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Voice Access for Android

By activating Voice Access it is possible to control your Android device via voice. This is especially useful for users who have difficulty using the touchscreen.

Voice Access is available for all devices with Android version 5.0 or higher.

Install Voice Access

Before you can install Voice Access, you must first meet the following preconditions:

  1. Your device must have Android 5.0 or higher

  2. The google app must be installed

In addition, the following three things are recommended:

  1. Set up “Ok Google” detection from any screen:

    • Open the Google app, tap More in the bottom right, then Settings, then Voice Settings. Then tap "Voice" and turn on "Ok Google."

  2. Check if you have downloaded a language for offline use:

    • Go back to the previous screen and click on 'Offline Speech Recognition'. Download the desired languages.

  3. Use the Pixel Launcher. Download the app here.

Finally, install the Voice Access app.

Turn on Voice Access

After you install Voice Access, you can only turn it on in way 1 the first time.

Way 1: via settings

  1. Open the Settings app

  2. Tap Accessibility

  3. Tap Voice Access, found under the 'Downloaded services' heading

  4. Turn on the switch

Then turn off the 'Time out after no speech'  switch in the Voice Access settings.

Way 2: Via Shortcut

  1. Open the Settings app

  2. Scroll down, tap Accessibility

  3. Tap Volume key shortcut

  4. Turn on the switch

  5. Tap Shortcut service

  6. Tap Switch Access

  7. Press and hold both volume buttons for three seconds

Note:  this only works on devices with Android version 8 or higher.

Turn off Voice Access

Saying “Stop listening” or “Thanks, Google” disables Voice Access.

You can also turn off Voice Access via the settings. You can also try long-pressing both volume buttons. This way you can disable Voice Access via a shortcut.

Voice Access commands

After you turn on Voice Access, numbers appear on the screen with all the elements to perform actions.

For example, if you see the number 7 next to a "Save" button, you can perform actions in the following ways:

  • 7

  • Save

  • Click 7

  • Click Save

In some apps, it's easier to navigate with a grid than by clicking on specific elements. A grid is also useful if the element you want to click on does not have a number.

  • Say “Show grid” to start grid selection.

  • Say “More squares” or “Less squares” to make the grid larger or smaller.

  • To interact with the grid, say a number or use commands. For example: “Tap 3” or “Long press 3”.

  • Say “Hide grid” to hide the grid again.

Note: it will often happen that you cannot fully control apps with voice control.


You can navigate with these commands.



Open <app>

Opens the given app

go back

Presses the back button

go home

Presses the home button

Show notifications

Shows your notifications

Show Quick Settings

Displays the quick settings menu

Show recent apps

Shows your recent apps

Overview of common commands via Voice Access

Ask for help

These commands will help you to use Voice Access.



What can I say?

Shows all the commands you can say

Show all commands

Shows all commands

Open tutorial

Opens the tutorial to learn Voice Access

hide numbers

Hides the numbers on the screen

Show numbers

Shows numbers on the screen

What is <number>?

Explains what type the element with the given number is

Stop Voice Access

Stops Voice Access

Send feedback

Opens a screen to send feedback about Voice Access

Overview of commands to ask for help via Voice Access

Adjust settings

With these commands, you can adjust settings. For example, turn Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on or off and change the volume level.



Turn <on/off> <setting>

The given setting is turned on or off.

For example: “Turn on Wi-Fi” turns off Wi-Fi.

Turn <up/down> volume

Turns the volume up or down

Turn <media/alarm/phone> volume <up/down>

The volume of the given item is increased or decreased. For example: “Turn media volume up” turns volume up.


Turns off the sound


Mutes the sound


Turns the sound back on

<Mute/unmute> <media/alarm/phone> volume

Turns the volume on or off for the given item.

For example: “Mute phone volume” turns off the volume.

Turn device off

Turns off your device

Overview of commands to adjust settings via Voice Access


Commands' that you normally say after “Ok Google” still work. For example:



Set timer for <time>

Start a timer for the given time

Turn on flashlight

Turns on your device's flash

When was the Empire State Building built?

Answers when the Empire State Building was built

Who created Google?

Answers who founded Google

Overview of assistant commands via Voice Access


Use these commands to tap, scroll, and use other gestures through your voice.




Touch <element>

Touches the given element


Touches the given element

Long press <element>

Long touches the given element

Switch <on/off> <setting>

The given setting is turned on or off.

For example: “Switch off airplane mode” to turn off airplane mode.

