The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have an Android 13 accessibility feature called Guided Frame. This feature is supposed to help you take better selfies if you’re visually impaired, giving you audio and haptic cues to better frame your photos. NextPit explains how it works and how to activate it.
Guided Frame is a built-in feature in TalkBack, an Android screen reader that reads interface parts aloud to the visually impaired and others. So first you need to activate TalkBack, Guided Frame and then switch to Selfie mode on your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro Photos app. To enable TalkBack:
- go to settings And then to Accessibility.
- Tap Answer.
- Turn on the designated switch Use TalkBack.
You can also activate TalkBack with the Google Assistant: “Hey Google, activate TalkBack”. This will save you from going through the steps listed above.
How to use Google’s Guided Frame on your Pixel 7 (Pro)?
As discussed above, once TalkBack is enabled, the Guided Frame feature will be enabled automatically. Simply open the Photos app on your Pixel 7 ( review ) and Pixel 7 Pro ( review ) and switch to selfie mode. The voice assistant will give you instructions on how to properly position and orient your smartphone. “Lower your smartphone slightly to the right” vibrations come with voice instructions.
Once the frame is deemed correct, you’ll have an audio alert that says “Selfie Ready” with a count of three. And that’s it. I’ve made a video demonstration below to show you how it works. Now, I didn’t want to turn my eyes away because I thought this clip might be inappropriate. And while I think TalkBack is a bit too verbose without interrupting the memory, the guided frame feature works well.
If you don’t often use Android’s accessibility features, enabling TalkBack can be confusing. Every element of the interface you tap is read aloud by the smartphone. It also lists possible options and interactions with the specified entity.
And tap once to select an item and double tap to load or confirm an action. It is the same to scan or scroll the screen, you have to use two fingers. I’m only saying this to those of you who want to try Guided Frame out of pure curiosity rather than need, whether you’re visually impaired or not.
I know it may seem a little silly to attribute text to accessibility in this format. My paper is inaccessible, and the NextPit interface is also inaccessible. But it’s a topic that really fascinates me and one that I’ve wanted to look into seriously for a long time.
And I find it refreshing to have an accessibility feature that isn’t entirely useful. By this, I mean that the goal of a guided frame is not just to make the lives of people with disabilities easier. It’s also about making accessible things a little simpler, less important, but which everyone uses in their daily lives for pure entertainment, not out of necessity.
What do you think about Google’s Guided Frame feature on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro?