Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable and Use Direct Access in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

As we all know that Samsung often places various features in the accessibility menu. That's why for most of users, the accessibility menu becomes one of the frequently accessed menus because they often need to access this menu to enable, configure or disable certain feature. Instead of accessing this menu through the settings menu which will little bit longer, you can shorten it by activating the direct access feature. This feature will allow you directly access the accessibility features that you frequently use simply by triple pressing the Home key quickly.

How to enable direct access?
You can enable this feature by using the following steps:
  1. Swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel.
  2. Tap to go to the settings menu.
  3. With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Personalization section and then tap Accessibility .
  4. Tap Direct access.
  5. Slide the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to the right to enable direct access.
  6. In the Accessibility setting section, you can select from the following menus you want to add to the direct access option:
    • Accessibility
    • Talkback
    • Negative colours
    • Interaction control. FYI, this option will be available if you have enabled the interaction control feature in the accessibility menu. We'll learn further more about it in other post.

How to use direct access?
Assuming that you have enabled the direct access feature and added all menus to the direct access option, then you can use the following steps to access them quickly:
  1. On any screen, press the Home key three times quickly to open up the direct access option.
  2. If you tap Accessibility, then the accessibility menu will be opened.
  3. If you tap Talkback, then the talkback feature will be turned on or turned off depending on your current settings.
  4. If you tap Negative colours, then the negative colours will be applied or removed depending on your current settings.
  5. If you tap Interaction control, then you'll be asked to configure interaction control or this feature will be turned off depending on your current settings.

For me, enabling the direct access feature is really helpful because I often need to access the accessibility menu. By using this feature, now I can save more time because I can open the accessibility menu directly from any screen simply by triple tapping the Home key quickly.


  1. Thanks. You saved me time. I could not even find this in the popular missing manual.

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


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