If you have an Android device, you must be familiar with Talkback and Accessibility features that help people with weak eyesight. They include a voice guide, High contrast, greyscale, enlargement of menu area and text, and sign language. Once enabled, the Voice assistant starts giving an audio description for the TV menu and options. If you have enabled this feature, here is an easy way to turn off Voice Guide on Samsung Smart TVs.
The tips to stop Samsung TV from talking by turning off the audio description will work all models. Whether you own Samsung TV 5-Series, 6-Series. 7-Series, 8-Series, 9-Series, QLED, or SUHD, you can turn off the Voice Guide feature on all of them. I have tried it on my Q70R, but it should work on a broad range of Samsung TV models including Q60T, Q70T, Q80T, Q95T, Q60R, Q80R, Q90R, Q90T, Q8C, Q950T, Q800T, Q900R, Q6F, Q7F, etc. You should also keep your TV up-to-date by updating your Samsung TV automatically or via USB.
What is Voice Guide?
Voice Guide is a voice assistant or narrator on Samsung Smart TVs that gives an audio description of all the menu items and options. Moreover, it also gives audio feedback when you switch to connected devices such as a set-top box or streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, etc. Besides, it will also tell you all details such as movie names and descriptions when you browse online streaming services.
The Voice Guide feature is similar to the Talkback or Screen Reader feature on Android. Fortunately, turning off the Voice Guide on Samsung TV is much easier than disabling Talkback on Android devices. This accessibility feature might be useful to some people, especially those with bad vision. However, if you can easily read everything and don’t need a voice assistant, you might find Voice Guide loud and annoying.
Annoying?? Yes, it really is! I recently purchased a Samsung Q70R Series. One day, my son was in charge of the TV remote and he started playing with it. He somehow got into the TV settings and turned the Voice guide feature on. On returning home, I found a TV that kept giving an audio description that sounded like some irritating voiceover. Moreover, you can also uninstall the default apps on your Samsung Smart TV.
Turning off Voice Guide on Samsung TV
Method 1: Holding the Volume Button
Well, this is the easiest method to go directly to the Accessibility Shortcuts on your Samsung TV. Actually, I discovered it accidentally while trying to do something else.
- Press and hold the Volume button on your Samsung Smart Remote.
- Doing so will directly take you to the Voice Guide option. Just press the Center/Select button to turn off Voice Guide.
Method 2: Via Accessibility Settings
Let’s see how we can stop a Samsung TV from talking in a few simple steps by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > Voice Guide Settings > Voice Guide. For detailed instructions with screenshots, see below.
- Press the Home Button on your Samsung TV’s Smart Remote Control.
- Press the left side of the round Directional pad on your remote, navigate to Settings and press the center button to open it.
- When the Settings menu is open, highlight the General option.
- Now, press the Center Button or the right side of the Directional pad on your remote to open the General settings menu.
- Navigate to the Accessibility option by pressing the low side of the Directional pad and open it.
- Among the Accessibility options, you will see Voice Guide Settings.
- Open Voice Guide Settings.
- As you can see in the above screenshot, Voice Guide is currently enabled. Just press the Center Button and it will be turned off.
Turning off Voice Guide using Voice Command
If your Samsung TV remote has a microphone button, you can turn off the Voice Guide as follows:
- Press and hold the microphone button on your remote.
- Say “Voice guide off“, or “Turn off Voice guide.”
I have created a list of hundreds of Bixby, Alexa, and Google Home voice commands for Samsung TV that you can use to control your TV by using your voice.
On Old Samsung TVs (2014-2018)
If you own an older Series Samsung TV, follow the quick steps given below to turn off Voice Guide.
- Press MENU/123 button on the Samsung TV remote control.
- Select Menu > System or Settings.
- Now, select Accessibility > Voice Guide.
- Select Voice Guide again.
- Press the selection key on the remote and select OFF to disable Voice Guide.
Disabling Audio Description on Samsung TV (2008-2013)
I was recently notified by one of our visitors that the steps given above didn’t work because the Accessibility menu wasn’t available on her 2010 Samsung Series 6 LED TV. If you own a Samsung TV released between 2008 and 2013, follow the steps given below to turn off Audio Description.
- Press the Menu button on your Samsung TV remote.
- Navigate to Sound or Sound Mode using the directional arrow buttons and press OK.
- Now go to the Broadcast option and select Audio Language.
- If Audio Description is enabled on your Samsung TV, you’ll see English AD selected. Here “AD” means ‘audio description’.
- Switch to “English” only to turn off Audio Description.
- On some Samsung TV models, you can enable or disable Audio Description simply by holding the Menu button for a few seconds.
Having turned off the Voice Guide feature on your Samsung Smart TV, you will get rid of the annoying voice description. Some Samsung TV users reported they are still getting voiceover on their TV after disabling the Voice Guide. Since the Voice Guide and Bixby are the only functions that give voice output, you should also try to disable Bixby on your TV to get rid of the audio description altogether.