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Touch and hold delay – Android Jelly Bean

Touch and hold delay is an Accessibility Service for Android which lets users set the recognition time for tapping and holding the screen.  Applications sometimes require users to press their finger on the screen and hold it in order to trigger another action.  However, the system default is set to a short delay and it sometimes fails to differentiate between a quick and long press.  This can cause problems for some users, particularly those with motor difficulties.  It is therefore useful for many users to change the duration of a long press in their settings.

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

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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