Get started using TalkBack with Skype for Business for Android

Get started using TalkBack with Skype for Business for Android

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Skype for Business for Android works with TalkBack, the built-in screen reader for Android phones and tablets. This topic is for users with vision disabilities who want to useSkype for Business for Android to make and receive audio and video calls, exchange instant messages, and conduct online meetings.

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Open Skype for Business for Android for the first time

The first time you open the Skype for Business for Android app, you provide profile information and personal preferences.

  1. From the home screen of your mobile device, navigate to the screen containing the Skype for Business for Android icon and move the focus to it. Double-tap.

  2. On the sign-in screen, move the focus to the Organization sign-in address edit box. Double-tap the box and type your sign-in address, typically your email address.

  3. Slide down toward the center of the screen until you find the Continue button. Double-tap.

  4. On the next screen, the focus is on the Password edit box. Double-tap the box and type your password. Slide down toward the center of the screen until you find the Continue button. Double-tap.

  5. On the next screen, under What’s your phone number?, type the phone number you want to use to make and receive work calls and to join meetings from Skype for Business for Android.

  6. On the same screen, be sure that the Sync Contacts check box is selected. This merges your Skype for Business for Android contacts into your mobile device’s contact list.

  7. Move the focus to the Continue button and double-tap.

  8. To hear information about Skype contacts, upcoming meetings, and conversations, slide down the screen from top to bottom. To move to the next screen, use two fingers to swipe from right to left.

  9. To hear more information about working with your contacts, slide down this screen. To move to the next screen, use two fingers to swipe from right to left.

  10. To hear information about working with your calendar, slide down this screen. To move to the next screen, in the lower-right corner, move to the Continue button and double-tap.
    Your Skype for Business for Android screen appears, showing the search box for contacts in your company directory, upcoming appointments, and recent conversations.

Open Skype for Business for Android and sign in

  1. From the home screen of your mobile device, navigate to the screen containing the Skype for Business for Android icon and move the focus to it. Double-tap.

  2. Slide down the screen until you hear your name and sign-in address. Double-tap.
    Skype for Business for Android opens.

    Tip: If you did not sign out of Skype for Business for Android the last time you used it, the app opens without prompting you to sign in.

Find TalkBack keyboard shortcuts

If you use an external keyboard with Skype for Business for Android, you can navigate the app with the Tab key, Shift+Tab, the arrow keys, the Esc or Back key, and Enter. (For more information, go to Keyboard shortcuts for Skype for Business for Android.) In addition, when you use TalkBack with your Android device, about two dozen more keyboard shortcuts become available.

  1. To return to the home screen, tap and then double-tap the Android Home button.

  2. From the home screen, navigate to the screen containing the Settings button, move the focus to it, and double-tap.

  3. Move down the screen to the System area until you hear “Accessibility,” and double-tap.

  4. On the Accessibility screen, move the focus to TalkBack, which is usually the first command. You hear “TalkBack, On.” Double-tap.

  5. On the TalkBack screen, move the focus to the Settings menu and double-tap. You hear something like “TalkBack settings, Showing items one to thirteen of thirty-two.”

  6. To scroll down the list, swipe up with two fingers. Slide down the screen until Manage keyboard shortcuts has the focus. Double-tap.

  7. Slide down the screen to explore the list of available keyboard shortcuts that you can use when TalkBack is on. To scroll down the list, swipe up with two fingers.

  8. To hear a keyboard shortcut, slide to it. You hear something like “Home, Alt+Shift+H” or “Pause or resume TalkBack, Alt+Shift+Z.”

  9. To exit the Manage keyboard shortcuts screen, press the Esc or Back key. Or, on your device, move the focus to the Home button and double-tap.

Sign out of Skype for Business for Android

  1. In Skype for Business for Android, in the upper-left corner, move the focus to your profile at the upper-left corner of the screen. You hear “View profile settings menu, Button.” Double-tap.

  2. Slide down your profile until you hear “Sign out.” Double-tap. You hear “Signing out of Skype for Business.”

See also

Use a screen reader to join an online meeting in Skype for Business

Use TalkBack to make a call in Skype for Business for Android

Keyboard shortcuts in Skype for Business for Android

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate Skype for Business using accessible features

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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