This video provides an overview of the Galaxy S10 series accessibility features. The devices support 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 S10 Accessibility Features.

In this video we will be covering Device overview, Accessibility at Startup, Voice Assistant, Visibility Enhancements, Hearing Enhancements, and Interaction and Dexterity Enhancements

Device Overview.

The Galaxy S10 is a touchscreen-based smartphone.

The front of the device is completely covered by the touchscreen.

The right hand side of the device has the power button with the built in fingerprint sensor on the S10e.

The left hand side of the device, starting from the top has the volume up and down buttons and the Bixby button.

At the bottom of the device is the USB- C charging port and a headphone jack.

Accessibility at Startup.

From the very first time you activate your device, you can acces the accessibility features including the screen reader, Voice Assistant.

To activate Voice Assistant, simultaneously press the volume up button and the power button.

Voice Assistant: Voice Assistant On. Samsung Setup Wizard.

Narrator: With Voice Assistant Active, swipe lef to right to move to the next element.

Voice Assistant: Let's go.

Narrator: Swipe right to left to go back to move back.

Double tap the screen to activate the focused control.

To access the rest of the accessibility settings, tap the accessibility button on the bottom right of the screen or use swipe gestures to navigate to the Accessibility button with Voice Assistant.

Within the accessibility settings you can access the following features: Screen reader, Visibility Enhancements, and Interaction and Dexterity Enhancements.

These features will be covered in depth later.

Voice Assistant.

Voice Assistant works by reading aloud the text and status of currently selecteditems, text, and controls and provides audio cues for actions and events on the phone.

Voice Assistant: 9:16 PM Thu August 29th. Weather. Double Tap to Activate.

Narrator: Basic Navigation is the same as before.

Swipe left to right to move to the next element and swipe right to left to move back.

Double tap the screen to activate the focused control.

Voice Assistant: Messages, Chrome, Camera

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.

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

Vision Enhancements

The Galaxy S10 provides visibility enhancements for individuals who have color blindness or have partial vision impairment.

High contrast fonts can be enabled to make words and 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, white on black, to white on blue.

Button shapes can also be shown, making 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 proivided for changing the screen to display in Greyscale and presets for varying types of color blindness including Protanopia, Deuteranopia, and 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 color presets ranging from blues, reds, and inbetween are provided.

Screen animations can be disabled for anyone who has sensitivity to animations or screen movement.

The magnifier 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 fingers or adjusting zoom with a pinch gesture.

Font size, font style, and boldness are available to change to suit the users' needs.

The size can be increased without requiring the screen magnifier and different styles can be used to suit the user preference.

Screen zoom is also available and makes elements on the screen larger or smaller to suit the users' desire.

Hearing enhancement.

The Galaxy S10 provides hearing enhancements for anyone who has deafness, are hard of hearing, mute, or who have a speech impairment.

The S10 supports Real Time Text (RTT) that allows for text to be sent and displayed in real time 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 would be unaware of sounds and notifications.

Hearing aid support can be enables to provide better 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 listening to audio in one ear.

Samsung Subtitles, or Closed Captioning is available or video and audio playback.

Supported content will show text subtitles to display spoken words, lyrics, and other audio cues.

Speech-to-text functions can be performed using the memo app from the Galaxy Store.

Recorded audio will be transcribed to text automatically and in real time.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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 using the S10 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 screen touch.

Assistant menu is designed for individuals with motor control or other physical impairments.

By using Assistant menu, you can access hardware buttons and all parts of the screen by simply tapping or swiping.

Answering and Ending Calls gives you more control over actions regarding phone calls.

You can have caller ID names read aloud, use the volume up key to answer a call, and use the power key to end a call.

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 repeated touches.

Taking a Screenshot.

To take a screenshot on the S10, press and hold the volume down and power buttons simultaneously.

After the shutter sound, the screenshot can quickly be shared or edited.

Bixby Vision.

Bixby vision can identify objects and translate text in real time.

By Combining Bixby Vision and Voice Assistant, users with visual impairment can extract handwritten or printed text without assistance.

Voice Assistant: Please take out the trash

Narrator: Thank you for watching.

If you have any accessibility questions, large or small, please reach out to Samsung’s Accessibility Team via email at accessibility-at-S-E-A-dot-samsung-dot-com, 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 (GARI) database at W-W-W-dot-G-A-R-I-dot-com.

For more information about the American Foundation for the Blind, visit our website at W-W-W-dot-AFB-dot-com.