As smart assistant-enabled displays are becoming more ubiquitous, they are also becoming more feature-rich. With increasing capabilities, there are also a growing number of accessibility settings that enable users with various needs and use cases to get the most out of these devices. This guide will outline the accessibility settings that can be found on your Google Nest Hub, ensuring you get the most out of your smart home experience.
To access and change accessibility settings on your Google Nest display device, you must use a mobile device or tablet that is connected to the same Wi-Fi and linked to the same account as your Google Nest hub. Then, using this mobile device or tablet:
- Open the Google Home app
- Scroll through your device list, tap on your Google Nest, choose Settings (gear icon) > Accessibility
Sometimes it is difficult to know if your device is listening to your commands. You can enable a sound to play at the beginning and end of your voice command, ensuring that your device is listening when you need it. The start and end sounds are different, so you will always know when the device has started and finished listening to your commands.
You can enable audio descriptions on your Google display, providing you with more context about what sound is coming from the device. This is helpful for individuals that are deaf/hard of hearing, or for environments where the audio may be unclear.
Enabling the Google Nest display’s screen reader works virtually identically to a screen reader on any Android device. Specifically, you can use the following gestures to navigate around the screen:
Discover items on the screen: tap the screen with one finger to have the elements onscreen read aloud. You can also move one finger along the screen and have the item under your finger be highlighted and read aloud
Tap on a selected item: double-tap the screen with one finger when the desired item is highlighted (this will be the last item read out loud)
Move between items on the screen: use one finger and swipe right for the previous item and left for the next item
Go to the previous screen: swipe 3 fingers from the right of the screen to the left
Return to the home screen: swipe left with one finger from the left of the screen. You can also say “Okay Google, go to home”
Silence screen reader/Google assistant speech: Tap the screen with 2 fingers
Show/hide quick settings: swipe up/down with 3 fingers
Inverts the colours on the screen. Inverted colours can help people with vision impairments by reversing light text on dark backgrounds, as some find this easier while preserving relative contrasts.
Enabling the setting called “Magnify Screen” allows you to magnify a certain area of the screen by triple tapping on it. From there, you can use a two-finger pinch to adjust the zoom level and move the screen around.
The closed captioning on Google Nest displays is the most customizable accessibility feature so far. Accessing this setting allows you to enable captions for video content and/or the assistant’s voice. Additionally, you can adjust the font to best suit your needs. The font style settings include 5 pre-defined templates and a custom mode that allows you to have full control over the font and closed-captioning text background.
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Google Nest displays are slowly bridging the gap between home control devices and fully-fledged Android devices, and the availability of accessibility settings is also improving. However, sometimes it is difficult to set up and customize your devices to perfectly suit your needs. If you’re looking for a fully managed service for independence, reach out to us at Novalte to request a demo to see how our solution can help you.