VoiceOver user guide

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader that reads aloud the items that appear on the device screen.
It vocalizes all visible elements in the page specially for blind or impaired, dyslexic or illiterate users.

When VoiceOver is on, the standard gestures behave differently and additional gestures let you move the focus on the screen and control the selected items.

It's better but not mandatory to activate the vibration feature in the accessibility settings in order to feel the trigger of some actions.

A sound may be heard in case of a disactivated vibration feature but VoiceOver might cover it.

Two gestures are important to be well understood so as to perfectly harness the provided details thereafter :
The flick consists in raising the finger of the screen at the end of the mopvement while continuing it in the air.
The swipe consists in doing the gesture while keeping the finger on the screen.

First, VoiceOver common gestures will be introduced to be followed by iPhoneX dedicated gestures.
The last part will deal with unusual but useful features for an advanced user.

Common gestures


  • Drag one finger

    Explore your screen and hear audible feedback for what is being touched.




  • Double-tap anywhere on the screen

    Opens or activates the item that you last touched (vocalized).




  • Flick up or down using three fingers

    Scroll within lists or pages if selected. Equivalent to a vertical swipe.





  • Flick left or right using three fingers

    Change pages and screens when possible. Equivalent to a horizontal swipe.



  • Flick left/right using one finger

    Move the focus to the previous/next item.




  • Flick up/down using one finger

    Increase/decrease the value of an adjustable element.


iPhoneX

The lack of the home button on the main screen for this device has modified the usual gestures.
These new common gestures have induced new VoiceOver behavior for some actions :


Gesture : flick up with one finger from the bottom edge of the screen until you feel a simple vibration (approximately the first lower quarter part of the screen).



Gesture : flick up with one finger from the bottom edge of the screen until you feel a double vibration (approximately in the middle of the screen).


Gesture: flick down with one finger from the top edge of the screen until you feel a simple vibration (approximately the first upper quarter part of the screen).


Gesture: flick down with one finger from the top edge of the screen until you feel a double vibration (approximately in the middle of the screen).



Tips & Tricks

Hereunder are unusual features that may be useful to a VoiceOver user on any device :


Gesture : flick up with 2 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : flick down with 2 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : simple-tap with 2 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : simple-tap with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : double-tap with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.
If the zoom functionality is activated in the settings, a triple-tap will be mandatory to obtain the same result.


First of all, an element of the status bar must be selected.
Gesture: flick up with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.


First of all, an element of the status bar must be selected.
Gesture: flick down with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : select and hold the element with one finger, then make a simple-tap with another finger anywhere on the screen.
This is a very useful gesture when using a keyboard : the index finger select the letter while the middle finger makes the simple-tap.


Gesture : swipe with 2 fingers drawing a Z-shape anywhere on the screen.
This ends exactly in the same result as the click on the native back button.


Gesture : triple-tap with 2 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : simple-tap with 4 fingers in the upper half part of the screen.


Gesture : simple-tap with 4 fingers in the lower half part of the screen.


Gesture : triple-tap with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.
If the zoom functionality is activated in the settings, a quadruple-tap will be mandatory to obtain the same result.
It will allow a VoiceOver using with a dark screen promoting the confidentiality and the longevity of the battery at the same time.


Gesture : double-tap and hold with 2 fingers anywhere on the screen.


Gesture : flick down with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.