How to Control Your Android Phone With Your Face

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The most direct way to use a touchscreen is to, well, touch it, but that’s not something everyone can do. Android’s expansive accessibility tools can help you navigate around the phone with only your eyes and facial expressions. Android includes a number of tools for people who can’t interact with touchscreens in the typical ways. Moving around with your voice is a big one, but you can also use your eyes and face with a tool called “Switch Access.”


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To get started, swipe down from the top of the screen once or twice—depending on your phone—to reveal the Quick Settings menu. Select the gear icon to go to the system settings.

Next, select “Accessibility” from the settings.

Select "Accessibility."

Scroll down and find “Switch Access.” On a Samsung Galaxy phone, it will be under “Installed Services.”

Select "Switch Access."

Toggle “Switch Access” on if it’s not already enabled.

Toggle "Switch Access" on.

You’ll be asked to grant Switch Access full control of your device. This is required in order for it to navigate your phone. Tap “Allow” to proceed.

Give Switch Access full control.

Select “Camera Switch” as the switch type and tap “Next.”

Select "Camera Switch."

Next, it will ask to download data that is required for it to work. Tap “Download” to proceed.

Download the required data.

Now you can decide if you want one or two switches. This determines how many gestures you’ll be able to create. We recommend choosing “Two Switches,” then tap “Next.”

Select "Two Switches."

The next step is to choose how to scan, the one we want is “Linear Scanning.”

Select "Linear Scanning."

We can begin choosing the gestures for the different actions. First up is the “Next” action. Select one or more gestures you want to use and tap “Next.”

Pick a gesture for "Next."

Now pick one or more gestures for the “Select” action and tap “Next.”

Pick a gesture for "Select."

Lastly, select a gesture for “Pause.” You can use this whenever you want to stop what’s happening on the screen. Pick one or more gestures and tap “Next.”

Choose a gesture for "Pause."

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