Make Your Phone Wait for You

Android phones have the built-in ability to wait for you. This feature is called Explore by Touch. Your phone describes what you are touching on the screen before starting, opening, or closing items. Only once you click a selected item two times, it opens an application or selects an entry from your phone.

To make sure that your Android phone waits for you, we need to change the Explore by Touch settings, which are turned off by default. This setting is only available on newer Android phones -- the ones that run on Android version 4.1 or above. For this one-time setup, it would best to have someone helping you in setting it up.

Here is step by step how to get your Android phone wait for you:
  1. Ensure TalkBack is activated; if not, please follow these step by step instructions


  2. Select the Application icon that is located towards the bottom of the screen by clicking on it once


  3. Open all applications by quickly clicking two times on the Applications icon
  4. Find the Settings icon by sliding two fingers across the screen from right to left


  5. Select the Settings icon by clicking on it once
  6. Open the Settings menu by quickly clicking two times on the Settings icon
  7. Find the Accessibility option by sliding two fingers from bottom to the top of the screen


  8. Select the Accessibility icon by clicking on it once
  9. Quickly click two times on the Accessibility icon to open the Accessibility menu
  10. At the very top, find the TalkBack option that must be turned on (otherwise return to step 1 above)


  11. Select the TalkBack icon by clicking on it once
  12. Quickly click two times on the TalkBack icon to open the TalkBack menu
  13. At the very bottom, find the Settings option


  14. Select the Settings icon by clicking on it once
  15. Quickly click two times on the Settings icon to open the Settings menu
  16. Use two fingers to scroll all the way down until you find the Explore by Touch option


  17. Enable Explore by Touch by clicking on it once
  18. As a confirmation, your phone will tell you "Checked"


  19. If your phone tells you "Not Checked", then select the Explore by Touch icon by clicking on it once
  20. Quickly click two times on the Explore by Touch icon to enable it again
  21. As a confirmation, your phone should now tell you "Checked"
  22. Now that Explore by Touch is activated, you can get back to your home screen by quickly clicking twice on the Home icon in the middle at the very bottom of your screen