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Samsung Galaxy S3 Problem with TalkBack Feature [How To Fix]



Our reader emailed us about a problem with his Galaxy S3. The TalkBack feature in his phone seems to have become over enthusiastic that even actions that didn’t need to be talked back are said. The problem is, he said the feature has been disabled already but it still functions more than it ever did. Below is the actual email sent to us by our reader.

First of all thank very much for doing this I have been over the Internet couldn’t find a fix.
My phone used to just say out loud in a female voice “the folder is open” whenever I open a folder, and “the folder is closed” when I close it, which was annoying enough, but then when I downloaded Android 4.1.2 my phone started reading everything out loud in apps, Web pages and even Web links, it’s almost like the TalkBack feature (which is turned off) except as you can see in the pics I have attached the lines that circle what it’s reading out loud are yellow and not green, it only does this in apps except the problem with the folders, the only way I can cope is by turning down the volume but I end up turning it back on a minute later.

Running a white 16gb + a 64gb SD Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon.

Very much appreciate any help, and I return any emailed questions immediately.


I understand how irritating this problem is. The female voice is but it’s just irritating considering it’s very loud. One workaround would be to lower the notification volume down but that would mean you can barely hear notifications.

The moment I read your email, I immediately thought of the TalkBack feature of the S3. However, when you said it’s already off, that’s when things become a little complicated than what it seems.

I have a couple of things here that I want you to try to see which one resolves this problem of yours.

Disable Driving Mode

It may seem a little complicated but I don’t want to go directly to disabling the service that’s responsible for this feature.
  1. From the Home screen, tap on Menu button and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Language and Input option.
  3. Choose Text-to-speech output.
  4. Under the General section, you can find the Driving mode. If it’s on, slide the switch to turn it off
  5. Now see if your phone still talks back.
Aside from the TalkBack feature, the phone will also voice out almost anything when Driving Mode is enabled. In fact, you can choose apps and services you want the phone can read back to you.

Disable TTS Engine

If the above procedure won’t work, then it’s time we go to the root.
  1. Home screen, tap on Menu button then Settings.
  2. Scroll down to and tap Application Manager.
  3. Swipe left/right to view and choose “All” tab.
  4. Scroll down to find Google TTS Engine; tap on it so the settings page opens.
  5. Tap on Disable button to turn this service off.
This might just solve the problem.

After you’ve done all these and the problem persists, do email us back.

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