The Talkback or Screen reader feature verbally describes the content displayed on your Apple TV to aid in the navigation of the TV menu. But when enabled accidentally, the same feature becomes a major irritant. Worry not! This post will guide you through the steps to turn off screen reader on Apple TV without hassles.
How do you turn off screen reader on Apple TV?
Audio descriptions provide an audible narration of important onscreen action and content in movies and TV shows. If you have a video that includes audio descriptions, Apple TV can play them for you. However, if you have no use for this feature, here’s how you can disable or turn off Screen Reader!
- Press Menu on Apple Tv remote (3rd generation).
- Press the Down button.
- Highlight Settings.
- Press the Select twice
- Press Down until you hear a stop sound.
- Press Up 4 times to see the Accessibility setting highlighted
- Hit the Select button twice to stop the VoiceOver.
- For Apple TV 4K/Apple TV HD go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Accessibility
- Chooose the VoiceOver option.
- Disable it.
Let’s cover the above steps in a bit more detail!
How do you turn off the narrator on your Apple TV?
The optional narration, describing things happening on screen, including physical actions, settings, and scene changes can be disabled by turning off the VoiceOver feature. See how it’s done!
For Apple TV (3rd generation)
Press the lower-left button (Menu) repeatedly until you hear a stop sound. This action will return you to the main menu.
Press Down once.
Use the arrow buttons on your remote to highlight Settings.
Hit the Select button twice.
Press the Down button repeatedly until a stop sound is audible to you.
Press the Up button four times and you should see the Accessibility setting highlighted.
Hit the Select button twice to turn off VoiceOver and stop it from reading the content on your Apple TV screen.
For Apple TV 4K/Apple TV HD
There are 3 alternate ways via which you can disable narrator on your Apple TV or stop Siri from describing everything that’s there on your screen.
Go to Settings. Under the General section scroll down to Accessibility and select the VoiceOver tab.
Then turn VoiceOver on or off.
Alternatively, you can hold the Siri button on your Siri Remote*, then say Turn VoiceOver off or press the Menu button or the Back button on your remote three times to turn VoiceOver on or off.
Note – In regions that support Siri, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD ship with the same remote, called Siri Remote. Elsewhere, it’s called Apple TV Remote.
Hope that makes sense!