How to use Voice Over on your iPhone/ iPad

Voice Over is an Accessibility feature that helps the blind and sight impaired to operate their iPhone/iPad easier

Voice Over can read aloud all their operations on the iPhone/ iPad’s screen, including buttons, icons, links, and other interface elements, and the blind and sight impaired use gestures select their options. In this article, we will show you how to activate and use the Voice Over feature

  1. How to activate Voice Over on iPhone/ iPad
  • Open the Settingsapp
  • Tap on General
  • Select Accessibility


  • Tap on Voice Over under the Vision category
  • Toggle the Voice Over switch on


Now the Voice Over is enabled, the gestures you usually use will change.

  1. How to use Voice Over on iPhone/iPad

Voice Over changes the gestures in order to make it easier for the blind and impaired to know what they need to do before selecting it. Here are some tips to use Voice Over:

  • Single-tap: anywhere on the screen,  the device will speak aloud the item you are tapping on.
  • Double-tap: select the item.
  • Use three fingers to scroll through a page so that your device does not misread a tap as a scroll.
  • Double-tap with three fingers right on the Lock toggle speech commands on and off
  • Two-finger double-tap while performing an action will start or stop that action.

In Voice Over, you can customize options such as whether you would like the device to speak notifications or not.

  1. How to change speaking rate in Voice Over


You can change the speed that Voice Over speaks to you, slow it right down and it sounds drunk. You can easily adjust when Voice Over is turned off.

  • Open Settings from your Home screen.
  • Tap on General.
  • Then select Accessibility.
  • Tap on Voice Over.


Tap and drag the slider of Speaking Rate to change the rate of speech to the level you want. The further right you drag, the faster it speaks.


  1. How to change the voice of VoiceOver


If you do not like the female voice of Voice Over, you can change it to a male, or different accents. Here are some steps to do that:


  • From your Home screen, launch the Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver
  • Tap on Speech > Voice


  • Tap on a voice.
  • Tap the play button next to a voice to preview it or select the download button to download it.


  • Enable the voice



  1. How to use the rotor


Rotor is a quick menu of Voice Over options. It helps users access from any screen. To use the rotor feature, you need to do the two steps:


  • Twist two fingers on the screen so that Voice Over can read out each option as you twist around the circle.
  • Short swipe up or down to increase volume, speaking rate, or anything else you choose to add to the rotor


  1. How to manage rotor options


  • To manage rotor options, first open the Settings app
  • Tap on General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Rotor
  • Tap each rotor option you want to put into the rotor. Then select the options with checkmarks next to them.

You can also move each option by tapping and holding the three horizontal lines on each option and drag it up or down

  1. How to change the alert display duration


You can change how long an alert displays on your wireless Braille display by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Voice Over, then Tap on Braille > Status Cell and tap Off, Left or Right.


  1. How to manage typing feedback


You can manage the Voice Over feedback from both software and hardware keyboards.

First, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver

Then, tap on Typing Feedback.

Select an option under Software Keyboards or Hardware Keyboards.

  • Nothing
  • Characters
  • Words
  • Characters and Words




  1. How to enable/disable the large cursor

Open the Settings app > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver

Next, tap the switch next to Large Cursor to enable it.



Above are basic things on how to enable and use the VoiceOver for the blind and sight impaired. If you find any other useful tips, leave your comments in the chat box below.

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