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A new accessibility feature introduced with Android 12 allows you to control your screen with facial gestures: raise your eyebrows, smile, open your mouth, look up, look left, look right. This feature, called Camera Switch, uses the phone’s camera to recognize these gestures, allowing them to signal simple operations on the screen.
These operations include: move to the next item on the screen, select an item, move to the previous item, touch and hold, scroll forward and backward; you can also pause the camera switch. The list is not long: it includes only six facial gestures and not too many actions. But it’s a start and it might come in handy if you can’t use your phone’s screen with your hands.
Control Android phone with facial expressions
Configure the Camera Switches Accessibility Service
- Open the Settings app and tap on ‘Accessibility’ to see the accessibility settings. Under Interaction Controls, tap “Enhanced Accessibility.”
- Then, enable the ‘Use Enhanced Accessibility’ toggle to get started. You will now see a pop-up window requesting full control of your device to control the screen and perform actions. Tap ‘Allow’ to confirm and configure the feature.
- Once you’ve enabled enhanced accessibility, you’ll see the option to choose a switch type and the number of switches. Choose ‘Camera Switch’ as the switch type. You can choose to have one or two switches, but Google recommends using two switches to access more gestures
- Now you have to choose how the enhanced accessibility should scan the content on your screen. Available options are Linear Scan, Row & Column Scan, and Group Selection. Choose the method you are comfortable with and then tap ‘Next’ in the lower right corner of the screen. On the next page, choose one of the facial gestures that you would like to use.
- For example, I set the ‘Smile’ gesture to open the Quick Settings panel. You can assign the gesture to other actions like going to the home screen, returning, and more. You can follow the same steps to configure actions for other gestures (see the image below or the next section). If you change your mind, you can tap on ‘Edit Assignment’ to reassign a gesture to a different action.
Android Accessibility Pack 12: Gestures and Facial Actions
- Open mouth
- Look to the left
- Raise eyebrows
- Look right
- Look for
Camera change actions
- Camera pause switch
- Auto Scanner
- Reverse autoscan
- Please select
- Touch and hold
- Scroll forward
- Scroll back
- Quick settings
How to use camera switch actions on Android
- Now that you’ve set the camera switches on our Android phone and are familiar with all the possible gestures and facial actions that you can use it with, here’s a quick demo of the feature. In the GIF below, I used the ‘Open Mouth’ gesture to get back to the home screen.
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