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How to use the touch and hold delay in Android Jelly Bean

How to use the touch and hold delay in Android Jelly Bean

This page explains how to activate the touch and hold delay, which can be useful if you have difficulty with pressing icons.

  • To activate the Accessibility features on your android device select ‘Settings’ under 'System' and then select ‘Accessibility’.
  • You can alter the length of time needed to touch and hold an item on screen before your device recognises that the item has been selected.
  • Tap to select:
    • Short
    • Medium
    • Long

The Touch and Hold delay option in Accessibility settings.

NOTE: These instructions apply to the standard version of Android as found in the Google Nexus range.  They also apply to other devices (as long as they are using the same operating system) but please be aware that there may be minor differences.  This is due to the custom ‘skins’ some companies apply to their mobile devices instead of the stock Android theme.

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