Android’s accessibility features allow you to control your phone without touching it. For this, the system uses the facial recognition distinguish different gestures on the face: go back to start by raising your eyebrows, launch your favorite apps by opening your mouth… You can customize this convenient way of using the phone to suit your tastes and/or needs.
Your Android mobile allows its control by applying your fingers to the screen, you can also control everything that happens on the panel by connecting a mouse to the phone or with a joystick (by USB or via Bluetooth). And there’s another way to use Android: with looks. It is a function which, in addition remove barriers for users with visual difficultiesis an extra that you can use on a daily basis.
Accessibility with switches, the Jedi mode of your Android
The specific function that allows visual control of the entire phone is somewhat hidden and with a name that, a priori, does not reveal the full range of possibilities it offers. Under the name of “Accessibility with switches“, users who cannot control their phone can use an Android-connected switch (wired or Bluetooth) or face gestures. We will use the second option.
Android Face Control is meant to manage your entire phone without touching it. It’s a barbaric accessibility tool for those with ALS, for example. And, in case you need to configure the mobile for someone who needs a more accessible way to use itor if you want to try visual control yourself for times when you can’t use your hands (works great while cooking), “Switch Accessibility” is exactly what you’re looking for.
The visual control function is included in the android accessibility suite and it is present from Android 6. To configure it, you must do the following:
- Go to your Android settings and find the “Accessibility” section.
- Go to “Accessibility with switches” and enable it.
- Allow accessibility to control your phone and start the setup process.
- Select “Camera switch” to use facial recognition.
- Choose two switches for more customization options and accept camera access permission.
- Configure the different actions according to the available gestures that interest you the most. Each of these actions allows you to control the phone: move from one menu to another with “Next”, “OK” to choose the selection and “Pause” to stop facial recognition. This last action is very useful when you want to control your Android in the usual way.
When “Accessibility with switches” is activated, you will manage the whole phone with the gestures you choose. And it is such that: all of your Android will be accessible without the need to use your hands or your voice. You can move from menu to menu with the following gesture, enter the options with the acceptance gesture and so on with full control: the camera will perfectly recognize what marks your face.
You can add the “accessibility switch shortcut” to have a floating button on the screen that allows you to toggle face gesture control on and off
Android’s Gesture Face Control is an accessibility tool that allows people who have difficulty accessing technology to use mobile phones. Google was able to integrate the tool into the root of Android, he keeps it up to date and it works great thanks to all the facial recognition power the company has. It is useful to know what accessibility tools include: they are useful in a wide variety of situations.