Android Accessibility

This is an introduction to using Android phones for people with low vision or no vision who want their phone to speak.

All Android phones that have Android version 1.6 or later have built-in support for speech output and accessibility, completely free. While not all applications are accessible, Android is quite customizable. By downloading the right software and configuring the phone properly, a visually-impaired user can access just about any function, including making phone calls, text messaging, email, web browsing, and downloading and using many of the thousands of apps on the Android market.

If you're not sure if Android is right for you, you may want to start with the Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Choosing a Phone
  2. Enabling Accessibility
  3. Accessibility Basics
  4. Accessibility Services
  5. The Android Market
  6. Customizing Your Experience
  7. Tips and Tricks
  8. Accessible Apps
  9. Android Version Guide
  10. Troubleshooting
  11. Frequently Asked Questions

For application developers, the Designing for Accessibility documentation provides an overview of the steps developers should follow to make sure that their applications are accessible.

There are also a number of videos demonstrating various accessible Android applications on the eyes-free YouTube channel.

Follow the Eyes-free Android blog for the experiences of one Android developer and user.

The Accessible Android blog contains articles and tutorials for using your Android device eyes-free.

If you have questions, the best resource is to join and post messages to the eyes-free mailing list.