How to Turn Off TalkBack on Sony Bravia TV

How to turn off TalkBack on Sony Bravia TV

Quick Tips

  • The TalkBack feature is available only on the Sony Android and Google TV models.
  • Home Dashboard Settings System Accessibility TalkBack Enable Turn off.

TalkBack is a pre-installed screen reader feature on Sony Bravia TVs which verbally describes the information on your TV. This feature is to assist the user in navigating the TV menu. When this feature is enabled, your TV starts reading or describing the menu out loud. Sometimes, the user may be irritated. In that case, you can turn off the TalkBack feature on your Sony Bravia TV.

The TalkBack feature is available under different names on TVs. In some models of Fire TV, the feature is named Audio Description. In LG TV, the feature is named Audio Guidance. It is named Teletext in Samsung TV.

How to Turn Off TalkBack on Sony Bravia TV

Bravia TVs only with the Android OS supports the TalkBack feature. Bravia TVs with Linux OS didn’t have a TalkBack feature. Based on the models of Bravia TVs, you have to follow the below steps to turn off the TalkBack feature if your TV is running on Android or Google TV OS.

Under System Menu

[1] Press the Home button on your remote control.

[2] Navigate to the menu and select the Settings option.

Select Settings to turn off TalkBack on Sony TV

[3] Scroll down and select the System option.

Select System

[4] In the System menu, click Accessibility on the left pane.

Click Accessibility

[5] Now, choose the TalkBack option.

Choose TalkBack

[6] After that, click Enable option.

[7] Finally, toggle off the Enable option to disable TalkBack on Sony TV.

Click OK to turn off TalkBack on Sony TV

[8] Now, your TV will display a confirmation message to Stop TalkBack. Click OK.

In some models, you have to turn off the Screen Reader feature too to disable the TalkBack option on your Sony Android or Google TV.

Under Device Preferences

[1] Launch your Bravia TV and press the Home button.

[2] Navigate Settings on the top right.

[3] Select Device Preferences under the Settings menu.

Select Device Preferences

[4] Under Device Preferences, choose Accessibility.

Choose Accessibility

[5] Now, select the TalkBack option.

Select TalkBack to turn off on Sony TV

[6] Turn off the Enable toggle and confirm the selection by hitting the OK button.

Toggle Enable option Off on Sony TV

Disable Accessibility Shortcut on Sony TV

The TalkBack or Screen reader feature can also be enabled via the Accessibility shortcut. This window appears on your initial setup or by pressing the Mute button for 3 seconds to turn this feature on or off.

[1] Press the Home button and navigate the screen’s Dashboard.

[2] Navigate Settings and choose the System menu.

[3] Now, select the Accessibility option.

[4] Open the Accessibility Shortcut and hit Enter.

[5] Turn off the Enable accessibility shortcut option.


1. Is Screen Reader the same as TalkBack?

Yes, both are the same. Some Android TVs have a feature called Screen Reader that reads out the information on your TV screen.

2. Will disabling the TalkBack feature turns off Google Assistant?

No, Google Assistant on Sony TV won’t be affected by the TalkBack feature.