How to Set up iPhone VoiceOver

Apple uses the VoiceOver accessibility feature on iPhones to enhance the usability for everyone, including the visually impaired, the blind, and those with limited motor skills. With VoiceOver, anyone can use an iPhone, which makes it an important feature. It reads what’s on the screen and lets you know what a function does before selecting or tapping it. You can control your phone even if you cannot see the screen.

What Happens When VoiceOver is Enabled?

  • An audio voice reads the item that appears first on the screen when you open a new page or screen.
  • When you click an item, the VoiceOver reads it aloud. 
  • You scroll the screen using three fingers.
  • To activate or deactivate an action, you double-tap on it.

How to Activate VoiceOver on iPhone

  • Open the setting app.
  • Click Accessibility.
  • Under the Vision category on the top, tap VoiceOver.
  • Tap VoiceOver on to enable it. When enabled, the feature turns green.

If you would like to disable VoiceOver, follow the same process but on the last step, tap VoiceOver Off. Notice that when the VoiceOver is active, the gestures you use on your iPhone change.

How to Practice Gestures on iPhone 

There’s a special area where you can practice gestures without changing the iPhone settings. When practising, VoiceOver explains the gesture and the action that results from it. To practice gestures on your iPhone, proceed as follows.

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Tap VoiceOver and enable it.
  • Tap VoiceOver practice and double-tap to start.
  • Practice tap, double-tap, triple tap, and swipe right, left, up, or down gestures using one, two, three, and four fingers.
  • When you finish, click Done and double-tap to exit.

How to Use VoiceOver

  • Single tap- a single tap describes aloud what is on your iPhone screen.
  • Double-tap- a double-tap selects the item on your screen.
  • Scrolling- when the VoiceOver is active, you use three figures to scroll up and down the screen. Do not use one finger as the iPhone may confuse it for a tap.
  • The three-finger double-tap switches the speech command on and off the Lock Screen.
  • Use a two-finger double-tap to start and stop the action. For example, if you are on a phone call, double-tapping with two fingers ends the call. 

To help you understand and use these options with ease, use the VoiceOver practice.

How to Adjust Speaking Rate in VoiceOver

If you find the VoiceOver speaking fast or slowly, there’s an option that allows you to adjust it to your preference. Here is how you go about it:

  • Open the Setting app on your home screen
  • Tap Accessibility
  • Click VoiceOver
  • Tap and drag the slider on Speaking Rate to adjust the speaking rate. Sliding to the right increases the speaking rate, while sliding to the left slows down the speaking rate.

How to Change the VoiceOver Voice

If the current VoiceOver voice does not sound appealing to you, you can change it to your preference. You can change to a female or male voice, and in accents you like. Proceed as follows to set it up.

  • Go to Settings on your Home Screen.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Select VoiceOver and tap Speech.
  • Tap Voice.
  • You’ll find many voices with names. Tap on each and click play to preview.
  • Tap the name to select the voice you like.

To Sum Up

VoiceOver is an important accessibility feature that allows you to operate your iPhone without looking at your screen. It is helpful for people with visual impairment and limited motor skills. It is easy to set up, and you can adjust the settings as discussed above to meet your needs.

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