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Google is testing a new “Camera Switch” option as part of Android’s Switch Accessibility. First reported by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, the new camera switching feature available in the Android Accessibility Suite 12.0 beta is starting to roll out alongside Android Environment. With this feature, you can control your Android phone with facial expressions, and in this article, we’ll show you how.

Control Android Phone with Facial Expressions (2021)

Before I get started, I would like to clarify that Switch Access is not limited to Android 12 phones. I downloaded the latest beta version of the Android Accessibility Kit on my ROG Phone 5 running Android 11 and it works. Great movement. Don’t see the Switch Camera option, download the APKMirror APK, or try updating the Android Accessibility Kit from the Play Store when it’s widely available.

Set up Camera Switches Accessibility Service

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on ‘Accessibility’ to view accessibility settings. Under Interaction controls, tap on ‘Switch Access’.

2.  Then, enable the ‘Use Switch Access toggle to get started. You will now see a pop-up requesting full control of your device to control the screen and perform actions. Tap on ‘Allow’ to confirm and set up the feature.

3. Once you have enabled Switch Access, you will see the option to choose a switch type and number of switches. Pick ‘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.

4. You should now pick how Switch Access should scan the contents on your screen. The available options are Linear scanning, Row-column scanning, and Group selection. Pick the method you are comfortable with, and then tap on ‘Next’ in the bottom right corner of the screen. On the next page, pick one of the facial gestures you would like to use.

5. For instance, I have set up the ‘Smile’ gesture to open the Quick Settings panel. You can assign the gesture to other actions like going to the home screen, going back, and more. You can follow the same steps to set actions for other gestures (check 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 12 Accessibility Suite: Facial Gestures and Actions

In a nutshell, here are all the possible enhanced face gestures and camera switching actions that you can assign to them:

Face Gestures

  • Open Mouth
  • Smile
  • Look Left
  • Raise Eyebrows
  • Look Right
  • Look Up

Camera Switch Actions

  • Pause Camera Switch
  • Auto-scan
  • Reverse auto-scan
  • Select
  • Next
  • Previous
  • Touch & hold
  • Scroll forward
  • Scroll backward
  • Home
  • Back
  • Notifications
  • Quick Settings
  • Overview

How to Use Camera Switch Actions on Android

Now that you’ve turned on the camera on our Android phone and know all the possible facial gestures and actions you can use, here’s a quick demo of this feature. ‘to return to the home screen.

Here’s another example where I used the Smile gesture to open the quick settings panel. While only demos are available, you can mix and match actions and gestures depending on your preference.

Use Switch Access to Control Your Android Phone

So we’re done with our guide to using Switch Access to control your Android phone with facial expressions. If you give it a try, let us know if you found it helpful in the comments section.

Images courtesy: beebom

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