BlackBerry Screen Reader settings

Turn on or turn off the Dark Screen mode

If you are using the BlackBerry Screen Reader, you can add privacy and conserve battery life using Dark Screen mode. This mode turns the screen display backlighting down to 10% brightness.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. Set the Dark Screen Mode switch to On.

Adjust the volume, speed, and pitch

You may want to increase the speed of the BlackBerry Screen Reader when you're surfing the Internet, or slow it down when you're getting instructions. You might want to increase the volume when you're outside, or decrease it when you're at home or in a quieter space. You might also want to adjust the pitch to make the reader easier to understand. The BlackBerry Screen Reader lets you adjust the volume, speed, and pitch of the reader to provide a personalized experience for any situation.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. Move the Volume, Speed, and Pitch sliders.

Adjust the verbosity

There are times when you need all the information you can get. In those instances, set the verbosity of BlackBerry Screen Reader to high. Once you get more familiar with the device, you can change the verbosity to low to include less information.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. Tap Verbosity.
  5. In the drop-down list, tap High or Low.

Turn on the Silent on Calls setting

No one wants to be interrupted when on a phone call. The Silent on Calls setting prevents the BlackBerry Screen Reader from reading back information while you're on a call.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. Set the Silent on Calls switch to On.

Turn on or turn off Keyboard Echo

Make sure you're saying what you think you are saying. The Keyboard Echo feature reads information back to you when you're typing in a text field.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. Tap Keyboard Echo.
  5. In the drop-down list, tap None, Characters, Words, or Characters and Words.

Change the language that the BlackBerry Screen Reader uses

If you speak more than one language, your BlackBerry Screen Reader can, too. You can quickly change the TTS language if you're reading web content or email in a different language than the preferred language that you set for your BlackBerry device.
  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Accessibility.
  3. Tap Screen Reader.
  4. In the TTS Language drop-down list, tap a language.