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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Completely Disable Talk Back Mode

Talk back mode is an option inside Samsung Galaxy SIII designed for vision-impaired or low vision people to make them more easier when using this phone. You can easily enable this option on your phone. Once this option is turned on, then the phone will give a spoken feedback for anything the user do with this phone.

See also: How to Enable Talk Back Mode on Samsung Galaxy S3

In other side of this option's advantages, there are lot of users said that they were stuck with this mode and have difficulty to get out from this mode. The main reason of this situation is because this mode will change the way user interact with the phone and they not realize that while in this mode they need to use two finger instead one finger and use double tap instead a single tap.

How to turn off talk back mode?
Here's how to do to disable this mode:
  1. From your Home screen, double tap Apps.
  2. Double tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down using two fingers to Accessibility, then double tap it.
  4. Double tap Talk Back.
  5. Slide the slider to the left using two fingers, then double tap OK button to disable talk back mode.

In certain conditions, the talk back is still operating even when you already turned off the option. The possible reason for it is that you have Google Text To Speech (Google TTS) and/or Samsung TTS and you need to disable them in order to completely disable talk back mode on your phone.

How to disable Google Text To Speech and Samsung TTS?
Here are the complete steps to do:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Application manager.
  3. Tap Running tab.
  4. Tap All tab.
  5. From here, disable Google Text to Speech Engine and also disable Samsung TTS.
  6. Tap Home button to return to the standby mode.

By disabling talk back option under accessibility settings and disable Google TTS and/or Samsung TTS, now your phone will completely get out from the talk back mode and you will be able to use the phone as you used to be.


  1. This so called feature is a joke, isn't it. Turning on talkback (which I and everyone else managed to do by mistake) completely disables the screen, making it almost impossible to do anything with the phone.

    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      Well, I also noticed that most of users have activated this feature accidentally when they're exploring their phone. But, given its function, this feature is designed for vision-impaired/low vision people, so I think it will be useful for them.

  2. my s3 galaxy won't let me scroll down on talk back mode!! HELP! I can't scroll down in settings to disable talk back mode...its like it doesn't want to be phone is possesed and won't shut the hell up and I can't figure out how to scroll down the settings tab!

    1. Hi Ron Tsai,
      Thanks for coming.
      When the TalkBack mode is enabled, you have to swipe the screen using two fingers to scroll down or up the screen, and you have to double tap the screen to select the icon or select the option.

  3. Thanks for your information, I was stuck after I turned on the talk back mode accidentally, I couldn't scroll up and down... but my phone turn back to normal mode now ^^

    1. Hi Piggy rj,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that this post has helped you :)

  4. Thanks for this post. I had turned off the tts but my phone was still talking certain things. So annoying. It's gone. Silence is golden. Yes!!!

    1. Hi Reddpepsi,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that your issue has been fixed :)

  5. Finally.... thank you for this info... i got rid of it.

  6. I constantly get an error message that stops the phone which say Unfortunately Samsung Text to speech engine has stopped. With an OK button. I click OK only for the same thing to happen again..........and again....and again The disable button is greyed out and Force stop does not stop it. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Gwil,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try the following steps to resolve your issue:
      1. Go to the settings menu.
      2. Tap "More" tab.
      3. Tap "Application manager".
      4. In the Downloaded tab, tap the Menu key and then select "Reset app preferences".
      5. Tap "Reset apps" button.
      6. Once done, restart your phone.

  7. Is thrre a way to compketely delete Talkback off a Samsung phone. It is too easy to accidently turn it on and I have no need for it

  8. It doesn't let me disable Samsung tts engine..the disable option appears to be not clickable and dull. PLEASE HELP!!!!

  9. Thank you so much. I like everyone else managed to do this in error, then spent until the early hours of the morning trying to turn it off. You was my last hope before the phone hit the nearest wall. I HAVE DONE more talking or double tapping. My phone is back to normal. Thanks


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