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Changing Accessibility Settings

Your Galaxy Note 5 includes built-in settings to assist people who might otherwise have difficulty using some features of the device. The Galaxy Note 5 has the ability to provide alternative feedback, such as vibration and sound. It can even read menu items aloud to you.

  1. Pull down the Notification bar and tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap Accessibility under the Personalization section.

  3. Tap one of the categories on the Accessibility screen and use the following sections to change the settings in the different categories.


  1. Tap to enable or disable Voice Assistant. When enabled, Voice Assistant speaks everything, including menus, but it also has other features, such as one that requires that you double-tap something to select it instead of single tapping.
  2. Tap to see a tutorial on how Voice Assistant works.
  3. Tap to enable the Dark Screen feature. After this feature is enabled, you double-press the Power key to enable and disable it. When you have it enabled, your screen remains off for privacy.
  4. Tap to enable the Rapid Key Input feature. When enabled, it overrides the Voice Assistant requirement of having to double-tap each key while typing.
  5. Tap to enable Speak Passwords. When this feature is enabled, Voice Assistant speaks each character of your password as you type it.
  6. Tap to record voice labels and write them to NFC tags.

  7. Tap to set the font size used on your Galaxy Note 5. You can choose sizes ranging from tiny to huge.
  8. Tap to enable or disable magnification gestures, which include the ability to magnify any screen by triple-tapping it. When a screen is magnified, you can pan around it.
  9. Swipe up for more settings.

  10. Tap to open a new screen that enables or disables a Magnifier Window that can magnify whatever is under it. You can change the size of the Magnifier Window and how much magnification is applied.
  11. Tap to enable or disable the Grayscale feature, which makes everything on the screen grayscale instead of full color.
  12. Tap to enable or disable the Negative Colors feature, which makes all colors displayed on your Galaxy Note 5 reversed. (For example, black text on a white background instead appears as white text on a black background.)
  13. Tap to enable the Color Adjustment Wizard, which helps you adjust the screen colors if you have difficulty seeing it.
  14. Tap to enable or disable the Accessibility Shortcut feature. When it’s enabled, you can access accessibility features by performing certain gestures.
  15. Tap to change the settings for the Text-to-Speech service provided by Samsung or to switch to the Google Text-to-Speech service.

  16. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.


  1. Tap to enable or disable an option that makes your Note 5 vibrate when it detects a baby crying or a doorbell ringing.
  2. Tap to enable or disable making your Note 5 light up the camera flash when you have a new notification.
  3. Tap to turn off all sounds.
  4. Tap to enable or disable improving the sound quality if you use a hearing aid.
  5. Tap to enable video subtitles provided by Samsung, and adjust how the subtitles appear on the screen.
  6. Tap to enable or disable video subtitles provided by Google, and adjust how the subtitles appear on the screen.
  7. Tap to adjust the balance of audio played when wearing earphones.
  8. Swipe up for more settings.

  9. Tap to use mono audio when wearing one earphone.
  10. Tap to enable or disable a feature that causes your Note 5 to vibrate in time to music being played, a video being watched, or a game being played.

  11. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Dexterity and Interaction

  1. Tap to manage using universal switches to control your Note 5. Switches can include tapping on the screen, detecting movement of your head, eyes, or mouth, and can even include buttons being pressed on an externally connected accessory.
  2. Tap to enable or disable the Assistant menu. Once it is enabled, you can set your dominant hand, reorder the menu items, and adjust the level of zoom. The Assistant menu appears as a small gray box on your screen at all times. When you tap it, it provides quick access to common device functions.
  3. Tap to enable or disable the Gesture Wake Up feature. When this feature is enabled, you can wave your hand over the front of the device to wake it up as it rests on a flat surface.
  4. Tap to adjust the Press and Hold Delay (also known as touch and hold) feature.

  5. Tap to enable or disable Interaction control, which includes blocking areas of the screen so they do not respond to taps.
  6. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Direct Access

  1. Tap to enable or disable direct access to certain accessibility settings. When this feature is enabled, press the Home button three times in quick succession to see the direct access menu.
  2. Choose which accessibility settings you want direct access to.
  3. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Notification Reminder

  1. Tap to enable or disable extra notifications for certain apps.
  2. Tap to choose whether to vibrate when one of your chosen apps sends a notification.
  3. Tap to choose whether to turn on the indicator light when one of your chosen apps sends a notification.
  4. Tap to choose how frequently the reminder occurs if you have not responded to the notification.
  5. Choose which apps you want to receive this extra notification for.
  6. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Answering/Ending Calls

  1. Tap to enable or disable answering a call by pressing the Home button.
  2. Tap to enable or disable using voice commands to answer or reject calls. When enabled, just say “Answer” or “Reject.”
  3. Tap to enable or disable ending a call by pressing the Power button.
  4. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Manage Accessibility

  1. Tap to import accessibility settings that someone has shared with you or to export your settings.
  2. Tap to share your accessibility settings with friends. You must first export your settings as mentioned in step 1.
  3. Tap to return to the previous screen.

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