Expand <element>

Expands the given element

Collapse <element>

Collapses the given element

Overview of touch commands via Voice Access




Scroll <left/right/up/down>

Scrolls to the given direction.

For example: “Scroll left”, the page scrolls to the left.

Scroll to <top/bottom>

Scrolls all the way up or down.

For example: “Scroll to top”, the page will scroll all the way to the top.

Swipe <forwards/backwards>

Swipes to the given direction.

For example: “Swipe forwards”, swipes forward

Overview of commands to swipe via Voice Access

Magnifying glass

These commands allow you to zoom or enlarge so that you can read the screen better.

Note: You need Android 7.0 or newer to use the commands below.



Start magnification

Starts magnification

Start zooming

Starts zooming





Zoom in

Zooms in

Zoom out

Zooms out

Pan <left/right/up/down>

Pans to the given direction

Move <left/right/up/down>

Moves to the given direction

Go <left/right/up/down>

Goes to the given direction

Stop magnification

Stops magnification

Stop zooming

Stops zooming

Cancel zoom

Cancels the zoom

Overview of commands to use the magnifying glass via Voice Access

Text editing

Use these commands to type, edit, and format text with your voice. A blue border appears around editable text fields to indicate that you can start typing and editing. Say the number next to the text field if the blue border does not appear around the text field.




Type <word/phrase>

Inserts the given text


Inserts the given text


Undoes the previous action


Redoes the action

Insert <word/phrase> <before/after/between> <word/phrase>

The given text is placed before, after, or between the given text.

For example: “Insert 'Thank you' before 'Kind Regards'”, inserts 'Thank you' before 'Kind Regards'.

Format email

This command formats nearby text as an email address.

For example: “info at appt dot nl” is formatted as “”

Overview of commands for typing text via Voice Access




Replace <word/phrase> with <word/phrase>

Replaces the given text with the desired text

Replace everything between <word/phrase> and <word/phrase> with <word/phrase>

Replaces everything between the given two texts with the desired text

Capitalize <word/phrase>

Lets the given text start with a capital letter

Uppercase <word/phrase>

Converts the given text to uppercase

Lowercase <word/phrase>

Converts the given text to lowercase

Overview of commands to replace text via Voice Access





Deletes the text

Delete all

Deletes everything

Delete <word/phrase>

Deletes the given text

Delete to the beginning

Deletes everything up to the beginning

Delete to the end

Deletes everything until the end

Delete selected text

Deletes the selected text

Delete from <word/phrase> to <word/phrase>

Removes all intervening text between the given two texts

Delete <number> <characters/words/sentences/lines/paragraphs/pages>

Removes the given number from the given type of text

Delete the <next/previous> <number> <characters/words/sentences/lines/paragraphs/pages>

Deletes the previous or next given number of the given type of text

Overview of commands to delete text via Voice Access




Go to the beginning

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the text

go to the end

Moves the cursor to the end of the text

Move <before/after> <word/phrase>

Moves the cursor before or after the given text.

For example: “Move after thank you.”, moved the cursor after 'thank you'.

Move between <word/phrase> and <word/phrase>

Moves the cursor between the two given texts.

For example: “Move between 'you' and 'me'”, moves the cursor between 'you' and 'me'.

<Right/Left> <number> <characters/words/sentences/lines/paragraphs/pages>

Moves the cursor left or right the given number of text elements.

For example: “Left 3 characters”, moves the cursor three characters to the left.

Overview of commands to move text via Voice Access




Select all text

Selects all text

Unselect all text

Deselects all text

Select to the beginning

Selects to the beginning

Select to the end

Selects to the end

Select <word/phrase>

Selects the given text

Select from <word/phrase> to <word/phrase>

Selects from the given text to the given text

Select <number> <characters/words/sentences/lines/paragraphs/pages>

Selects the given number of the given text element type.

For example: “Select 5 sentences”, selects five sentences.

Select the <next/previous> <number> <characters/words/sentences/lines/paragraphs/pages>

Selects the next or previous given number of the given text element type.

For example, “Select the previous 6 paragraphs”, selects the previous six paragraphs.

Overview of commands to select text via Voice Access





Cuts the text


Copies the text


Pastes the text

Overview of commands to perform actions on text via Voice Access




Show keyboard

Shows the keyboard

Hide keyboard

Hides the keyboard

Overview of commands to replace text via Voice Access

Voice Access manuals

Want to learn even more about Voice Access? Google has written several guides:


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