How to turn off Narrator on your Windows Phone

Narrator is a Windows Phone 8.1 feature that is designed to help users who are visually impaired, blind, or have trouble reading text on the tiny phone screen. It comes with its own list of gestures and when turned on, it acts as a screen reader that reads text out loud. While this can be handy for some users, it can become quickly annoying for others. That’s because when the Narrator is turned on, it becomes next to impossible to navigate the phone fluently and more so when you want to scroll down the screen to select an option.

If you’re stuck in a similar situation and want to turn off narrator on your Windows Phone, there are a few ways in which you can do this:

Method 1: Use the Ease of Access Settings

  1. Go to your Windows Phone Settings screen.
  2. Tap Ease of Access.
  3. In the next screen, turn off Narrator.

Method 2: Use the Volume Buttons
Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Start button simultaneously for about three seconds or so.

Method 3: Use Cortana

  1. On the Start screen, tap on the Magnifier icon in the navigation bar to open the virtual voice assistant Cortana.
  2. Ask Cortana to open Ease of Access.
  3. Turn off the Narrator settings.
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