Do you have a hard time reading your iPhone screen? Or do you find it challenging to use your phone with one hand? If so, you may have tried using the VoiceOver feature on your iPhone.
VoiceOver is an iPhone feature that helps users with low vision, limited motor skills, or hearing impairment navigate their iPhones quickly and conveniently. This VoiceOver feature gives audible descriptions of what is on your iPhone screen, including the app you’re pointing to, battery level, or caller ID. Turning it off is just as easy if you already have the VoiceOver feature on your iPhone.
To turn off VoiceOver on your iPhone, launch the Settings app, go to the “Accessibility” tab and click on it. On the Accessibility window, click on the “VoiceOver” option. Finally, slide the toggle next to VoiceOver from on to off.
To learn more about turning off the VoiceOver feature on iPhone, read this article to the end.
Overview of Turning Off VoiceOver on iPhone
As mentioned earlier, iPhone’s VoiceOver is an accessibility feature that helps you interact with different apps even when you can’t see the screen. VoiceOver reads screen descriptions aloud, so you know which exact app you are tapping on before it opens.
The VoiceOver feature makes various changes to your iPhone, including the following.
- Playing a sound or reading the first item aloud when you scroll to get to a new page.
- Reading items and app names aloud.
- Enabling three-finger scrolls.
- Enabling two-finger double-taps to start or stop action on an app.
Next, we delve into the exact steps to turn off VoiceOver on iPhone.
Turning Off VoiceOver on iPhone
If you want to turn off VoiceOver, you can use the methods below.
Method #1: Turn It Off in Settings
Follow the procedure below to turn off VoiceOver through Settings.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll to the “Accessibility” option and then click on it.
- Scroll down until you find “VoiceOver” and switch the toggle button to off.
Method #2: Use Siri
You first need to ensure that Siri is enabled on your device. After Siri is enabled, you can turn off the VoiceOver feature by doing the following.
- Long press the home button or tap and hold the side button to activate Siri.
- Then say, “Turn off VoiceOver“.
Siri will say, “VoiceOver is off” or “OK, I turned VoiceOver off” to confirm that the VoiceOver feature has been disabled.
Method #3: Use iTunes
You need to connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed. Open up iTunes once your device is connected and select your iPhone from the sidebar.
- Select “Summary“.
- Scroll to the bottom and click “Configure Universal Access” or “Configure Accessibility“.
- Uncheck the “Enable VoiceOver” box or click on “Neither“.
- Click “Apply“ or “OK“ and then “Sync“.
This will turn off the VoiceOver feature on your iPhone.
Method #4: Use Control Center
You can use the Control Center to turn off VoiceOver quickly; however, you must first add the Accessibility Shortcut to the Control Center. Before that, ensure the VoiceOver option is added to the Accessibility Shortcut.
To add an Accessibility Shortcut to the Control Center:
- Go to Settings.
- Click on “Control Center“.
- Select “Customize Controls“.
- Scroll down and find the “Accessibility Shortcuts” option. Tap the plus (+) button to add it to your Control Center.
After doing this, you can open the Control Center and tap on the Accessibility Shortcuts icon. This will bring up a menu of options, and tap on “VoiceOver” to turn it off.
As you’ve learned, turning off VoiceOver on an iPhone is pretty straightforward. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, then go to the General tab. Next, click on the Accessibility option, then scroll to VoiceOver. Slide the toggle next to VoiceOver from On to Off.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you use Face ID to unlock your iPhone, wake your iPhone, then glance at it. Next, drag the bottom edge of your iPhone screen until you hear a rising tone. If your iPhone has a Touch ID, unlock your iPhone by pressing the home button with the Touch ID registered finger.
To create a VoiceOver shortcut on iPhone, launch the Settings app, then click on the “General” tab. Next, go to “Accessibility” > “Accessibility Shortcut“. To turn on VoiceOver using the shortcut, triple-click on the side or home button.
The easiest way to enter the passcode with VoiceOver is to triple-click the side button to unlock the iPhone. Alternatively, use Siri to disable VoiceOver, then input the passcode as you usually would.