VoiceOver is one of the most remarkable text-to-speech feature in iPhone that helps those with visual impairments so that they can use their Apple devices right out of the box, without needing help from a sighted person. VoiceOver feature helps you to identify the current screen you are on and the buttons or icons you are pressing, even if you cannot see the screen.
VoiceOver feature will make your iPhone speak the name of the present icon that you are taping and narrate you everything that is happening on your iPhone. You can adjust the speech rate and pitch, enable spoken hints, and add sound effects. This feature works as a blessing for those who are visually impaired and may also come in handy if you have left your eyeglasses at home or have broken them. VoiceOver can even make your iPhone read to you when you are in a car but need to catch up on your email or want to hear what your folks are doing on Twitter or Facebook.
How to enable VoiceOver
- Tap on Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone.
- Select the General option.
- Scroll down and tap on the Accessibility option.
- From the Accessibility screen, from the Vision section select the VoiceOver option.
- Toggle ON the VoiceOver Option.
The gestures you frequently use on your iPhone will be changed, once this feature is enabled and makes it easier for the visually impaired individuals to know what they’re tapping on before they actually select it.
- Single-tap anywhere on the screen and your iPhone will speak aloud about the item that you’re tapping on.
- Double-tap on the item to select it.
- Use three fingers to scroll through a page. Generally, you use only one finger to scroll with VoiceOver off, but with VoiceOver you should use three so that your iPhone doesn’t misread a tap as a scroll.
- Double-tap with three fingers to toggle speech commands on and off from the Lock Screen.
- Two-finger double-tap while performing any action will start or stop that action. For example, if you’re on a call, double-tapping the screen with two fingers will end the call. Similarly, double-tap with two fingers to take a photo.
VoiceOver feature can be really helpful for those who have vision problems as it turns your iPhone into a speaking and guiding device. Every application, icon and action is illustrated with the help of words. After turning it on, you will find that your iPhone is, literally, narrating its entire existence.
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