VoiceOver Basics – iPhone Beginner's Guide

Summary

This article will guide iPhone beginners how to use VoiceOver with ease, including what is VoiceOver, how does it work, and how to turn it on/off.

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September 21, 2016

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VoiceOver is a screen reader built into Apple Inc.'s OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iPod operating systems. It describes aloud what appears onscreen, so that users can use iPhone without seeing it. The feature is designed to increase accessibility for blind and low-vision users, also for users with dyslexia.

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Touch the iPhone screen or drag your finger over it to hear the items on the screen. When you select a text, VoiceOver reads the text. If you turn on Speak Hints, VoiceOver may tell you the name of the item and provide instructions—for example, "double-tap to open."

When you go to a new screen, VoiceOver plays a sound, then selects and speaks the first item on the screen (typically in the upper-left corner). VoiceOver also lets you know when the display changes to landscape or portrait orientation, and when the screen becomes dimmed or locked.

How to Use VoiceOver on iPhone

How to Use VoiceOver on iPhone

Note: VoiceOver speaks in the language specified in Settings > General > Language & Region (VoiceOver is available in many languages, but not all.).

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How to Use VoiceOver on an iPhone

VoiceOver changes the gestures in iPhone in order to make it easier for visually impaired individuals to know what they're tapping on before they actually select it. Smart Tips and tricks for using VoiceOver:

Turn VoiceOver on or off. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, or use the Accessibility Shortcut.

Single-tap anywhere on the screen and your iPhone will speak aloud the item that you're tapping on. Double-tap on an item to select it.

A two-finger double-tap while performing an action will start or stop that action. For example, if you're on a phone call, double-tapping the screen with two fingers will end the call (Learn: how to recover deleted call history on iPhone). If you're in the Camera app, double-tap with two fingers to take a photo (Learn: how to import photos from iPhone to PC).

Mute VoiceOver. Double-tap with three fingers; repeat to unmute. If you're using an external keyboard, press the Control key.

Pause Speaking. Tap once with two fingers, and then tap again with two fingers to resume, or select another item.

Use a larger VoiceOver cursor. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, then turn on Large Cursor.

Change pronunciation. Set the rotor to Language, then swipe up or down. Language is available in the rotor only if you select more than one pronunciation in Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech > Rotor Languages.

Change Pronunciation. Set the rotor to Language, then swipe up or down. Language is available in the rotor only if you select more than one pronunciation in Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech > Rotor Languages.

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