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How To Use Guided Frame For Selfies On The Pixel 7

Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro can help visually-impaired users take selfies through Guided Frame, which provides audio and vibrations as feedback while capturing a front-facing photo. It’s part of the company’s existing portfolio of accessibility features, housed under TalkBack. TalkBack is a screen reader that allows people who are visually-impaired to use auditory and sensory feedback to navigate their devices.

Guided Frame is a small but significant part of a wide-ranging effort by Google to make its products accessible to more users. Many of the features resulting from this effort pertain to the cameras, which has always been an important part of Pixel smartphones. Aside from Guided Frame, Google also introduced Real Tone, a feature that uses algorithms to capture a person’s skin tone accurately. It was trained using over 10,000 portraits of people of color, and is enabled out of the box. However, Guided Frame is a feature that must be enabled manually, and can significantly aid visually-impaired users while taking a selfie.

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Before users can start using Guided Frame to take selfies, they must first enable TalkBack. To do this, they can navigate through the Settings app, but this will require assistance from someone able to view the screen. After Settings is opened, navigate to ‘Accessibility’ and select ‘TalkBack.’ Tap the toggle next to ‘Use TalkBack‘ to turn the screen reader on. Once TalkBack is enabled for the first time, users can toggle it on or off by holding down both volume buttons for three seconds. For people that cannot visually navigate the Settings app, TalkBack can be activated through Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google, turn on TalkBack.”

After TalkBack is turned on, Guided Frame will be automatically enabled. That means anytime a user goes to take a selfie, the feature will use audio and vibrations to guide the user’s face to the center of the frame. To open the Camera app, users can navigate the display with TalkBack and double tap the Camera app’s icon. Users can also quick launch the Camera app by double-pressing the power button. The first time the camera app is opened after TalkBack is enabled, the system will inform users about Guided Frame. “When you have TalkBack on, audio and vibrations will guide you to the center of the viewfinder,” a prompt reads. “After a three-second countdown, a photo will be taken.

When users switch to the front-facing camera with TalkBack turned on, Guided Frame will begin. Users will attempt to hold their phone up in front of their face. The phone will vibrate until the person’s face is centered in the frame, with stronger vibrations indicating when the person is out-of-frame. When the Pixel 7 or 7 Pro’s ringer is on, the phone will give audible directions on how to move the phone so that a face is framed correctly. After the smartphone is positioned correctly, it will announce “Ready for selfie” and begin a three-second countdown. The photo will be taken after the countdown is completed. Guided Frame on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro makes it easier for visually-impaired users to take selfies.

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Source: Google Support

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