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.
VoiceOver can be switched on thanks to the
VoiceOver device menu.
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.
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.
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 :
Tips & Tricks
Hereunder are unusual features that may be useful to a VoiceOver user on any type of device :
- Read elements from the top.
- Read elements from the selection.
- Start/pause the elements vocalization.
- Locate the selected element.
- Toggle Speech.
- Open Control Center.
- See Notifications.
- Activate the selected element.
- Go back to the previous page.
- Use the item chooser list.
- Select the first element on the page.
- Select the last element on the page.
- Toggle Curtain Screen.
- Set a custom label.
- Use Spotlight Search.
- Open a link in a text view.
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 : triple-tap with 3 fingers anywhere on the screen.
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 1 finger anywhere on the screen. First, select the 'Links' rotor item before flicking up to reach the desired link. Then, double-tap and hold with one finger once the link is selected until a popup shows up and an action sheet appears to suggest the appropriate option.