  <li>You should see several "Access 4 NAME_OF_CARRIER" apps. Pick the one that
132  matches your carrier.</li>
133  <li>Install and run the app.</li>
134  <li>Follow the directions from the app. You will get several install screens;
135  click on install/ok for all of these apps. You may get a few errors from
136  Market since not all apps are available on all phones, but these errors can
137  be safely ignored.</li>
139<p>Please note that you will need sighted assistance for running the
140accessibility installer if you have no vision and Talkback has not already
141been installed and enabled on your device.</p>
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