This video provides an overview of the Samsung Galaxy Fold accessibility features. This device supports a wide range of features for visual impairment, hearing impairment, and dexterity and mobility issues. Features covered include the screen reader Voice Assistant, changing font size and color, high contrast mode, captioning, and many other features.

(Note: This video was produced by AFB Consulting as work product for a contract with Samsung Electronics.)


Narrator: Samsung and the American Foundation for the Blind present Galaxy Fold Accessibility Features. In this video, we will be covering the device overview, voice assistant, visibility enhancements, hearing enhancements, and interaction and dexterity enhancements.

The Galaxy Fold is a folding touchscreen-based smartphone. Starting at the top right side of the device which contains the front-facing cameras, we have the volume up and down keys, the power button, the fingerprint reader/Bixby button, and at the bottom of the device is the USB C charging port.

Voice assistant. Voice assistant works by reading aloud the text and status of currently selected items, text, and controls, and provides audio cues for the actions and events on the phone. To activate voice assistant simultaneously press the volume up and power buttons.

Voice Assistant: Voice assistant on. OneUI home.

Narrator: To navigate using voice assistant, swipe left to right to move to the next element, and swipe right to left to move back.

Voice Assistant: Phone. Messages.

Narrator: Double tap the screen to activate the focus control.

Voice Assistant: Messages.

Narrator: Swipe down from the top edge of the phone with two fingers to open the notification shade.

Voice Assistant: Notification shade.

Narrator: Swipe up or down with two fingers in the middle of the screen to open the app drawer.

Voice Assistant: App screen, page one of two.

Narrator: Swipe side to side with two fingers on the home screen or app drawer to quickly navigate between home screens and app pages.

Voice Assistant: Home screen, page two of four. Home screen, page one of four default page.

Narrator: Voice assistant provides a quick menu that allows fast and simple access to related settings. With voice assistant active, swipe left to right or right to left across the screen with three fingers to open the quick menu.

Voice Assistant: Punctuation off.

Narrator: Continue swiping with three fingers to switch from one setting another.

Voice Assistant: Speech rate 16%.

Narrator: Once the desired setting has been found, swipe up or down with one finger to adjust the setting.

Voice Assistant: Ten percent. Five percent. Ten percent.

Narrator: Vision enhancements. The Galaxy Fold provides visibility enhancements for individuals who have color blindness or have partial vision impairment. High contrast fonts can be enabled to make words or letters stand out stronger against the background. A high contrast keyboard can also be enabled with four different color options ranging from yellow on black, to white on blue.

Button shapes can also be shown to make them stand out more clearly. Negative colors can be enabled to help with contrast and some forms of color blindness. Color adjustment can also be applied to the screen, and options are provided for changing the screen to display in grayscale and pre-sets for varying types of color blindness including protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia. A color lens can also be applied resulting in a filter of a single color changing the appearance of everything on screen. A wide range of pre-set colors ranging from blue to green, red, and between are provided.

Screen animations can be disabled for those who are sensitive to animation or screen movement. The magnifier window can be enabled and provides a floating window that magnifies the content underneath. Use two fingers to move the window around and a pinch gesture to zoom in and out.

Whole screen magnification is also available and can be quickly enabled with a triple tap on the screen. Once zoomed in, you can navigate by swiping with two fingerers or adjusting zoom with a pinch gesture. Font size, font style, and boldness are available to change to suit the user’s needs.

The side could be increased to a large size without requiring the screen magnifier and different styles can be used to suit the user's preference. Screen zoom is also available and makes elements on the screen larger or smaller to suit the user's desire.

Hearing enhancements. The Galaxy Fold provides hearing enhancements for anyone who has deafness or hard of hearing, mute, or who has a speech impairment. The Galaxy Fold supports realtime text that allows for text to be sent and displayed in realtime during a phone call. TTY or text telephones are also supported with an external keyboard. Sound detectors give a vibration notification when certain sounds such as a crying baby or the doorbell are detected. You can also mute all sounds on the device which is useful for anyone who is deaf and wouldn't be unaware of sounds or notifications.

Hearing aid support can be enabled to better provide sound quality when they are in use. Sound balance can be adjusted for users with hearing impairments in one ear or with differing levels of impairment. Mono audio integrates the stereo channels into one to provide listen to audio in one ear. Samsung subtitles or closed captioning is available for videos and audio playback. Supported content will show text subtitles to display spoken words, lyrics and other audio keys. Flash notifications allow the screen or camera to flash when a notification has been received or an alarm is currently sounding.

Interaction and dexterity. The interaction and dexterity enhancements are designed for users with physical and motor skill impairments or limitations. These features are designed to make the Galaxy Fold easier by replacing or enhancing touch interactions. A universal switch lets you designate certain touches or gestures to control specific actions on your phone. You can set a single switch or have multiple switches including a Bluetooth hardware device, front camera, or touch screen.

The assistant menu is designed for individuals with control and other physical impairments. By using the assistant menu. You can access hardware buttons in all parts of the screen by simply tapping or swiping. Tap duration can be adjusted so that screen touches must be held longer for a control to activate and prevent accidental activation. For those with tremors or shaky hands, you have the ability to adjust tap timing to ignore quickly repeated touches.

Taking a screenshot. To take a screenshot on the Galaxy Fold press and hold the volume down and power button simultaneously. After the shutter sound, the screenshot can quickly be shared or edited. In the advanced settings, you can enable direct access short shuts where voice assistant, screen magnification, and other accessibility tools can be activated using the volume up and power button keys, or both the volume up and volume down keys simultaneously.

Thank you for watching. If you have any accessibility questions large or small, please reach out to Samsung's accessibility team via email at or phone at (972) 761-7123. Samsung's accessibility team supports customers with vision, hearing, mobility, speech, and cognitive needs. Samsung customers with technical support promotions or product sales questions should call 1-888-987-4357. For details about specific Samsung devices, please visit the global accessibility reporting initiative database at For more information about the American Foundation for the Blind, visit our website at